The Best Free Zoom Backgrounds to Make Your Video Conferencing More Fun

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Bat Cave
Source: dccomics.com

If you’re a remote worker, you may have plenty of experience with video conferencing as a way to communicate with clients, team members, or other colleagues. But with millions of additional people working remotely right now, the use of video conferencing technology is at an all-time high.

And aside from work and business-related communication, many people are using the same technology to stay connected to friends and family.

Zoom has emerged as the most popular tool for video conferencing and it has a fun feature for virtual backgrounds that you may want to try (this is also possible with Google Meet and some others). Instead of showing your cluttered apartment or home office in the background, you can use a virtual background. Make it look like you’re at a tropical beach, at a famous landmark, or even on the set of your favorite TV show or movie.

Zoom’s virtual background feature is supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS devices, but it is not supported on Android at this time (see this page for the technical requirements).

You can use one of the backgrounds provided by Zoom, use your own photo or video as a background, or make use of a growing collection of free backgrounds that are available.

If you’ve never used a virtual background before, you can find some helpful tips and resources at the end of this page. But for now, let’s take a look at some of your options.

Free Zoom Backgrounds from Movies and TV Shows

Seinfeld

This showcase has to start with backgrounds from Seinfeld. Jerry’s apartment is my Zoom background of choice.

Seinfeld
Source: https://twitter.com/Seinfeld2000/status/1245150601282867200
Seinfeld
Source: https://twitter.com/Seinfeld2000/status/1245150601282867200

The Office

Take your conference calls from the Dunder Mifflin office.

The Office
Source: https://twitter.com/thekitze/status/1244549701371867136

Tiger King

One of the most popular shows of 2020 could provide a fun background.

Tiger King
Source: https://twitter.com/zijital/status/1245038524325380096
Tiger King
Source: https://twitter.com/TheQSNews/status/1245453808597155840

Top Gun: Maverick

If the office or apartment setting is a little too boring, this option from Top Gun: Maverick could be a great choice.

Top Gun
Source: https://twitter.com/TopGunMovie/status/1243668426435911680

Star Trek

For Star Trek lovers, what would make a better background than the Starship Enterprise? Any video conferences would be a lot more fun from outer space.

Zoom Backgrounds
Source: https://twitter.com/TrekCore/status/1245729524735791104
Star Trek
Source: https://twitter.com/CBSAllAccess/status/1244627599789158400

Criminal Minds

This background from CBS will make you feel like part of the BAU.

Criminal Minds
Source: https://twitter.com/CrimMinds_CBS/status/1245059067917119493

Parks and Recreation

Transform your home office into the offices from Parks and Recreation, including Leslie Knope’s desk.

Parks and Recreation
Source: https://twitter.com/parksandrecnbc/status/1245468961874927616
Parks and Recreation
Source: https://twitter.com/parksandrecnbc/status/1245468961874927616

The Simpsons

How about a background from your favorite cartoon?

The Simpsons
Source: https://twitter.com/FOXTV/status/1242171691121274880
The Simpsons
Source: https://twitter.com/ThatGuy3002/status/1245419965429288963

Free SciFi Backgrounds

Make it look like you’re taking your conference call from a spaceship instead of your home office with the help of these backgrounds from Vecteezy. They’ve been created as 3D renderings by Thanate Dokmai.

SciFi 1
Source: Vecteezy
SciFi 3
Source: Vecteezy
SciFi 2
Source: Vecteezy
SciFi 4
Source: Vecteezy

DC Comics Zoom Backgrounds

DC Comics has made a big collection of images from their popular comics available to be used as backgrounds. Some of them are showcased below, but you can find even more at DCComics.com.

Bat Cave

Bat Cave
Source: dccomics.com
Bat Cave
Source: dccomics.com

Gotham City

Gotham City
Source: dccomics.com

The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet
Source: dccomics.com

The Fortress of Solitude

Fortress of Solitude
Source: dccomics.com

Hall of Justice

Hall of Justice
Source: dccomics.com

Atlantis

Atlantis
Source: dccomics.com

Gorilla City

Gorilla City
Source: dccomics.com

Funny Zoom Backgrounds

Distracted Boyfriend

This one will be good for some laughs.

boyfriend
Source: https://twitter.com/BeeShellll/status/1245030591386566656

Jail Cell

Instead of making your background more luxurious, how about a jail cell?

Jail Cell
Source: https://twitter.com/le_proletariat/status/1245068291237752832

Oval Office

Surprise your colleagues by taking the call from the oval office.

Oval Office
Source: https://twitter.com/RedEye_Sec/status/1245064456385806336

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

Will your friends be surprised to see you in the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders locker room?

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
Source: https://twitter.com/DCCcmt/status/1244704128057651201

This is Fine

Turn this popular meme into your own background.

This is Fine
Source: https://twitter.com/cpeterso/status/1237864126577172480

Zombie Apocalypse

Place yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Zombie Apocalypse
Source: https://zoommeetingbackgrounds.com/#memeanchor

Budweiser

The bars might be closed, but this background from Budweiser can help.

Budweiser
Source: https://twitter.com/budweiserusa/status/1245101060395429888

Scenic Zoom Backgrounds

Sunset

Sunset
Source: Vecteezy

Beach

Beach
Source: Vecteezy

Forest

Forest
Source: Vecteezy

Mountains

Mountains
Source: Vecteezy

Iceland

Iceland
Source: Vecteezy

Monument Valley

Monument Valley
Source: Vecteezy

Palm Trees

Palm Trees
Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/5y4ljzRrDFA

Beach

Beach
Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/U6t80TWJ1DM

Boat

Boat
Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/O453M2Liufs

Space

Space
Source: https://twitter.com/AeroDork/status/1243354801225846784

Tips for Using Zoom Backgrounds

To get the best results with your virtual background, please follow these tips:

  • Make sure that your work area is bright and evenly lit. The backgrounds do not work very well if you’re in a dark area with lots of shadows.
  • If possible, use a green screen or backdrop with a solid color. This is not 100% necessary, but a busy background is more likely to create issues with the virtual backgrounds. Green screens typically produce the best results.
  • If you’re using a solid backdrop, your clothes should not be the same color as the backdrop.
  • External HD cameras will typically produce better results than a built-in webcam.

How to Use Virtual Backgrounds with Zoom

Zoom has provided instructions that clarify the technical requirements, as well as the settings that you will use to get your virtual background set up. Please see this page. The video below also has some instructions and tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Zoom Backgrounds?

Zoom, Google Meet, and some other similar web conferencing tools allow you to use a custom background. You can use these backgrounds to hide the backdrop of wherever you are.

Do I Need a Green Screen to Use a Custom Background?

A green screen is helpful but not required. Using a solid background will give you better results and cleaner edges.

Is There Any Cost to Use a Custom Background?

No, there is no cost. It is a standard feature of Zoom and Google Meet.

Where Can I Download Images to Use as a Background?

You'll find a huge collection of awesome backgrounds on this page. If you see one you like, click on it to be led to the source where you can download the image.

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