Zoom and Skype help you change the background of your video calls

Among the many advantages of Zoom and Skype, you can change your background to show a bookshelf, a natural space or a cartoon. Let’s see how.

You will have seen it on several occasions, if you are a regular at video calls. Co-workers, friends or family who make a video call with you and who show funny images in the background or, on the contrary, a bookstore or a stylish background.

If you do not want to show what is behind you during a video call and you cannot be in a place without a background, you can make up it thanks to the technology that integrates free popular video call tools such as Zoom or Skype.

You only need to activate this function in Zoom or Skype and what is behind you will change like magic. You only have to choose an image from those available or your own photograph or from the Internet.

Change background in Zoom

There are two ways to change background in Zoom. Before starting the video call, you must go to the application settings and go to the Virtual background section. There you will see a preview. You can also choose one of the images or videos available or add your own.

You can also change background in Zoom during a video call. Clicking on the dropdown to the right of Video, you will see the option Change background … or similar. Choose a background from those available or add one from your device.

As for the necessary requirements. The image has to be 16: 9 aspect ratio. It can be 1280 pixels by 720 pixels or 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. Otherwise, virtual backdrops are available in Zoom latest versions for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also use it on iPhone and iPad. At the moment it does not work neither in the Web version nor in the Android version.

Change background on Skype

To change background in Skype you will need to have the latest version of Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux. In the online version it is not yet implemented.

Before a video call, go to Settings, within your Skype profile, and then Audio and video. Among other options you will find Choose background effect. If you don’t want background but also don’t show what’s behind you, you can turn on Blur. And in Add you can add an image that you have made yourself or downloaded from the Internet. Skype recommends horizontal images.

During a video call, you can change the background by tapping the Video> More> Choose background effect button. You will see the same options as before: Blur or Add.

With Movistar Home you can also make video calls over the Internet and thus speak and see friends, family and acquaintances. Among other functions, it allows deactivating the microphone and camera and integrates with other Movistar services such as the Aura or Movistar + assistant.

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