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New to WFH? Here are the best backgrounds for video chat
by Alec Pinkham Alec Pinkham on

As enterprises worldwide adjust to nearly 100% work from home (WFH) we can all use a bit of humor. Compiled from across our team, AppNeta is offering a few suggestions to liven up the background of your Zoom or blur your background in Microsoft Teams until they release custom backgrounds later this year. If you don’t know about the feature or want to enable it, jump to our instructions below on how to change your background for Zoom or Teams.

Best Backgrounds for Social Distancing

Show off your doomsday prepping muscles in your own personal bunker.

Show off your doomsday prepping muscles in your own personal bunker.

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Show off the views from your cabin in the woods.

Show off the views from your cabin in the woods.

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Invite your guests to dine virtually from international waters on your private yacht!

Invite your guests to dine virtually from international waters on your private yacht!

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Take social distancing to a new level by calling in from the International Space Station.

Take social distancing to a new level by calling in from the International Space Station.

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Show your Colleagues that Everything is Fine

This is fine...

This is fine...

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Working remotely and definitely not kicked out of the house for hiding your legos from the kids.

Working remotely and definitely not kicked out of the house for hiding your legos from the kids.

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Show your Dedication

Let them know you’ve sequestered yourself in the data center.

Let them know you’ve sequestered yourself in the data center.

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Tell them to take the red pill if given a choice...

Tell them to take the red pill if given a choice...

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Ask them to send help because you’ve fallen into the Internet.

Ask them to send help because you’ve fallen into the Internet.

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How to Change your Background

Zoom

Supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Zoom allows you to choose a virtual background when you begin sharing your video by clicking the down arrow next to the video button and then clicking on Virtual Background. That link will shortcut you directly to the Settings window.

  • PC: Click your profile picture and then Settings. Select Virtual Background from the list of options and select or upload your new background. Most of us won’t have a green screen setup so make sure to uncheck that box at the bottom of your settings.
  • Mac: Click on your Zoom menu and select Preferences (alternatively Command + ,). Select Virtual Background from the list of menu options and then choose or upload your new background.

Troubleshooting

For more instructions or specifications check out this link. Note that Virtual Backgrounds do have to be enabled company-wide, for certain teams or per meeting by an administrator or meeting host.

Microsoft Teams

Teams has a few options here. You can simply blur your background using the More Actions (‘...’ Menu) from within a meeting.

Tip: Want to blur your background quickly? Ctrl+Shift+P should do it in a snap!

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