- You may be using the video-chatting platform Zoom for everything from work meetings to parties, and one feature that anyone using it on their computer can take advantage of is the custom background.
- Zoom lets you upload any saved image – like snapshots of memes and pop-culture references – as a custom background, and the potential for humour is endless.
- Here are some of the funniest custom background images you can download and use on Zoom.
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The video-chatting app Zoom has exploded in popularity while people are quarantined, and while its true purpose is for work-related meetings, you can also use Zoom just to hang out with your friends.
One feature that gives Zoom a competitive edge is the ability to use a custom background instead of whatever room you’re in while you chat. And that has been taken to its comedic extremes, with people using memes and pop-culture references.
Here are some of the best choices you can download and use.
First, here’s how to access the feature to set your custom background.
To set your custom background on a computer, navigate to the up arrow next to the “stop video” button in the bottom left corner of your Zoom screen.
When you click that, a menu will pop up with the option to “choose virtual background.” Clicking that takes you to a pop-up screen where you can pick from a few stock images or click the “+” button to upload an image.
A word of advice: If you’re looking for a good Zoom background, you need an image that won’t get covered up by your head.
For example, this picture of Elon Musk and Grimes at the Met Gala functions well as a custom Zoom background because your head, which will generally be in the middle of the frame, doesn’t cover up either person.
If you’re seeking the custom background of your dreams, find images that don’t have a lot going on in the middle. If you want it to be a picture of someone, don’t pick a headshot – pick two people standing next to each other, like Musk and Grimes.
Or continue on for some images that are tried and true Zoom masterpieces.
One popular meme that functions as a great background is the “This Is Fine” cartoon.
There’s almost no better meme to represent the current moment than the “This Is Fine” meme, which depicts a cartoon dog in a house that’s burning down. The dog’s calm demeanour in the face of imminent danger is extremely relatable.
A couple of Twitter users inspired this version, and there are lots of variations on the original meme too.
do u like my new zoom background? pic.twitter.com/MVsKwhOMks
— gabsmashh | Advanced Persistent Brunette (@gabsmashh) March 30, 2020
My Zoom background for class this morning. pic.twitter.com/0ogbRXqsZe
— Hans Noel (@ProfHansNoel) March 30, 2020
I grabbed mine from the meme’s page on Know Your Meme.
Pretty much everyone recognises the confessional-scene background from “The Office.”
Without even a working knowledge of “The Office,” most people (myself included) will still recognise the background where characters like Pam and Jim filmed the confessional segments of the series.
You can download this particular setting from this tweet.
Here’s your new Zoom background. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/yR5UsbAuSH
— Kitze (@thekitze) March 30, 2020
Another pop-culture option is a Hogwarts-themed background like the Great Hall.
This professor tweeted a Hogwarts Great Hall background that he taught in front of.
why yes. i taught today on zoom in full regalia. this was surprisingly comfortable. and yes, that's the great hall at hogwart's as the background (props to whomever made that suggestion). because we all needed a laugh and this worked. pic.twitter.com/JrqVIsnHuD
— Tim Mosca (he/him) (@drosophilosophy) March 24, 2020
Zoom has been used in more academic settings as schools operate remotely during quarantines. As a student, you probably shouldn’t upload a distracting custom background. But you can enjoy the Hogwarts spirit in more casual settings too.
I got my Great Hall Christmas scene here.
For an out-of-this-world Zoom background, virtually send yourself into space.
This tweet offers a picturesque Zoom background for anyone who likes to shoot for the stars.
Looking to spice up your Zoom meetings? Try these backgrounds.
The ISS cupola pic.twitter.com/pVic7fYDPW
— AeroDork (@AeroDork) March 27, 2020
Your space journey doesn’t have to end there — you can also jump into hyperspace on the Millennium Falcon.
This tweet about interviewing prospective students on Zoom offers another excellent option for a pop-culture-inspired background. This time, it’s “Star Wars.”
Me (getting ready to interview prospective students): what should I use for background?
bae: maybe their personal statements, CVs?
Me: I’m talking about my zoom background: pic.twitter.com/aRSUOAJQGM
— Damon Jones (@nomadj1s) March 30, 2020
I found a similar image here.
But if you’re more of a “Star Trek” person, that’s a great option too.
With this tweet, you get both the image you need and the inspiration for some “Star Trek” quotes to toss into your meeting or hangout.
I just downloaded the Starship Enterprise bridge background for my next Zoom Meeting and I plan to work in as many "make it so" and "engage" as I can. pic.twitter.com/jJvdzjoYMO
— Nancy Wang Yuen 王嵐芝 (@nancywyuen) March 30, 2020
And maybe the best meme to use for a Zoom background is the guy looking over his girlfriend’s shoulder — this time, at you.
It was only a matter of time before one of the most popular memes, “guy looking over his disgusted girlfriend’s shoulder at another girl,” became a Zoom background.
I got a high-quality version of what used to be just a standard stock image here.
The meme potential for Zoom custom backgrounds is endless, and they’re great conversation starters for your next meeting with friends or coworkers.
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