The video-chatting app 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.has
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 demeanor 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.
I grabbed mine from the meme’s page on Know Your Meme.
Pretty much everyone recognizes the confessional-scene background from “The Office.”
Without even a working knowledge of “The Office,” most people (myself included) will still recognize the background where characters like Pam and Jim filmed the confessional segments of the series.
You can download this particular setting from this tweet.