Public Affairs

Zoom Backgrounds


Before you begin, right click to download the image you would like to your device.

Confirm “virtual background” is enabled in your online account.

  1. Log into your online account from your browser:
  2. Go to "My Account."
  3. Choose “Settings.”
  4. Choose “In Meeting (Advanced).”
  5. Enable “Virtual Background.”

Configure your background in your desktop Zoom application.

  1. Open your Zoom application and log in.
  2. Click the settings button: screen capture of a sprocket icon
  3. From "Settings," click “Virtual Background.”
  4. From "Virtual Background" you may see a number of pre-installed images and video clips that you can click to use as your background. To add your own images and videos to the Zoom virtual background library, click the "+" icon in the upper right corner. You may need to deselect "I have a green screen."

    Alternatively, while in a Zoom meeting, you can click the arrow at the bottom of your Zoom screen (beside “Stop Video") and select “Choose Virtual Background…” from the fly-out menu:

    screen capture of Zoom fly out menu

Note: not all operating systems and computer configurations will support a virtual background.

Reed photos sized for Zoom virtual background

  • photo of thesis fire pit
  • photo of Renn Faire geodesic dome
  • photo of balloon rainbow outside Eliot hall
  • photo of Reed College library
  • photo of Eliot hall with cherry blossom trees in bloom
  • photo of Reed College thesis tower
  • photo of the Doyle Owl seated on a couch
  • photo of old dorm block
  • photo of Reed canyon
  • exterior photo of Reed library in the fall
  • photo of stacks of books on a library desk
  • photo of blue bridge