- 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 laptop or computer can take advantage of is the custom background.
- Zoom lets you upload any image you have saved as a custom background, and the potential for humor is endless with snapshots of memes and pop culture references.
- 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 its users 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 your own custom background instead of whatever room you’re in while you chat. And that feature has been taken to its comedic extremes with the use of memes and pop culture references. Here are some of the best choices you can download and use yourself.
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First, to set your custom background, here’s how to access the feature.
To set your custom background on a laptop or computer, you first need to 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 pops up with the option “Choose Virtual Background.” Clicking that takes you to a pop-up screen where you can either pick from a few stock images or click the “+” button to upload an image.
First, 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 own 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 sitting in the middle of the frame, doesn’t cover up either person.
If you’re seeking the custom background of your dreams, you should 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 in time than the “This is fine” dog meme, which depicts a cartoon dog in a house that’s burning down. With nowhere to go, the calm demeanor in the face of imminent danger is extremely relatable.
A couple different Twitter users inspired this version, and there are lots of different variations of the original meme, too.
do u like my new zoom background? pic.twitter.com/MVsKwhOMksTweet Embed:
My Zoom background for class this morning. pic.twitter.com/0ogbRXqsZe
I grabbed mine from the meme’s page on Know Your Meme.
Pretty much everyone recognizes the confessional scene backgrounds from ‘The Office.’
Without even a working knowledge of “The Office,” most people (myself included) will still recognize the scenes 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
Another pop culture option is a Hogwarts-themed background, like the Great Hall.
This professor tweeted out his Hogwarts Great Hall background, which 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
Zoom is being used in more academic settings as schools operate remotely during quarantine. 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 Christmas Great Hall 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
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
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’ quotables to toss into your meeting or hangout session.
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
And maybe the best meme to use for a Zoom background is the guy looking over his girlfriend’s shoulder – this time, at you.
As one of the most popular memes, it was only a matter of time before “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.
New Zoom background. pic.twitter.com/04ix1sx0eb
The meme potential for Zoom custom backgrounds is endless, and they function as great conversation starters during your next Zoom meeting with friends or coworkers.