How to Blur Background in Zoom Calls?

Not everyone can set up at their homes a dedicated space for video calls with non-intrusive and nice-looking backgrounds. For such people, Zoom developers implemented a wonderful feature called background blur. When enabled, the background blur in Zoom can detect you in the frame and blur out everything around. The background blur in Zoom reduces distraction and helps your listeners focus on you and what you say, not what is in the frame (still, disabling the camera might be a preferable option for some).

The background blur is available on every supported device. You can use it on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. This article will show you how to blur the background in Zoom on iPad and other devices.

Note. The background blur in Zoom is quite a taxing task for a CPU inside your device. Enabling this feature will cause a bigger strain on the CPU, resulting in more heat, more noise from fans, and higher power consumption (the battery will drain faster). That is normal because your CPU needs to process the video feed in real-time, detect your edges and blur the rest of the image. If you use an old PC or Mac, the video might stutter, lag, or even crash. We do not recommend using the background blur in Zoom on old computers and smartphones with outdated CPUs.

How to Blur Background in Zoom on PC or Mac?

  1. Launch Zoom on your PC or Mac. You can turn on the background blur in Zoom before a meeting or during it.
  2. If you want to turn on the background blur in Zoom before a meeting, click the settings button in the upper-right corner of the window.
    turn on the background blur in Zoom
  3. Open the Background and filters section, then click Blur in the background gallery.

    Note. Zoom will ask you to download an additional video background package. Click the Download button and wait for Zoom to complete the process.

    enable background blur in Zoom

  4. Once downloaded, Zoom will turn on the background blur. You can check the image and blur quality on the preview above the virtual backgrounds gallery.

Background Blur is Not Available in Zoom on PC or Mac

If you do not see the option to turn on the background blur in Zoom, your computer may be incompatible with the feature. According to Zoom, to use the background blur, your client should be updated to version 5.2.0 or higher. Also, the computer should use one of the supported processors:

  • Intel Core i3 5th generation with 2 cores or more.
  • Intel Core i5/i7/i9 3rd generation with 2 cores or more.
  • An AMD CPU with 8 threads (4 physical cores with SMT) at 3GHz or faster.

Supported operating systems include Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11.

If you use a Mac and you cannot enable the background blur in Zoom, make sure your Mac meets the following requirements:

  • Zoom client version 4.6.0 and higher.
  • macOS version 10.13 and higher.
  • One of the following CPU: Apple M1 or higher, Intel Core i5 6th gen or higher, or Intel Core i7 4th gen or higher.

How to Enable the Background Blur in Zoom on iPad?

Unlike PC and Mac, where you can turn on the background blur without joining a call, on iPad or iPhone, enabling the background blur requires starting or joining a video conference. Note that this part of the article also applies to Android tablets, Android smartphones, and iPhones.

  1. Open Zoom on your iPad, then join an existing video call or create a new one. You do not need to invite other people to turn on the background blur in Zoom on iPad.
  2. Tap the More button in the upper-right corner of the screen, then select Backgrounds and filters.
    zoom blur background
  3. Tap Blur. You do not need to download additional files to enable the background blur in Zoom on iPad.
    how to blur background in zoom

How to Improve the Background Blur Quality in Zoom?

Here are a few tips that will help you improve the background blur quality in your video conferences:

  1. Declutter your frame and remove as many small details as possible. That will make it easier for a CPU inside your device to distinguish you and the background.
  2. Ensure proper contrast between you and the background. Otherwise, you might notice Zoom blurring parts of your body or not blurring parts of your room. You can also try wearing clothes that contrast with your surroundings (for example, a dark shirt in front of a light wall).
  3. Set up a better light. No need to go crazy and buy expensive equipment. A regular desk lamp will provide enough light to help Zoom better “see” you and the background.
  4. Enable hardware acceleration. Open Zoom settings, then go to Video > Advanced. zoom how to blur background mac Place a checkmark next to the Use hardware acceleration for virtual background. blur background zoom ipad Again, remember that the background blur and hardware acceleration can reduce performance, cause higher temperatures and increase battery drain.

That is how you can blur the background in Zoom.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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