These Virtual Backgrounds Will Make You The Star Of Your Zoom Meetings
By Shayna Spero
April 2, 2020
With social distancing and Zoom video chatting becoming part of many of our normal routines, these pop culture favorites are taking it to the next level with fun virtual backgrounds you can download to turn your space into the home of your dreams or pretend you're on the set of a beloved television show.
Once you download your favorite, in a Zoom meeting click the ^ arrow next to "Start/Stop Video". When you click that, a menu will pop up with the option to "choose virtual background", then click the "+" button to upload the image.
Scroll through to check out all of the Zoom backgrounds you can download right now!
1. Travel to your dream destination thanks to Airbnb:
Picture yourself in a lakeside house in Ireland or lounging in a glass pod on the mountaintops of Peru. Choose your destination and download the backgrounds here to change up your scenery.
2. Host a meeting from inside the Millennium Falcon:
The official Star Wars website provided virtual backgrounds from all across the Star Wars universe so you can now dial-in to your meetings from a galaxy far, far away.
3. Channel the poppy superbloom while catching up with your friends:
Photo: West Elm
Backgrounds include an NYC apartment with a stunning waterfront view, a cozy living room (complete with a dog) or if you're more of an outdoorsy type, you can chat with colleagues or family from the deck of a family cabin in the woods. Download them here.
5. Transport yourself to your favorite Disney Princess and Pixar locations:
Walt Disney Studios provided us with background images from beloved Disney films like Andy's room from Toy Story, Carl and Ellie's living room from Up, Princess Ariel and Prince Eric's seaside castle and Moana's island of Motunui.
In addition to Disney movie locations, you can also download backgrounds of your favorite Disney theme park locations, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pixar Pier.
6. Take your virtual business calls from Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live clubhouse:
Or you can sail through the Mediterranean on a luxury yacht from Below Deck during your next . See the rest here.
7. Work from the Netherworld, Newfoundland, and Arendelle:
Chat with your colleagues from the stages of some of the most popular Broadway shows. Frozen, Beetlejuice, Come From Away and Moulin Rouge were among the shows that provided images to change up your scenery.
8. These virtual backgrounds put you on the set of your favorite show:
Ru Paul's Drag Race
The Good Place
The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy
9. Work from home in a 2020 version of Monica and Chandler's apartment:
Interior design website Modsy rendered modern versions of famous pop culture homes, including the iconic Friends apartments, Jerry Seinfeld's living room and an art-deco nod to Blanche's bedroom from Golden Girls. Download here.
10. Spice up a virtual hangout with Taco Bell themed backdrops
Photo: Taco Bell
The iconic bells, cartoon tacos and a pool with a hot sauce float are just a few of the ten backdrops designed by the fast food chain. Find them here.
1. What if the hat shop from Howl's Moving Castle was your temporary office:
Photo: Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli, the animation studio behind Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, released sixteen different Zoom backgrounds featuring scenes from their movies. Check out the stills, courtesy of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki here.
12. Dial-in from Gotham City:
Photo: DC Comics
DC Comics, home to superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, provides at least one new set of virtual backgrounds per week of favorite places within the DC Universe.
13. Take a virtual coffee break with Dunkin Donuts:
Photo: Dunkin Donuts
The coffee chain provided ten fun coffee and donut backgrounds to use during your Zoom calls, which you can download here.
14. Brighten up your virtual chats:
Hide a messy room with these backgrounds provided by Nickelodeon, featuring familiar locations from childhood favorites.