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Editing camera and microphone settings

Good to know!

  • Before or after the meeting, you can edit several audio and video preferences from the desktop app. Open the desktop app and go to the "Home" page. Click the cogwheel icon in the top right corner to open the "Settings" window. There, you will find extended "Video" and "Audio" settings options.

Mute/Unmute & Start Video/Stop Video

Participants join the meeting with their cameras and microphones switched off by default, unless this option has been edited by the meeting's host.

During a session, it is possible to edit camera and microphone settings from the meeting interface. If you are using the desktop app, the microphone and video options will be on the bottom left corner of the screen. If you see a red slash over the microphone or the camera icon, it means that your microphone or camera are switched off. To turn your microphone or camera on, click the corresponding icon once.  

Audio settings

Click the arrow next to the microphone icon to find the microphone and audio settings. From the in-meeting menu, you can select another microphone or audio device (e.g. switch from the computer's internal speaker and mic to a headset). Zoom is usually able to automatically switch the audio and microphone to a newly connected headset. If you cannot see the desired device in these options, e.g. your headset doesn't show on Zoom, make sure that it is properly connected to your computer, and try exiting and rejoining the meeting.

Select "Audio Settings..." to open the Zoom App audio settings. This option will open another window where you can test your microphone and choose the level of background noise suppression (i.e. how strongly the microphone filters out sounds other than your voice), among others.

Video settings

Press the arrow next to the camera to find your video settings. You can choose another camera connected to your device or select a virtual background for your in-meeting video. Click "Video settings..." to see the Zoom app Video settings window. There, you can select the maximum number of cameras per screen in Gallery view and edit your own video lighting, among other options.

Using a virtual background (desktop, phone & iPad)

Zoom allows you to add a virtual background to your camera, which is useful for removing possible distractions from the video. To add a virtual background to your camera or to blur your own background, click the arrow next to the camera icon and select "Choose a virtual background".

You will see a preview of your camera.  Select "Blur" or another one of the backgrounds available and close the tab. There is no "Save" button in this window. The background will be applied instantly or the next time you open your camera.

If you are on your phone, select the "... More" button. NB! These screenshots are from an Android device. The interface might look different on other devices.

Select "Virtual Background".

Choose the background and press "Close".

From an iPad, press the "... More" option on the upper menu and select "Background and Filters".

Choose the background and press "x".