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When a custom virtual background is unavailable or not suiting your needs, but you still want to maintain some privacy with regards to your surroundings, the blur background option can be a great alternative. This option simply blurs the background of your video, obscuring exactly who or what is behind you. It's great for hiding a cluttered dorm room, taking a meeting in a coffee shop, or just keeping things professional. 

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  • Zoom desktop client: 

    • Windows: 5.5.0 (12454.0131) or higher

    • macOS: 5.5.0 (12467.0131) or higher

  • Zoom mobile app: 
    • Android version: 5.6.6 (2076) or higher
    • iOS version: 5.6.6 (423) or higher


The Blur option is just a variant of the virtual background options, and is directly controlled by the Virtual Background setting. Please refer to the Enabling Virtual Background section of the Virtual Background support article. Zoom - Virtual Backgrounds