Blurring your background makes your surroundings appear out of focus so people can't see the details of what's going on behind you. Alternatively, you can completely replace your surroundings with one of the preset backgrounds.

On Mac or Windows, you can use virtual backgrounds in meetings and events using the Webex Meetings desktop app. On iOS devices, you can use virtual backgrounds in meetings, events, and training sessions using the Webex Meetings mobile app.

For WBS40.6 sites and later on Mac, and for WBS40.7 or later on Windows, you can change your background before you join a meeting or during a meeting.

This feature may be enabled on a different date from when you receive the 40.7 update.

To use virtual backgrounds on a Mac, it must have macOS High Sierra (version 10.13) or later and have a processor with more than two cores. iMacs must be version 12,2 or later.

To use virtual backgrounds on Windows, it must be a 2012 or later Windows 10 computer with an Intel Sandy Bridge or AMD Bulldozer processor or later.

You can change your background before you join or at any time during the meeting.

Before You join

Click Change Background and then do one of the following:
  • To blur your surroundings while remaining in focus, click Blur.

  • To use a default virtual background, click the one you want.

During a Meeting

  1. In your self-view window, click the Menu icon, choose Change Virtual Background, and do one of the following:
    • To blur your surroundings while remaining in focus, click Blur.

    • To use a default virtual background, click the one you want.

  2. When you're ready for everyone in the meeting to see your background, click Apply. Webex remembers your selection for your next meeting.

For WBS39.8 sites and later, you can change your background after you join a meeting. If you don't want anyone to be distracted by your surroundings before you set your virtual background, join the meeting with your video turned off.

To use virtual backgrounds for WBS40.4.12 sites and later, your site administrator only needs to select Enable virtual background in Common Site Settings. For earlier sites, they must also enable Display user avatars in the meeting client (Meetings).

Virtual backgrounds and background blurring are supported only on the following iOS devices:

  • iPhone 7 or later

  • iPad Pro

1

Tap Video , and then tap Virtual Background.

2

Do one of the following:

  • To blur your surroundings while remaining in focus, tap Blur.

  • To use a default virtual background, tap the one you want.

  • To use your own image for the virtual background, tap the + icon.

Change your video background in Webex Meetings
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When you're ready for everyone in the meeting to see your background, tap Apply. Webex remembers your selection for your next meeting.

For WBS40.7 sites and later, you can change your background after you join a meeting. If you don't want anyone to be distracted by your surroundings before you set your virtual background, join the meeting with your video turned off.

Virtual backgrounds for Android is currently in Beta release.

1

Tap Video and then tap Virtual Background.

2

Do one of the following:

  • To blur your surroundings while remaining in focus, tap Blur.
  • To use a default virtual background, tap the one you want.
  • To use your own image for the virtual background, tap the + icon.

3

When you're ready for everyone in the meeting to see your background, tap APPLY. Webex remembers your selection for your next meeting.