Finally! A Solution for Android Devices to Work with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds
The virtual background feature in Zoom meetings has blown up recently and while it seems everyone is using them, Android mobile users have been unable to access the feature, because, well it doesn't exist yet and there's no talk of when virtual backgrounds in Zoom will be come available to Android devices. But rest assured, I've got an easy hack allowing you to use virtual backgrounds during zoom meetings right from your Android device, so stick with me until the end to see it all come together!
Enabling A Virtual Camera
Now to do this we're going to use another application to act as our virtual camera enabling us to integrate it into our Zoom meetings. The app you need to download is TikTok, that's right download TikTok, and you don't even need to sign up for TikTok, we'll only be using the interface of the app. Once installed, launch TikTok and click on the plus icon on it's homepage. This opens up the TikTok creator studio where you'd record or upload your videos.
How To Use TikTok As A Virtual Camera
Now, we're not ever going to click that record button, instead we're going to click into the Effects panel and navigate to the picture icon to enable virtual background with an image. There's also an option for virtual background video.
We can select an image from our Gallery to use as our virtual background with this plus icon on screen. I'll pick this Jurassic Park background. There you go we've enabled the virtual background effect in TikTok only using the main interface. Now should the background you uploaded not fit within the screen appropriately, like this one is being cut off, then you'll need to format your image or video into a vertical layout.
How To Format An Image for Vertical
A quick way to do this is to jump over to Kapwing, which is a content creation tool to make videos, memes and graphics. Once inside Kapwing, click on New Project then click on Use a specific tool. Now, Kapwing has a variety of useful tools available, but we're going to use the Re-size tool and click on that.
Now if there's an image or video online you'd like to use you can paste the URL here, or you can upload your image or video here. Once our media is uploaded, we'll want to select the 9:16 size right here and that'll trim the frame to fit this format.
Then we'll click on the Crop button here which will make the image fill the frame.
Next we can use these arrows to move the image over and into the frame like this. Once you've got it where you want it, click on the Create button and Kapwing will go to work processing your new graphic. Once done download your file and transfer it into your Gallery.
Then back inside TikTok, let's upload our new background and now the image is properly formatted for the vertical orientation of the screen.
Okay now we've got our virtual background loaded inside TikTok, let's now jump into the Zoom Cloud Meetings app and launch a new meeting. Once inside the meeting we'll click on the Share Screen button in our meeting controls.
Then select the option for Screen.
This will tell us Zoom will start capturing everything that's displayed on your screen which is exactly what we want to do., click on Start Now. Okay the screen is being shared as the source of our video on the Zoom call.
Next, navigate and open your TikTok app and reselect your background if needed. And there you go. Now you're using Zoom's share screen option to share TikTok's interface, which allows you to not only use the virtual background options in TikTok, but any other background, filter, or sticker inside TikTok. Your audio will still be transmitted in addition to the shared screen. So it's a win-win. Now you do have some of TikTok's interface in your screen, but I think the ability to use and experiment with virtual backgrounds on an Andorid is worth it.
Now that you can finally have fun with virtual backgrounds on your Android, you'll want to check out this video to discover the best virtual backgrounds for zoom available online.