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So Many Zoom Calls, Never Enough Backgrounds

Are you using Zoom to hold meetings and hang out with your friends and reminisce about what it was like to have human interaction? Yeah, us too. And so is everyone else, apparently! Zoom shares are up 40%! We’re all using Zoom, Zoom is great. We love our Zoom overlords! But we also know that video calls can be exhausting, and — sorry, boss — kinda boring.

And then there’s the matter of letting your friends and coworkers see what your Quarantine House looks like. Maybe you’ve tested every wall in the house to find your best domestic representation (surely, I have not…), or maybe you’re just desperate to find an area that isn’t piled high with laundry or has your kids running it through all the time. Personally, I think the kids throw a fun, chaotic little wrench into the mix. But, hey, I get it. I’m not the one imprisoned with them.

OMG #Zoom meetings are so boring, right? @RedBranch has just what you need to spice things up. Click To Tweet

We can relate! So then what can you do to make things a little more interesting? How can you spice it up and give your fellow Zoomies something nice to look at? Well, we have some good news about that: You can add your very own virtual backdrop.

Oh, how are you getting wifi on that remote island? Wow! A private Parisian café! Wait, I thought they blew up the Death Star??

The possibilities are endless!

First things first: Let’s show you how to change that backdrop.

Find your favorite backdrops and save them somewhere handy on your computer. You know, something like a folder labeled “Zoom Backdrops” maybe. When you open Zoom, click the carrot symbol in the lower left corner next to your video.

Zoom background access

Click “Choose a virtual Background” from the bar on the left, then press the plus sign to upload your images!

Zoom background options

Now, here comes the fun part: Picking your background.

Whether you’re looking to up your game at your work meetings or show off for your friends at a virtual happy hour, we’ve collected some of our favorite Zoom backgrounds — and where to find them — for all your virtual needs and fantasy destinations. It’s almost like you’re really there! 🙁

A Utopian Paradise Fit For Your Dystopian Escapism

Did you have to cancel your tropical vacation? No, you didn’t! You can still go — in cyberspace! Do you live in a state that thinks it’s funny to surprise you with a snowstorm in the middle of April? We here in Nebraska wouldn’t know anything about that (or the 5” of snow that was recently on the ground). Good thing Viceroy Hotels has the tropical backgrounds you’re looking for to bring in some island getaway vibes:

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Now with less sand in your swimsuit! Download it here.

Viceroy Los Cabos

Viceroy Los Cabos

How many margaritas before I fall in, do you think? Download it here.

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Now that’s a living room I can cry in. Download it here.

Click here for more swoon-worthy Viceroy backgrounds. 

Live Like A Rich Person

Look, good wallpaper is expensive! I can’t afford that! But, hey — your coworkers don’t need to know that, omg shh! Give yourself a home makeover in the blink of an eye with these West Elm backgrounds. It’s like hiring a designer to redo your new office, but with 0% of the effort:

The Queer Eye Fab 5’s Loft

The Queer Eye Fab 5’s Loft

Looking and feeling better than ever, hunny! Download it here.

Palm Springs Pool Party

Palm Springs pool party

Uh, actually no, I can’t take these sunglasses off because I am at the pool, not hiding dark circles from TV till 3 am every night. Download it here.

Mid-Century Living Room

Mid-Century Living Room

Why yes, I definitely did tidy up the living room, thanks for noticing that very real thing! Download it here.

Oops, forget to clean up the evidence from your snack binge last night? Don’t worry, @RedBranch has the #Zoom backgrounds you need to disguise your home. Click To Tweet

For more gorgeous home settings, visit West Elm’s page. 

I Need Attention!

Oh, you’re a wise guy? Wait, actually yeah, me too. Zoom backgrounds are a good way to sneak up on people and get a little external validation that, yes, you’re the funny one, okay? It’s fun to give your coworkers a jolt during the day — remember, they’re bored too! We are all trapped here!

The Rosebud Motel Lobby from Schitt’s Creek

The Rosebud Motel Lobby from Schitt’s Creek

I’m just here to comb Eugene Levy’s eyebrows. Download it here.

The Werk Room from RuPaul’s Drag Race

The Werk Room from RuPaul’s Drag Race

A pun about werking! Download it here.

Dine in at Fox’s Bob’s Burgers Restaurant

Bob’s Burgers Restaurant

I just want to remember what it feels like to sit on a stool and have people talk to me. Download it here.

The Office, Conference Room

The Office conference room

It’s a show about going to work! And you’re at work?! Wow, haha. Download it here.

The Page Desk at 30 Rock

The Page Desk at 30 RockSorry, I missed what you said. I was sending Kenneth to Yankee Stadium for nachos. Download it here.

One of our core values here at RBM is Brutal Transparency, but I’ll tell you what — none of my coworkers are getting to see the state of my living room, okay?! (I’m actually very tidy but I just don’t want to make anyone feel bad, you know?) Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m needed on the USS Enterprise.