Zoom Blur Background Not Available? 5 Tips to Fix It

Is the Zoom blur background not available on your computer? No need to worry as we have 5 different easy and effective ways to solve the problem.
Luca TangenLast Updated: June 20, 2022
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Are you about to go into a meeting at Zoom but don’t find the blur background button? It is frustrating when you can’t find what you need the most. But no need to worry, as we have five different tips to fix if your Zoom blur background is not available. You will not only know the general method to do it but also what to do if it is not found. So, let’s get started!

Part 1. How to Blur Background in Zoom on Computer

If you want to blur the background of your Zoom meeting and don’t know how to do it, this short procedure is for you. You can enable the feature either before the meeting or during it. Here are the steps:

Enable Zoom Blur Background Before Video Call

  • Log in to your Zoom account.
  • Click on your Profile Picture in the top-left corner.
  • Go to Settings.

    Click Zoom Setttings Icon

    Click Zoom Settings Icon

  • Select Backgrounds & Filters.

    Click Background & Filters

    Click Background & Filters

  • Click Blur.

    Click Blur background option

    Click Blur background option – Zoom

Enable Zoom Blur Background During Video Call

  • Join or start a video call.
  • Click the up arrow next to Start/Stop Video button in the toolbar.

    Click the iCon Near Video

    Click the iCon Near Video – Zoom

  • Click Video Settings.

    Click Video Settings - Zoom Meeting

    Click Video Settings – Zoom Meeting

  • Go to Backgrounds & Filters, and select Blur.

    Click Blur background option

    Click Blur background option – Zoom

Part 2. What to Do If Blur Background Not Available in Zoom?

So, you know to make your background blurry. But what to do if the blur background option is not available in Zoom? Here are a few quick tips you can practice or check out to make your clean and blurred video calls.

Tip 1. Check Zoom Blur Background Requirements

The first thing to check out is whether your PC is eligible to support the blur background option or not. No matter how basic it sounds, blurring the background requires some computational power with OS pre-requisites.

You must ensure your PC has the minimum required version of Windows, macOS, or Linux. Below are the OS requirements for

Zoom blur:

  • Windows: 5.5.0 (12454.0131) or higher
  • Linux: 5.5.0 (12467.0131) or higher
  • macOS: 5.7.6 (31792.0820) or higher

If your PC is below the required version, it is the main reason that the Zoom blur background is not available on your desktop. Update your OS to the latest version to avail of the feature.

Tip 2. Update Your Zoom to Latest Version

If your OS is updated, the next thing is to check your Zoom version. The platform has integrated the blur option for images and videos in different versions. You must ensure your Zoom is either at the latest version or higher than the required one.
Here is a list of minimum required Zoom versions for blur for different formats on three platforms:

Windows

  • Image only without a green screen – V 5.2.0+
  • Image only with a green screen – V 3.5+
  • Video only without a green screen – V 4.6.4+
  • Video with a green screen – V 4.6.4+

The requirements are the same for macOS. Only for images without a green screen, you will need V 4.6.0+

As far as Linux is concerned, you will need version 5.7.6+ for images without a green screen (V 2.0+ for images with a green screen).

Tip 3. Try Reinstalling Zoom

Sometimes it may happen due to corruption while your PC unencrypts the files. These errors are less likely to occur but can cause the blur background option not available in zoom. You can easily counter it by uninstalling and reinstalling Zoom.

Here follow these steps:

  1. Click Start and go to Settings.
  2. Select Apps and scroll down to Zoom (Tip: You can also access Apps & Features by pressing Windows + X and selecting the top option)
  3. Click on Zoom, and select Uninstall. Confirm by clicking Uninstall again.
  4. Once removed, open your browser and go to Zoom’s official website. Download the latest version of the platform and install it.
  5. Login to your Profile and check whether you can find the blur background option.

Tip 4. Upgrade Processor

The Zoom blur background works on the 6th generation and higher Intel processors. So, if you have either 5th gen Intel or lower on your Windows/Mac, you will never see the feature in question on the platform.

You can upgrade your current CPU to any 6th gen Intel or any little higher. Even a 9th gen one doesn’t cost much and you can also have an excellent performance boost on your PC. But if you have a laptop, and upgradation is not possible, you have three options:

  • Buy a new laptop
  • Live with the blur’s unavailability
  • You can use the tip 5 below

Tip 5. Use Free Webcam Background Blur Tools

The Internet has free software that offers virtual cameras for meeting platforms like Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meets, etc. You can use any of them to connect your current Zoom camera with these virtual webcams. Here is a list of free software that can blur the webcam background.

Blur Webcam Background - Vibecam

Blur Webcam Background – Vibecam

Follow these steps to use these webcams:

  1. Login to your Zoom Account.
  2. Click on your Profile Picture on the top right corner, and select Settings.
  3. Go to the Video section, and select your virtual camera in the Camera drop down.
  4. Confirm the settings.

Next time, you only need to blur the background on the third-party virtual webcam, whether your Zoom support or not. The software will handle the feature.

Conclusion

If the Zoom blur background is not available on your PC, there is nothing to worry about. Either upgrade your PC, CPU, or the Zoom version. You can also reinstall the software. In the end, using other webcam blur tools will always be a great option.

This article is originally published on June 13, 2022, and updated on Last Updated: June 20, 2022

Luca Tangen

Staff writer at fineshare.com. Has been writing about the technology of Windows, Mac, and iOS since 2014.

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