Start and Stop Video in Zoom

Hosts and participants in Zoom meetings can start and stop video on their computer camera. You may also add a virtual background when your video is active.

Start Video:

  1. Place your mouse in the meeting window.
  2. A bar will appear with several icons. Locate and click in the bottom left.
  3. Your video camera will be active. Adjust the camera angle to ensure that you appear on the screen.

Stop Video:

  1. To stop your video, place your mouse in the meeting window.
  2. Click . Your computer’s camera will be deactivated.


Virtual Background:

For many end users of Zoom, it may be convenient to replace the background from their home office with a virtual background. The virtual background will cover up your actual background.

  1. In your web browser, go to
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Under Meeting, click In Meeting (Advanced).
  4. Scroll down to Virtual Background and turn the option on.

  1. In the Zoom app, turn on your video.
  2. Select and then  Choose Virtual Background.
  3. On the Settings screen:
    • Click to select a background, or
    • Click to upload your own background image
  4. Close the Settings screen by clicking in the upper right-hand corner. Your old background will now be replaced with the new background. This will be the default for future meetings.