The whole world is now using applications like Zoom for video conferences and business meetings. Well, staying online to attend such calls can be boring especially when you are sitting in your pyjamas and eating peanut butter right out of the jar.
So we have compiled some of the best hacks and features on Zoom that can help you make your video conferences smooth!
This list will also be useful for those people who are struggling to use Zoom so keep an account of all the features mentioned below and make the online experience refreshing.
Change the Background
You can have a lot of fun with Zoom backgrounds while chatting with your friends. The Zoom wallpaper on the screen can be changed to any colour, meme or cartoon so utilise the feature when you are taking screenshots to post on Instagram and Snapchat.
Right now, everyone has become lazy so if you do not want your friends to see your messy bedroom, just change it to any virtual appearance, ranging from the sky to a beach.
How to do it?
1. Click on the little arrow next to the "Stop Video" button in the lower-left
2. Then click "Choose Virtual Background"
3. Once you're in there, click the little plus sign to add an image or, no joke, a video.
Know your Hotkeys
Zoom has a lot of built-in keys that can take away the use of mouses or trackpads. So you just have to click on those and can pretty much operate the application without any indicator. Features between Mac and Windows differ but the key idea is the same.
If you are a Mac user and want to shut off the camera, just use Command+Shift+V. V is for video so it is easy to remember! Same rules apply for other shortcuts so if you want to shut off the mic, you can use M and press S for the screen.
No Zoom Time Limits
Like every video chat, Zoom also has a time limit. So after every 40 minutes, your call ends and this can be a problem for people who are staying at home and want to gossip for 3 hours straight with their friends.
Zoom does have a feature for limitless calls but unfortunately, you have to pay for the subscription. The easiest hack is to end the call and restart it by adding the same people in it. If you are in China or the United States, the restriction for 40 minutes has been lifted so you are kind of lucky but other folks have to use the traditional hack.
Look Nice on Zoom
This is probably the most pretentious feature but we have to inform you about it. Many business meetings happen on short deadlines so you do not have time to make your sleepy face “presentable”. For this, Zoom has a solution.
You can go to the videos section in the settings menu and click on the ‘Touch Up My Appearance’ feature. Zoom says that this makes your appearance a little smoother to people on the other end of the call.
So take advantage of these hacks and get down to business meetings or school lectures!