Webex: How to Apply Blurred and Virtual Backgrounds

This documentation will highlight the steps required to change the background of your camera in Webex Meetings and Events. This functionality does not currently exist in Webex Trainings.

Important Notes

The ability to upload custom virtual backgrounds will be coming in Update 40.8 (will be released on August 4, 2020)

System Requirements for Backgrounds

Please note that virtual backgrounds currently require a large amount of resources from your CPU and you may end up with the following message:

If you're unsure your system can handle this feature, please reference the system requirements documentation found here

Video Instructions for Applying Backgrounds

Changing Your Background Before Joining a Meeting

Before joining, select Change background and then the selected change you would like to apply (Blur in the below image)

Background Change Before Joining a Meeting

Changing Your Background After Joining a Meeting

There are several ways to change your background after joining a meeting with all ways redirecting to the same settings window. 

Method 1: Hover over your camera preview and select the 3 dots
Method 2: Select the 3 dots from the on screen buttons and then select Speaker, Microphone, and Camera.

Background Change After Joining a Meeting - 1

Method 3: Navigate towards the top left of your window / top bar on a mac and to select Audio followed by either Change Virtual Background or Speaker, Microphone, and Camera.

Background Change After Joining a Meeting - 2

All these options will ultimately lead to the following screen where you can select Change Virtual Background followed by the change you would like to apply (Blur in the below image)

Background Changes After Joining a Meeting - 3