With 2021 less than a month away, 'tis the season to swap out any fall vibes on Zoom for some of the most stunning backdrops wintertime has to offer. While the coldest season of the year can sometimes get a bad rap winter, which officially starts on Dec. 21, still has its charm. From the magic of the holidays to the jaw-dropping beauty of the northern lights, these winter Zoom backgrounds will make the most underrated season a serious contender to accompany your next video call.
Whether you're taking happy hour online or hosting a virtual meeting with coworkers, there's no better way to get through the winter slump by swapping out your humdrum background for an action-packed snowboarding shot or a photo of London all lit up during the holidays. Contrary to popular belief, wintertime can be the best time of the year, and there's no better way to celebrate all the things you love about the season than by virtually transporting you and your fellow Zoom callers to a wintery scene of your choosing.
With the help of Zoom's background feature and royalty-free image services like Pixabay, Pexels, or Unsplash, it's so easy to do. All you have to do is save the image of your choosing to your device. From there, you can open Zoom and then click Settings, and then Backgrounds & Filters. Tap the plus sign by the virtual background tab to upload your image, and voila, your computer screen will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Here are some 'Gram-worthy picks to get you started.
1. Northern Lights
Your winter plans might not include heading up north to see the northern lights, but you can experience the beauty of the aurora borealis with this wanderlust-inducing photo.
2. Winter Cabin
Heading out into the wilderness and unplugging IRL might not be feasible if this year, but you can bring the OOO vibes to your next call with this Zoom background of a secluded winter cabin.
3. The Dolomite Mountains
This uniquely-edited photograph of Italy's Dolomites is a conversation starter (and will have you browsing flights to Belluno).
4. Winter Fireplace
Wintertime is the best time of the year to cozy up in front of a roaring fireplace, and this Zoom scene from a lodge will help you capture the spirit of that.
5. Snow In The City
Virtually enjoy a snow day with this cityscape that'll have you feel like you're walking through snowflakes at night.
Is Banff on your bucket list? Swap in this stunning photo of Moraine Lake to help feed your wanderlust until you can get there.
7. Colorado Cabin
Pretend you're waking up in a scenic Colorado cabin with this rustic Zoom background featuring a sleeping bag and a pretty incredible view.
8. Iceland Iceberg Reflection
Take in the jaw-dropping beauty of Iceland with none of the cold, thanks to this reflection of icebergs in a lake.
9. Snowboarding The Alps
Since you might not be able to hit the slopes this year, you can start dreaming of your next skiing or snowboarding getaway with this Zoom photo from the Alps.
10. London At Christmas
London is particularly magical during the holidays thanks to its signature lighting up and down Regent Street. Capture that magic (and a shot of an iconic red double decker bus) with this wanderlust-inducing photo.
11. Yellowstone National Park
While Yellowstone is a popular summer destination, its Mirror Lake is especially beautiful when there is snow on the ground.
12. High-Detail Snowflake
Keep it simple but seasonal with a zoomed-in photo highlighting a snowflake's intricate design.
13. Frozen Waterfall
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't keep chasing waterfalls, thanks to this stunning shot from Iceland.
14. Hot Air Balloons in Turkey
While lots of people are familiar with photographs of hot air balloons above Cappadocia, the image is all the more unique when the landscape is covered in snow.
These are just a few of the many wintery scenes that can brighten up your Zoom calls, so take a look at these 'Gram-worthy picks, or use them as inspiration to jump off on some browsing of your own.