The biggest problem new Zoom users might face as they try to stay in touch with friends and family is the 40-minute time limit on free video calls.
You might already be aware of this by now, especially if your friends have been posting screenshots of their calls on social media, but you can liven things up by changing the Zoom background behind you.
If you don’t want people seeing how messy your bedroom is, for example, you can just enable a virtual Zoom background that makes it look like you’re in Hawaii, or perhaps the red room from Twin Peaks, which is what my hooligan friends have been doing.
While digging through Zoom’s preferences menu for ideas for this piece, I found a fun little box you can check to save yourself a few seconds every time you start a Zoom call for your friends.
I’m not 100 percent sure what the makers of Zoom had in mind when they developed the virtual background feature, but right now, it’s a crucial part of having fun with your friends during social distancing.
Weird times call for weird measures, and that means thousands and thousands of people using a business video conferencing app to show off their cats to their friends during a nationwide quarantine.
That’s turned off by default, but those of us who like to take initiative and start Zoom calls for our friends will appreciate it.
5 essential Zoom hacks to improve your virtual hangouts https://t.co/BZp7Is4CRh— Mashable (@mashable) September 8, 2020