These days, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, are you searching for social distancing ideas as an alternative to a traditional, in-person baby shower? If so, we have a safe – and fun! –solution for you. Take the celebration online with a Zoom virtual background for your baby shower! Also learn how to have an awesome long distance baby shower!
Are You New to Zoom?
The now ever present Zoom is a video conferencing app that allows you to meet up with your baby shower guests, with everyone utilizing their own devices from their own homes –all while safely social distancing!
Did you know virtual baby showers aren’t a new concept? A recent Twiniversity article calls virtual baby showers “a GREAT alternative to having your baby shower in person.” It’s true! That same Twiniversity article mentions stories of moms being placed on bedrest, unable to attend their own showers, and adds, “In fact, many couples pregnant with twins have already been doing this for years!”
Not only can you celebrate your new baby’s upcoming arrival with family and friends all across the world by hosting a virtual shower, now you can also personalize it even more by adding a Zoom virtual background to your baby shower. You can learn how to Zoom with WebBabyShower’s easy-to-follow steps and tips. Hello home green screen!
How Do I Set Up a Zoom Account?
It’s simple. First, go to https://zoom.us/ or download the Zoom app https://zoom.us/download. Creating a basic account is free. All you have to do is Click the “SIGN UP, IT”S FREE” button located at the top, right-hand corner of the page. Be sure you choose the Basic Plan if you want to keep it free.
Next, you’ll receive a series of prompts requesting basic information. You’ll be asked for your birthdate. Then type in your email address. Finally, click the “Sign Up” button. Easy peasy – now you’re ready to Zoom! You can also sign up using Google or Facebook.
What are the Limits on a Free Zoom Account?
With a Basic, free Zoom account, you can host up to 100 participants, but with 25 people’s faces. A Participant is an invitee in a meeting scheduled by someone with a Host license. Participants can join your meeting for free from their phone, desktop, mobile, and tablet devices. A participant does not require a Zoom account in order to join a meeting.
You can enjoy unlimited 1 to 1 meetings. The Basic Plan has a 40-minute time limit on meetings with three or more total participants. (Need more meeting time? Either close out the room you’re in to begin a new meeting, or extend your meeting time with a paid plan option. If you decide to upgrade to a paid plan, Twiniversity points out that you can cancel at any time.)
The free Zoom account offers an unlimited number of meetings, along with ticket support. Video conferencing features include HD video and voice, full screen and gallery view (Show up to 25 video feeds per screen), simultaneous screen share, a waiting room, and an active speaker view –Zoom detects which person is speaking and automatically shifts the video feed to the current speaker.
Web conferencing features include desktop and application sharing, instant or scheduled meetings, private and group chat, plus a personal room or meeting ID, allowing you to create your own permanent online meeting room. Twiniversity says, “Think of this as your Zoom address.” You can start this meeting at any time or schedule it for a future use.
WebBabyShower Virtual Backgrounds
Grab a matching background for your WebBabShower and get the party started!
Other virtual baby shower background options
Minted – Minted’s virtual backgrounds will work with a range of teleconferencing software. They provide step-by-step instructions for adding your virtual background to Zoom utilizing devices, such as Windows Computer, Apple Computer, and iPhone. If you are looking for a baby shower planner, you can visit and download it here!
How to Add a Virtual Background to Zoom
What exactly is a Zoom virtual background? Simply put, this super cool Zoom feature enables you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. For example, you may appear as if you’ve just landed on the moon with one virtual background. Other backgrounds zoom you to the set of popular TV shows and movies, as well as relaxing vacation destinations. Zoom’s Help Center advises that this feature works best with a green screen and uniform lighting. This allows Zoom to detect the difference between you and your background. You’ll also find a helpful YouTube video on the Help Center page!
Want to upload your own images or videos as a virtual background? You can do that, too! There are no size restrictions when adding your own virtual backgrounds. However, Zoom does recommend cropping the image to match the aspect ratio of your camera before uploading it. Virtual backgrounds can easily be applied using Desktop Client (a Zoom app downloaded and installed in the computer/laptop or phone).
Wondering how to setup Zoom for your online baby shower? Simply follow these steps and adding a virtual background to Zoom will be a breeze!
Log in to Your Account – Go to https://zoom.us/. Click MY ACCOUNT.
Navigate to the Settings on the Left-hand Menu – Under meetings, choose “In Meeting (Advanced).”
Then find the “Virtual Background” feature and enable it by clicking the slider to the right.
Log in to the App – (If logged in already before the changes, you must log out of the Zoom Desktop Client and then log in to it again for this setting to take effect.)
For Windows and Mac:
Click the Settings tab.
Click “Video.” Take a look at the video to get the best results for the virtual backgrounds.
For quality images, Zoom recommends you have a bright and evenly lit video (not too dark, not too light).
Go to “Virtual Background.”
To add a new virtual background, click the “+” icon and choose whether it’s an image or a video. Then upload directly from your computer.
Uncheck the “I have a green screen” option if you don’t actually have a physical green screen setup.
Zoom will apply the virtual background that you previously selected. However, if you’re in a meeting and you would like to change it, click the arrow up icon at the right of the video icon. Then select “choose video settings.” Click Virtual Background and select the new background that you’d like to use.
Start a new meeting or join an existing one.
Click “More” or “…” at the bottom right and select “Virtual Background.”
Select the background you would like to apply or click “+” to upload a new image. The background will be automatically applied.
Click Close to return to the meeting.
To disable Virtual Background, open the virtual background options again and choose the option None.
Note: Zoom does not support Android devices at this time.
See how a great online baby shower works
Did you find our tips for hosting your own virtual baby shower on Zoom helpful? We certainly hope so. Now get to Zoomin’! And remember, during this difficult time of uncertainty and added stress, WebBabyShower is here – as always – to support both you AND your growing family!