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Video conference with Tempe’s virtual backgrounds

While we can’t have meetings in person these days due to COVID-19, we can at least share a bit of Tempe’s warm sunshine when we’re on a video chat.  

The Tempe Tourism Office has created a series of virtual backgrounds for Zoom or any other video conferencing services that allow you to add a custom background.  

These Tempe backgrounds include iconic places in Tempe like “A” Mountain, Mill Avenue and Old Main on the ASU Tempe Campus.  

Here’s how to set up virtual backgrounds: 

Step 1: 

Save the backgrounds to your computer by right-clicking on an image and select ‘save image as’. Or, download them from Dropbox.

Step 2: 

Open Zoom and go to Settings. On the left panel, click on Virtual Backgrounds. Under your video preview, click on the + button to add your own virtual background. Make sure to uncheck the ‘Mirror My Video’ box.  

*If you are already in a meeting, simply click the arrow pointing up ‘^’ next to ‘Stop/Start Video’ and select ‘Choose Virtual Background’. Click on the ‘+’ button to add your own virtual background. Make sure to uncheck the ‘Mirror My Video’ box.  

Upload your favorite Tempe Tourism virtual background and enjoy your meeting! 

Best Practices: 

1) Choose a bright, even lighting environment 

2) Use a solid color background wall 

3) Click on the “Manually pick the color of the background if the detected color is not accurate” and hover over to your background wall and click an area to detect your background color. You may also want to adjust the angle of your webcam/laptop if it’s still not accurate. 

For in-depth instructions, view Zoom’s virtual background instructions. 

And, because we’d love to see how you’re bringing Tempe to life online, take a screenshot of you using your favorite background and tag us at #togethertempe.  

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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