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How to Use Zoom Immersive Mode to Make Your Meeting Interesting

Have you ever felt disconnected from your coworkers during a Zoom meeting? If so, you’re not alone. This disconnect has led Zoom to develop Immersive View, which simulates an in-person meeting by placing meeting attendees onto the same virtual background. It can mimic the feeling of everyone being in one place while still offering the convenience of a virtual meeting. Today, we’re sharing our guide on how to use Zoom Immersive Mode to make your meeting interesting and how you can customize this mode to your liking.

What is Zoom Immersive View?

Zoom immersive view is a feature that creates the feeling of an in-person meeting via Zoom. During the immersive view, participants with a supported version of Zoom will see attendees in a shared virtual background and frame. The immersive view can support up to 25 participants at one time. 

During the immersive view, participants are randomly arranged within the scene. However, the host can choose to position the participants within the scene and change the background. Zoom provides a variety of scene options, or the host can choose to upload their own custom background.

Using Zoom's immersive view does not require all participants to use the virtual background feature. However, Zoom does share that the immersive view works better when all participants meet the requirements for using a virtual background.

During a webinar, the host can choose only to place the host and panelists in the virtual backgrounds. Webinar attendees will see the panelists in a similar set-up to what is shown below:

People attending meeting using Zoom immersive modeImage source

Basic Requirements for using Zoom Immersive View

Before using Zoom immersive view, you’ll need to meet the following requirements on your device. Please note that mobile devices can participate in immersive view, but a user on a desktop must start the immersive view.


● macOS version 5.6.3 or higher

● Windows version 5.6.3 or higher

Mobile version

● Android version 5.6.3 or higher

● iOS version 5.6.3 or higher

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How to enable Zoom Immersive View

Two person using Zoom immersive mode.Image source

How to enable Zoom Immersive View for all users in one account

1. Sign in to your Zoom dashboard as the administrator who has permission to edit account settings.

2. Click ‘Settings’ on the left-hand side of the screen under the navigation panel.

Zoom Settings under Meetings3. Scroll down to the In Meeting (Advanced) section and locate the immersive view section. Check that the setting is enabled. Toggle it to blue to enable it if it’s not. A verification dialogue may appear. Simply choose ‘Turn On’ if prompted.  

Toggle Immersive ViewTo guarantee all users in your account have the immersive view, click the lock icon next to the immersive view setting.

How to enable Zoom Immersive View for a group

1. Sign in to your Zoom dashboard as the administrator who has permission to edit user groups.

2. Click ‘User Management’ in the navigation bar on the left-hand side. Then, click ‘Group Management’ to bring up the group settings.

Zoom Group Management under User Management3. Click on the name of the group, then ‘Meeting’ to access the group’s meeting settings.

4. Find the immersive view setting under In Meeting (Advanced) under Meetings. Toggle the setting so that it’s blue.

If you cannot switch the status toggle for the immersive view from gray to blue, you may not have the correct administrative requirements to enable this setting. Contact your admin so that they can enable this permission on your account.

To enable an immersive view for all group members, click the lock icon so that the lock appears closed to confirm the setting.

How to enable Zoom Immersive View for your account

1. Sign in to your Zoom dashboard.

2. Click ‘Settings’ in the dashboard's navigation panel on the left-hand side.

Zoom Settings under Meetings3. Scroll down to the In Meeting (Advanced) section. Locate the immersive view section and check that the setting is enabled. Toggle it to blue to enable it if it’s grayed out. A verification dialogue may appear. Click ‘Turn On’ if prompted.  

Toggle Immersive ViewIf the setting is grayed out and won’t turn blue when you click on it, you’re locked out at the account level. Reach out to your account admin for assistance and access to this feature.

How to start a call using Zoom Immersive View

1. Start your Zoom meeting or webinar on a desktop computer as the host.

2. Click ‘View’ in the top-right corner, then click ‘Immersive.’

Enable immersive view during meeting3. Select between automatically and manually for placing meeting attendees into the scene. Automatically will add as many attendees as possible into the setting you select. You can still choose to rearrange participants in the background if you pick automatically. The manual choice allows you to add and remove participants one at a time and organize them as you wish.

Automatically place participants in Zoom immersive view4. Choose the background you want to use. Some scenes have a limit of fewer than 25 people, as noted in the top right corner of the image.

5. Click ‘Start’ once you’ve selected your preferred background.

Click Start

How to customize Zoom Immersive View backgrounds.

How to change the Immersive view backgrounds

1. Begin your Zoom meeting from a desktop as a host.

2. Click ‘View’ in the top-right corner, then click ‘Immersive.’

Click View - Immersive 3. Change your immersive view background by selecting from the Zoom scene options demonstrated in the highlighted area below.

Choose virtual background for Zoom immersive view4. Click ‘Start’ when you’ve selected a background you like.

Click StartHow to upload and use your own backgrounds.

1. Start your Zoom meeting from a desktop as a host.

2. Click ‘View’ in the top-right corner, then click ‘Immersive.’

Click View - Immersive3. Click on the plus sign below the Immersive view photo. From there, you can select an image on your computer.

Click the add icon 4. Double-check that the preview shows your image accurately. Take a moment to organize any participants in the scene, then click ‘Start’ to begin immersive view with your custom background.

Click Start

5 Interesting Immersive View backgrounds

Here are a few free immersive view backgrounds for Zoom to add interest to your environment while keeping the look professional:

1- A perfect background for an academic setting. Seat your coworkers at these desks to set the stage.

Zoom Immersive Background - ClassroomImage source

2 - Create the feeling of an auditorium with the following immersive background. A great choice for larger meetings.  

Zoom Immersive Background - Meeting RoomImage source

3 - If you are looking to maximize your meeting attendees, these theater seats are a great choice. Try organizing your key speakers in the front of this background.

Zoom Immersive Background - TheatreImage source

 4 - A great choice for smaller meetings or webinars with a few key members. The pop of green adds life to the background without overpowering the frame.

Zoom Immersive Background - CouchImage source

 5 - If you only have two or three people you want to fit in your immersive background, this is a great choice. We like the clean, simplistic lines that keep this background easy on the eyes.

Zoom Immersive Background - Mini BarImage source


1. How to end a call in Zoom Immersive View?

To end a call in Zoom immersive view, follow these steps:

1.  Click ‘View’ in the top-right corner of the Zoom meeting screen.

2. Select another video layout option, such as a gallery or speaker.

3. Click ‘Stop’ when Zoom prompts you to confirm the ending of the immersive view. 

You can also select ‘Don’t Ask Me Again’ on that confirmation window to avoid having a confirmation window in future meetings.

2. Is the Zoom Immersive View free?

Yes, the Zoom immersive view is free. Zoom immersive view is available to all free and single pro Zoom accounts on both Windows and Mac desktop clients. Mobile app Zoom users can participate in the immersive view but cannot start the immersive view. The host for immersive view must be on the desktop to activate it for everyone.

3. What are the best websites for Zoom virtual backgrounds?

The best websites for Zoom virtual backgrounds like Zoom interview backgrounds are free stock photo websites like Unsplash, Canva, Burst, Pexels, and Pixabay. Look for free options with commercial use to prevent any issues or copyright strikes.

4. Can I start an Immersive View call on the Zoom mobile app?

No, you cannot start an immersive view call on the Zoom mobile app. The host must start the immersive view call on a desktop. However, mobile phone attendees can still participate in the immersive view mode once it’s started at the Zoom meeting.

5. How many people can you have in the Zoom immersive view?

You can have up to 25 people in the Zoom immersive view. However, your selected scene dictates how many people can appear within it. When choosing a Zoom background, reference the number in the top right corner of the scene to see how many people can be shown on this background. Choose an alternative background or upload your own custom scene if you wish to maximize the number of people presented in an immersive view on the Zoom call.


Immersive mode is an excellent way to foster collaboration amongst remote workers and colleagues. It’s easy to use and can be set up once so the host can repeatedly use this mode for each meeting. Don’t forget to set up your Zoom settings prior to your first meeting so that it’s a cinch using immersive mode for the first time!

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