Show Profile Picture Instead Of Video In Zoom Meeting: 3 Ways

Hey there, fellow Zoom enthusiasts! If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent countless hours on Zoom calls, whether for work, catching up with friends, or attending virtual events. While video is a fantastic way to connect, sometimes you might prefer to keep your camera off and display a profile picture instead. Maybe you just rolled out of bed, or perhaps you’re dealing with a bad hair day – we’ve all been there!

In this article, we’re going to dive into three nifty ways to show your profile picture instead of video during Zoom meetings. I’ve tested these methods myself, and I’m here to share my experiences and insights.

1. Zoom Profile Picture Option

Zoom has a built-in feature that allows you to set your profile picture, which can be displayed when you choose to turn off your video. Here’s how to do it:

  • First, log in to your Zoom account.
  • Click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
  • Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.
  • In the “General” tab, find the “Use my personal meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting” option and disable it if it’s enabled.
  • Next, click on the “Profile” tab on the left-hand menu.
  • You can upload or change your profile picture here.
  • Once you’ve uploaded your desired profile picture, it will be displayed when you turn off your video during a meeting.

I love this option because it’s straightforward and doesn’t require any third-party tools. Your profile picture will convey professionalism while maintaining your privacy.

Zoom Profile Picture Option


2. Virtual Webcam Software

If you want more control over your profile picture display in Zoom meetings, virtual webcam software can be a game-changer. I personally use ManyCam for this purpose, but there are other options available as well.

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Download and install virtual webcam software like ManyCam or OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).
  • Launch the software and configure it to display your desired profile picture.
  • In Zoom, click the up arrow next to the video icon and select the virtual webcam as your video source.
  • Your chosen profile picture will now be displayed in your Zoom meetings.

I prefer this method when I want to have a bit of fun with my virtual presence, such as adding animated overlays or using different profile pictures for different occasions. It adds a creative touch to your Zoom meetings.

Virtual Webcam Software

3. Background and Filters in Zoom

Zoom offers a variety of backgrounds and filters that you can use to enhance your video presence. While these options primarily focus on the video background, you can use them creatively to display your profile picture as well.

Here’s how:

  • Join or start a Zoom meeting.
  • Click on the up arrow next to the video icon and choose “Choose Virtual Background.”
  • Upload your profile picture as a background.
  • Adjust the settings to make your profile picture appear as you like.

This method allows you to blend your profile picture seamlessly with your video background. It’s a fantastic way to personalize your virtual meetings while still having the option to turn your camera off.

Background and Filters in Zoom


So, there you have it, three effective ways to show your profile picture instead of video in Zoom meetings. Whether you prefer the simplicity of Zoom’s built-in profile picture feature, the creative possibilities of virtual webcam software, or the blending of background and filters, you now have the tools to express yourself in the virtual world.

Remember, it’s all about finding the balance between staying professional and comfortable during your Zoom meetings. Feel free to experiment and make your virtual presence uniquely yours.

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Benjamin Johnson

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