How to display a profile photo instead of a video in Zoom | Wbactive

Want to show your profile photo instead of your webcam video on a Zoom call? This tutorial will show you how to set up your profile photo and display it in place of your webcam feed in a meeting.

note: You can only upload a profile photo if you have a Zoom account. If you don’t want to add a profile picture or don’t have an account, use the following methods to have Zoom display your name instead of the video feed.

How to change Zoom profile picture on desktop

Follow the steps below to change your Zoom profile picture to whatever you like (even during a meeting).

  1. Launch the Zoom app from your desktop.
  2. Click your profile photo in the upper-right corner of the app window.
  1. Click “Change my picture” in the drop-down menu to open your account settings on Zoom’s website.
  1. On the website, in the sidebar under Personal, click Profile.
Zoom Web Personal

Note: On the Profile tab, you’ll see information like name, display name, phone number, language, time zone, and more. You can also change your profile photo on this tab.

  1. Hover over the default profile photo and click the pencil button to edit it or change it to a new photo.
Change zoom web photo
  1. A pop-up window will appear. Drag and drop your preferred profile photo into the space provided, or select and upload a photo from your computer.

Note: You can only upload one photo with a maximum file size of 2MB. If the photo you want to use is a larger file, compress your photo.

  1. After choosing your preferred photo, crop it to 1:1 aspect ratio as photos with 4:3 and other aspect ratios cannot be viewed full size.
  2. Click Save to change your profile photo.
Save zoom web photo

Tip: switched to a Linux PC? See how to install Zoom on Linux.

How to display your profile photo instead of videos in Zoom on desktop

If you don’t want to show your webcam feed during a Zoom meeting, you can set your profile photo to replace the feed.

note: If you join a meeting without logging in, Zoom lets you choose your display name when you join and edit it later.

  1. In the Zoom app, click the gear icon to open Settings.
Zoom Home
  1. Go to the “Video” tab and check the box “Turn off my video when joining the meeting”. You’ll see a similar “Turn off my video” option if you’re joining a video meeting without an account.
Zoom adjustment video

If you are already in a video conference and want to view your Zoom profile photo instead of your webcam feed, simply click the Stop Video button on the bottom toolbar.

Stop Zoom meeting video

Tip: Prepare for Zoom meetings with these video conferencing tips.

How to change zoom profile photo on mobile

You can change your profile photo in the mobile version of the Zoom app, which is available for Android and iOS.

  1. Launch the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Tap More in the toolbar at the bottom, then tap the arrow next to your name at the top.
Zoom Mobile App More
  1. Under My Profile, tap Profile Picture.
Zoom Mobile App My Profile
  1. Tap Take Photo or Choose Photo and follow the onscreen instructions to set up a new profile photo.
Change Zoom Mobile App Profile Photo

How to show your profile photo instead of videos in Zoom on mobile

Note that Zoom may automatically select your phone’s name as the display name.

  1. On the Zoom mobile app, tap More on the bottom toolbar and go to the Meetings tab.
Zoom Mobile App More meetings
  1. Check “Disable my video” under “Video”. People without a Zoom account can join a meeting without turning on the video to see their name instead of their feed from the start.
Zoom Mobile App Turn off my video

If you are already in a video conferenceclick stop video in the bottom menu to show your profile picture (or name) instead of the feed.

Zoom Mobile App Stop the video

Tip: Make meetings more interesting by sharing your audio on a Zoom call.

frequently asked Questions

How can I change my display name on Zoom?

Anyone can edit their display name during a meeting. Click Participants in the toolbar, and in the Participants list, click More next to your name to select Rename. Note that this tweak only applies to the active meeting. If you wish to change the display name associated with your Zoom account, you must edit your profile in Zoom’s settings on the web or mobile app.

Can I use Zoom in my web browser and change my profile photo from there?

Yes you can. However, Zoom insists that the desktop app be installed for certain tasks. For some others, the desktop version will automatically redirect you to the web version.

Photo credit: Pixabay. All screenshots by Natalie dela Vega.

Natalie dela Vega
Natalie dela Vega

Natalie is a writer specializing in tech guides and games. When she’s not writing, she plays PC games and travels. Here at MakeTechEasier, she writes about how-to guides, tips, and solutions for Windows and iOS.

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