Want a way to make your Zoom meetings more entertaining? Zoom’s software updates are adding new features all the time, and recent updates come in the form of filters and effects that you can use to make Zoom meetings fun and lighten the mood in the “room” with some humor.

Some of these filters and effects are pretty crazy, so use your best judgment to decide whether or not these belong in your professional meetings. But with family members, friends, and kids, these can make for some good laughs!

How do I access Zoom filters?

I’ll walk you through the steps of how to access and use filters. These are tips you can follow while using the desktop version of the Zoom app.

First of all, you’ll want to make sure you update your Zoom app to the latest version to ensure that filters are included in your app.

Many Zoom users don’t realize that filters are even a thing because there is not an obvious way to get to them from the main meeting screen. As I write this, there isn’t a distinct “filters” button on the meeting toolbar, but perhaps that will change in the future.

In the meantime, open a new meeting. (Do one with just yourself so you can test these first before unleashing them on anyone else!) Hit the small arrow on the Start/Stop Video button on your toolbar, and select “Choose Video Filter.”

This takes you to the Settings menu, and you’ll see that filters are included in the “Background & Filters” menu selection. (Feel free to play with virtual backgrounds, too!)

Zoom filter types

Under “Video Filters,” you’ll find lots of icons to scroll through and try out. There are filters that change the look and feel of the video itself, such as black and white, sepia, and others. (For you Instagram users, these are very similar to photo filters.)

There are also filters for frames. I personally like the old tube TV filter because (at the risk of aging myself) it takes me back to my childhood.

Zoom filter, tube tv frame

Then, you have what I would call responsive or wearable filters, which are similar to the ones you’d find on Snapchat. You can wear sunglasses, hats, animal faces, and more with these options.