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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Avatars


Available for Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinar, Avatars replace your appearance with a virtual animal that mirrors your head movements and facial expressions. Avatars are an easy and entertaining way to engage with attendees and create a bit of fun. They also provide a good middle ground for users who don’t want to appear on camera, but still want to express body language and facial expressions. When you turn on the Avatars feature during a meeting, Zoom’s technology uses your device’s camera to detect where a face is on the screen and apply the selected avatar effect. Images of your face don’t leave your device when using this feature, and they are not stored or sent to Zoom.

This feature does not use facial recognition, which means that it does not identify who you are. So while the Avatars feature can tell what is or is not a face, it does not recognize or distinguish between individual faces. Currently, we are only offering animal avatars at this time, but keep an eye out for updates to this feature and new avatars in the future!

How to get started with Avatars?

The Avatars feature is available on Windows and macOS desktop devices, as well as iOS mobile devices. To enable Avatars, you’ll need to make sure your Zoom desktop client or mobile app is running on version 5.10.0 or higher. You’ll also need the feature to be enabled by an account owner or admin.

Here’s how to enable and choose your avatar:

1. Ensure that your web camera is on and your video is enabled.

2. In the meeting toolbar, open your video options by selecting the ‘Stop Video’ menu.

3. Select the Choose Virtual Background or Choose Video Filter option.

4. Navigate to the Avatars tab and choose your avatar!

To change your avatar, visit the Avatars tab and select a new one. To remove the filter, select ‘None’ in the Avatars tab. Users can also click ‘Turn off avatar’ from their self-view video tile in a meeting, as well as the ‘Stop Video’ menu in a meeting.


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