Let’s take a look at the New Zoom Immersive View!


I get so excited when there’s a new feature on Zoom and I have to try it out right away!  Today we’re looking at the new Immersive View that allows you to choose a virtual background for you and your participants to enjoy.  It’s just another fun feature that will help to make your online experience more engaging.  You’ll be learning with me as we go…I filmed the video the first time I opened the new feature because I just couldn’t wait to try it out and share it with you! Plus you get a second bonus video (and podcast) in today’s blog, showing you the pros and cons, with additional quick tips about how this new Zoom option fits into your online facilitation.



Let’s get started:


1. Be sure to update your Zoom first:


You are going to have to update your Zoom to the latest version in order to enjoy the new features including Immersive View.  CLICK HERE to view a quick video on how to check to make sure you have the latest version and to update Zoom.


2. Now you can see the new Zoom features:


You will find the New Zoom Immersive Scene option in the dropdown menu at the right top corner of your screen.  Look for the View button and when you hover over it, you will see a dropdown menu that has Immersive Scene at the bottom of the list.  Make sure you’re not sharing your screen when looking for this option.


3. Next, let’s choose a Zoom Immersive Scene:


Depending on how many people are on your call will depend on which scene you choose.  There are several with options for different numbers of participants.  Also you will decide if you want to manually place people or have Zoom do it automatically for you.  I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty cool!


4. Place your participants:


In the new Zoom Immersive View, you can move people around to where you want to seat them but they can’t move themselves around.  There are scenes to accommodate up to 25 people or as few as 2 people.  Have some fun while you play around and check out the options. The host is in control of this feature.



How To Use the New Zoom Immersive View Tutorial




Pros & Cons of Zoom’s New Immersive View




  • New option and can capture your audiences attention
  • Great for interviews
  • Fresh look for those with Zoom Fatigue
  • Meetings may be the best fit for this view
  • Variety of background options
  • Fun is always a plus
  • This is also a good look for a speaker’s panel
  • You can move around peoples video tiles
  • You can try something fun, such as ‘high five’ each other (takes practice)



  • Need to update first
  • Some people will only see a white background (not updated)
  • Live in Zoom or Screen recording only!
  • Up to 25 people only
  • No names – This has changed if people are not on video, you see their name.
  • People don’t always like change
  • Must fit your context & audience
  • Some people may not like it
  • Does not work if Live Stream from Zoom to YouTube (or Facebook/LinkedIn)



I hope you found these tips helpful and fun.  This is another way to create a memorable online learning experience for your participants. To learn more about Zoom Immersive, including the version your device needs to be:




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