Using Avatars in meetings and webinars

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Avatars enable you to replace your appearance with a 3D virtual avatar that mirrors your head movements and facial expressions. Avatars are an easy and entertaining way to engage with your meeting attendees and add a bit of fun. Avatars also provide a good middle ground for users who don’t want to turn on their camera, but still want to leverage the power of body language and facial expressions.

When you turn on this 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.

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Prerequisites for Avatars

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.10.0 or higher
    • macOS: 5.10.0 or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • iOS: 5.10.0 or higher
  • System requirements for Windows: 
    • Windows 7, 8, and 10 or higher (64-bit)
    • Supported processors*
      • Intel: 4th generation or higher i3, i5, i7, i9 processor
      • AMD:
        • Ryzen 3, 5, 7, 9 processor
        • 6 cores or higher, base frequency 3.0Ghz or higher
        • 8 cores
    • A graphics card supporting Direct3D 11
  • System requirements for macOS:
      • MacOS 10.13 or later
      • Supported processors*
        • Apple M1 or higher
        • Intel:
          • 4th generation or higher i3, i5, i7, i9 processor
          • Xeon with 4 cores or higher
          • other processors with 6 cores or higher
        • AMD:
          • Ryzen 3, 5, 7, 9 processor
          • 8 cores or higher
  • System requirements for iOS: 
    • iPhone 8 or higher (iOS 11.0 or higher)
    • iPad 2017 or higher (iOS 11.0 or higher)

Note: When comparing your processor with the requirements, the generation of your processor can be determined by the first digit (or two) of the processor number, while the remaining 3 digits are the model number. For example, an Intel i7-6700 is the 700 model of the 6th generation of i7 processors. 

Limitations for Avatars

How to enable Avatars

Account

To enable or disable Avatars for all users in the account:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an admin with the privilege to edit account settings.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Account Management then Account Settings.
  3. Click the Meeting tab.
  4. Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Avatars toggle to enable or disable it.
  5. If a verification dialog displays, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
  6. (Optional) To prevent all users in your account from changing this setting, click the lock icon , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

Group

To enable or disable Avatars for a group of users:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an admin with the privilege to edit groups.
  2. In the navigation menu, click User Management then Group Management.
  3. Click the applicable group name from the list.
  4. Click the Meeting tab.
  5. Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Avatars toggle to enable or disable it.
  6. If a verification dialog displays, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
    Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at the account level and needs to be changed at that level.
  7. (Optional) To prevent all users in the group from changing this setting, click the lock icon  , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

User

To enable or disable Avatars for your own use:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation panel, click Settings.
  3. Click the Meeting tab.
  4. Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Avatars toggle to enable or disable it.
  5. If a verification dialog displays, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
    Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level. You need to contact your Zoom admin.

How to apply Avatars in a meeting

To change your video appearance to an Avatar:

  1. Start or join a meeting (or webinar).
  2. Next to the Start Video  / Stop Video button, click the  button and then select either Choose Virtual Background… or Choose Video Filter….
  3. Click the Avatars tab.
  4. Click on the avatar you want to apply.
    Note: Each animal option includes a version wearing a hoodie and a version wearing a T-shirt.

Your selected avatar will mimic your head movements and facial expressions. Avatars can be used in conjunction with virtual backgrounds and immersive view, allowing you and others to create an even more fun and captivating scene for your participants and attendees.

Note: Avatars do not use facial recognition and will not store any images of your face.

To change your video appearance to an Avatar:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. While in a Zoom meeting or webinar, tap More in the controls.
  3. Tap Background and Effects.
  4. Tap the Avatars tab.
  5. Tap on the avatar you want to apply.
    Note: Each animal option includes a version wearing a hoodie and a version wearing a T-shirt.

Your selected avatar will mimic your head movements and facial expressions. Avatars can be used in conjunction with virtual backgrounds and immersive view, allowing you and others to create an even more fun and captivating scene for your participants and attendees.

Note: Avatars do not use facial recognition and will not store any images of your face.

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