Video conferencing with Zoom offers a variety of features, including the option of turning on or off your video as well as hiding or showing yourself in the meeting display.
In a meeting with more than one participant, your video will automatically appear for everyone, including yourself. You can control if other participants can see you by turning your video on and off. In order to see other participants, your own video screen disappears when you hide yourself. The video display of yourself will appear on your screen if you show yourself to others.
It is possible to adjust the layout of all video tiles on your screen no matter whether your video is on, off, hidden, or displayed.
How to turn your video on / off
The Zoom meeting application gives you the option of displaying or stopping your live video feed. Those who choose to display their video will be able to view you, if you choose to display your video. You will no longer be visible to participants through the camera on your device if you stop your video.
Turn your video on
- On the meeting screen, click the “Start Video” button to begin the video.
- A red slash will appear through the camera icon, which means everyone can see your video now.
Turn your video off
- On the bottom-left corner of the meeting screen, there is a button labeled “Stop Video” that can be clicked on to end the meeting.
- As you will be prompted with a camera icon with a red slash through it, it means you will no longer be able to see the video of other users.
How to hide Self View on your screen
It’s possible to keep your video on while hiding it from the display of your own computer, so that no one can see you.
You can hide your own video display by doing the following:
- Zoom meetings can be started or joined. When the meeting begins, your own video is shown in Speaker View.
- You can hide the self-view after hovering over your video and clicking the ellipses icon in the video.
It is no longer possible to see your own video, though the video can still be seen by others in the meeting.
How to restore Self View on your screen
The video of yourself can be restored by following these steps:
- You can view the video by clicking the View button in the top-right corner.
- You will be able to view the video by yourself.
You will be able to see the video of you on your screen.
How to troubleshoot video problems
We’ve created a guide for troubleshooting Zoom video crashes and improving video quality to help you diagnose and solve common video and camera problems. If your video does not display correctly or you are unable to see the video, please take a look at our guide. You can use Zoom’s built-in meeting features to enhance and customize the appearance of your video call, including enabling HD video, adjusting for low light, or modifying the appearance of your video call with filters and virtual backgrounds.
Many times with video and camera problems, it is caused by a device setting, a competing application, or a problem with the quality of the image. If you are having trouble joining a Zoom meeting, you can test your video settings by working through your troubleshooting process.