How to Show Profile Picture Instead of Video in Zoom

Zoom has become a ubiquitous platform for virtual meetings and video conferences, but sometimes you may prefer to display your profile picture instead of a live video feed during a meeting. This could be due to privacy concerns, a slow internet connection, or simply personal preference. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to show your profile picture instead of video in Zoom, giving you more control over how you present yourself in virtual meetings. Whether you want to enhance your privacy or streamline your online interactions, this tutorial will help you achieve your desired Zoom settings.

Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

How to Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

Method 1: Put a Profile Picture on Zoom before the meeting starts

Adding or deleting profile picture on Zoom is no rocket science and is hardly a 2-min process. Therefore, if there is an upcoming meeting and you want your profile pic ready, follow these steps:

1. Open the Zoom application and log in with your credentials.

2. On the app, click on the Settings icon below your makeshift profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Click on the settings icon in top right corner | Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

3. From the options that appear on the left side of the screen, click on ‘Profile.’

From the panel on the left, click on profile

4. You will see info regarding your Zoom profile. Here, place your cursor over the temporary profile pic and click on the Pencil icon that subsequently appears.

Click on pencil icon on temporary profile picture | Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

5. A small window with the title Edit Profile Picture will appear on your screen. Here, click on ‘Change Picture.’

click on change picture to change profile pic

6. Browse through your PC and select the Profile Picture of your choice.

7. Once selected, click on ‘Save,’ and your profile picture will be uploaded.

8. To make your profile picture visible during a zoom meeting, disable the ‘Start Video’ option on the bottom left side of the meeting window.

Disable the start video option in the Zoom meeting

9. Now, your profile picture will be displayed instead of your video during a Zoom meeting.

If you are someone who uses Zoom with their mobile phone, the process of adding a profile picture is quite similar to the Zoom mobile application. Here’s how to do it:

1. Open the Zoom app and on the bottom right corner, tap on the Settings option.

Tap on the settings icon in the bottom right corner | Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

2. Tap on the first option on the Settings page, containing your name and email address.

Tap on the first option in the settings menu

3. This will open the ‘My Profile’ options. Tap on ‘Profile Photo.’

Tap on the profile picture option

4. Based on your preference, you can either take an instant photo or select one from your gallery.

5. Once the photo is uploaded, it will be visible during a Zoom meeting when you turn your video off. 

Method 2: Add a Profile Picture during a Zoom meeting

If you forgot to add a profile picture before the meeting and suddenly need to add one in between, then there’s still hope for you. Zoom allows its users to add profile pictures in between meetings saving you a lot of hassle.

1. On the meeting window, right-click on your video or your temporary profile picture and then click on ‘Edit Profile Picture.’

right click on video and then click on Edit profile picture | Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

2. The ‘Edit Profile Picture’ window will appear on the screen again, and following the steps mentioned above, you can select a suitable profile picture for the meeting.

Method 3: Always Show Profile Picture instead of Video

If you prefer keeping your video switched off for every meeting, you can select that as your default setting on Zoom. When you choose to switch back, make sure to perform Zoom Video Test first. here’s how to use a profile picture instead of a video for every meeting on Zoom.

1. Once again, click on the Settings icon on the top right corner of the screen.

2. In the Settings panel, click on ‘Video.’

From the options, click on Video

3. In the Video settings, navigate and find the option titled ‘Turn Off my video when joining the meeting.’ Enable the option.

Enable turn off video when joining option

4. The next time you join a meeting, the camera will be turned off by default, and only your profile picture and name will be visible.

How to Remove Zoom Profile Picture

While you can constantly change your profile picture through the Zoom app on your phone and your device, removing it requires a few additional steps. Here’s how you can remove your Zoom profile pic on your PC:

1. Open the Zoom app on your PC and click on your Profile Picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Click on your profile picture in the top right corner

2. From the options that are displayed, click on ‘My Profile.’

From the options, click om My profile | Show Profile Picture in Zoom Meeting Instead of Video

3. You will be redirected to your Zoom account through your browser. You might be required to sign in again to access your Zoom profile.

4. In your Zoom profile, click on ‘Delete’ below your profile pic. A confirmation window will appear; click on ‘OK’ to complete the process.

Below the profile picture click on delete

5. Your profile picture will be successfully deleted.

How to View Profile Picture of other people

If, during a meeting, you want to stop another person’s video and see their profile picture instead, you can do so by right-clicking on their video and then select the ‘Stop Video’ option. You will no longer be able to see their video.

How to Show or Hide Non-Video Participants

Zoom gives users the option of exclusively hiding or showing participants who have turned their videos off. To do so, right-click on a participant whose video is turned off and click on the option titled, ‘Hide Non-Video Participants.’ The number of participants who have become invisible will be shown on the top of the screen. To make them visible again, click on the panel on top and select ‘Show Non-Video Participants.’

Recommended: How to See Everyone on Zoom

We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to show your profile picture instead of video in Zoom. If you still have any queries regarding this article, then feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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