Remote conferencing and video calls are more necessary than ever, but many of us do not want every to see inside our homes or offices. Thankfully, both Zoom, and Microsoft Teams allow you to change your background so you can be anywhere from the beach to the moon.
We at Real Russia are missing our travel, particularly, and so we decided to do the next best thing, imagine that we are travelling! So, we put together a small selection of Zoom and Microsoft Teams backgrounds and thought we would share them with you guys too.
Scroll on for the images and instructions on how to use them!
How to change a Zoom background
All our images have been set to the recommended size for Zoom, so all you need to do to ‘visit’ Russia while on a call, is follow these instructions …
Please note: this will change your default image.
- Log in to Zoom online here.
- Select ‘Room Management’ and then ‘Zoom Rooms’.
- Click ‘Account Settings’.
- Go to your profile and under ‘Background images for Zoom Rooms’ select ‘Upload New Image’.
- Select the image you want as your background and click ‘Open’.
If you would like to change your background image for just one room, floor or location, check out the instructions over on the Zoom website.
How to change a Microsoft Teams background
Changing the background on your Teams account is slightly different to Zoom, but just as easy.
- Open File Explorer on your computer.
- Copy the following address into File Explorers address bar and press enter: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds for Windows, or ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds on a Mac.
- In this folder you will see another called ‘Uploads’.
- Drop the photos you would like to use in here, and they will be accessible next time you make a Teams video call.
Trans-Siberian Zoom backgrounds
Now for the reason you are here, some Trans-Siberian backgrounds to help you feel like you can travel across the Trans-Siberian railway at any time!
Just click on whichever image you would like as your background to download it and it will be ready to use on Zoom or Teams. It is as simple as that!
Lights along Arbat Street in Moscow
Take a night-time walk through the artistic quarter of Moscow with these beautiful archways.
The walls of the Kremlin in Moscow
Take a trip to the halls of power, the imposing, and beautiful, Kremlin.
A Tartar style village in Kazan
Step back in time to Russia’s past in this recreation of a typical Tartar village.
The border between Europe and Asia outside Yekaterinburg
Pretend you are calling from two continents at once, Europe and Asia!
A steam train on the Circum-Baikal railway at Lake Baikal
Relive the golden age of steam by posing with this incredible Soviet steam train.
A Mongolian train on the border with Russia
Not looking your best? Call alongside this train on the Russian border and pretend you have just been making repairs, so looking a little scruffy is to be expected.
Beijing Railway Station
Tell people about the Trans-Siberian journey you definitely didn’t just imagine, while stood on the platform in Beijing.
The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Get away from it all atop one of the most famous walls in the world, the Great Wall of China.
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