Are you one of the many employees using Cisco’s Webex platform for your daily video conference calls? Like other similar platforms, you can use a custom Webex virtual background and we’ve got oodles of them. Here’s our massive collective of free Webex backgrounds.
While all of your friends are using cool video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Skype you and your coworkers are over here using Webex. Yup, good ole fashioned, boring Webex.
Well actually, while Webex is one of the longtime participants in the virtual meeting experience (formerly known as the “conference calls”), they’ve greatly enhanced their platform in recent years and still offer a strong solution for many businesses. A sizable percentage of quarantined employees are using Webex every single day.
Note: this post has been updated to reflect new features Cisco recently published in late July 2020 where they expanded virtual background support to more Webex platforms including the primary platform: Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App WBS40.8.
Changing your virtual background is so hot right now
Virtual Backgrounds are incredibly popular right now as employees who didn’t normally work from home were suddenly forced into a home office environment. Many didn’t have a dedicated office or the right gear and accessories to really work from home. To help hide the fact they were in a messy kitchen or in a grungy basement, employees latched on to a popular Zoom feature that allows you to change your background from the baby’s nursery you are actually sitting in to something cool or funny like an image of a bar, or a modern office, or a stack of toilet paper.
This feature took off and several video conferencing platforms now offer this feature. We’ve provided large repositories of free virtual meeting background for different platforms including:
Now it’s time for Webex. Indeed, Cisco does allow you to change your virtual background on the Webex platform. We explain how to change a Webex background, discuss any limitations or considerations, and most importantly, provide a massive collection of free Webex backgrounds!
Cisco Webex Video Conferencing – it’s not too bad
Zoom ain’t the only game in town! While Zoom, Microsoft Teams an even Google Meet have been making big splashes in recent months Cisco’s Webex product has quietly been doing its thing for a long time. Now owned by Cisco, Webex was, for many years, the de facto leader in conference calling technology. They were a little late to the video conferencing game, having been surpassed by startup Zoom who’s CEO was a former Webex employee.
Services like Zoom have always placed video at the forefront of their platform and built features around it. Older players like Webex and GoToMeeting have their legacies rooted in conference bridges and screen sharing. Webex has rallied nicely, as of late, and their video conferencing platforms feature relatively robust feature sets.
While Zoom may be getting all the press during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can be assured that Webex is quietly serving many more customers every day than Zoom does.
Can you change your Webex Background?
Yes, Webex users can change their Webex Backgrounds. Previously, custom Webex backgrounds were limited to meetings held on Apple’s iOS platforms. Specifically, this meant iOS releases WBS39 and WBS40. Notably this was supported on Apple iPhone 7’s or later as well as the iPad Pro.
To be honest that was pretty disappointing. We even reached out to Cisco (via a trouble ticket) and they confirmed what we already knew: “Please check below guide for virtual background and Unfortunately virtual background is only made to available to IOS only. For desktop feature request has been considered.“
It’s worth noting, thought, there is a separate article on Cisco’s knowledge base that talks about changing the virtual background on the DeskPro. This article notes that users can change the background on the Cisco Webex DeskPro product as well. If you don’t know, the DeskPro is a physical appliance that Cisco sells that incorporates several key features including video calls, whiteboarding, etc.
Think of it more like a kiosk type appliance or something that a doctor or educator might use. It is not something that a typical employee working from home and using their laptop to attend virtual meetings would have. You can read more about this appliance here, but the bottom line is if you have it, you can change the virtual background.
But wait…they updated it! Cisco Webex Virtual Backgrounds are now supported
With the release of the Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App WBS40.8, virtual backgrounds are now supported. The recommended size for Cisco Webex Backgrounds is 1280×720. And we’ve updated our repository to include several new, free, and properly sized Webex backgrounds.
How do I change my Webex Background?
Changing your Cisco Webex Background is straightforward. While in the Apple iOS Webex App perform the following steps:
- Tap the Video icon
- Tap Virtual Background
- From the menu, you can either select Blur, select a standard background, or upload a custom Webex background
- Hit the + sign to upload your custom background from your phone
- Hit Apply
Webex will remember your selection for future meetings.
Important note: This capability must be enabled by your Cisco Webex site administrator. Specifically, they must enable: Display user avatars in the meeting client (Meetings) in Common Site Settings.
Webex Background Resolution Settings
Because custom Webex Backgrounds are currently only supported on Apple iOS products the suggested resolution for a Webex background is based on the devices themselves. We confirmed this by opening a ticket with Cisco who noted: “There is no specific guide for background resolution. We would recommend to have background based on device screen size and resolution.“
Furthermore, they provided a link to Apple wallpaper resolutions as a suggestion. Here are the Webex background resolutions by supported devices:
- Webex Background resolution iPhone 7: 750 x 1334 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPhone 8: 750 x 1334 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPhone 8 Plus: 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPhone X: 1125 x 2436 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation): 2048 x 2732 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPad Pro 10.5-inch: 2224 x 1668 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPad Pro (12.9-inch): 2048 x 2732 pixels
- Webex Background resolution iPad Pro (9.7-inch): 1536 x 2048 pixels
If you have a relatively solid and flat wall behind your desk you might be able to get away without having a green screen (see our guide on green screens here). However, to get the most out of your virtual background experience you really need to invest in a green screen. Fortunately, they can be purchased for relatively affordable price. Here’s a few options:
- Good Value: Ravelli 6×10′ Chromakey Green Screen Background (Check Amazon Price)
- Most Creative: Removable Green Screen Solid Wallpaper (Check Amazon Price)
- Most Affordable: Redshop 160x200cm Non-Woven Fabric Backdrop (Check Amazon Price)
By the way, if you are looking for some funniness…consider checking out Every Single Zoom Call I am on Goes Like This.
Free Webex Backgounds
Here is our collection of Free Webex Backgrounds. We’ve created this collection based on the following categories and then separated them by pixel size by the most commonly used pixel sizes:
- Funny Webex Backgrounds
- Office Webex Backgrounds
- Nature Webex Backgrounds
- Cityscape Webex Backgrounds
We believe that these pixel categories can be used on most Apple Devices. Please note that you can download the entire collection of Webex Backgrounds at the end of this article – including some that are not included in the galleries below.
1280 x 720 pixels Webex Backgrounds
750 x 1334 pixels Webex Backgrounds
2048 x 2732 pixels Webex Backgrounds
Download all of our Free Webex Backgrounds here
See our other Virtual Backgrounds as well including:
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