Zoom has been one of the most successful tech companies during the COVID-19 pandemic period and has to continue innovating to keep up with the momentum. The world’s most preferred conferencing app has rolled out a new feature called the Immersive View.

The Immersive View feature can be used on all Windows and MacOS desktop clients of version 5.6.3 or higher.

What is Immersive View in Zoom?

Immersive View feature allows the host to set a single custom background theme for meetings or create layouts where participant videos are embedded within a scene that everyone shares, like a classroom or courtroom.

Thus on the screen, you all appear to be in the same room! Excellent, right? This helps to avoid distractions that are familiar with the varied backgrounds participants use.

How to use the Immersive View feature

Immersive View is enabled by default for all free and Pro accounts. It can be enabled via the web portal for all other account types.

  1. Check if yours has been enabled or enable it. Do the following:

Go to Settings > Meetings > InMeeting (advanced) > Immersive View.

2. After it is enabled, you can opt for Immersive View once the meeting has begun.  

Click on View > Immersive View > Selecting the scene > Start.

The Immersive View supports up to 25 participants as of now.

What you can do as host with Immersive View

  • You can arrange video participants and webinar panelists into a single virtual background.
  • You can automatically or manually place participants into a virtual scene of their choosing using Zoom provided backgrounds or your own.
  • You can move participants around that scene and even resize a participant’s image for a more natural experience.
  • You can change the scene or revert back to Speaker or Gallery View at any time.

What if one or a few participants do not have the desktop versions that support Immersive View?

Unfortunately, you will just see other meeting participants in either Gallery View or Speaker View and a simple black background. However, they will view you and other unsupported participants in the Immersive View scene with the host’s chosen background.