Show Profile Picture Instead of Video in Zoom

With the pandemic making a massive shift in our lives, everything from classes to meetings has become online. Office meetings and classes shifted to zoom, so we are sure you know about the platform. Suppose you’re in the middle of your course or session on zoom and want to shut off your video so people don’t see you. People usually see your name and initials when your video is turned off. Your video isn’t any better than having a picture displayed. How to add a picture to zoom? Let’s take a look.

How to Display Profile Picture Instead of Zoom Video PC?

If you don’t want people to see your video in a zoom meeting, it’s better to display your profile picture instead of your name and initials. Here’s how you can show your profile picture on zoom instead of video.

Adding Profile Picture Before a Zoom Meetingopen zoom app

If you want to add your profile picture instead of a video before starting a zoom meeting, follow the simple steps.

  1. Open the Zoom website on your browser and select “My Account.” You’ll see this option at the top-right end.
  2. Now select the “Change” option next to your profile name.
  3. When you click on this option, you’ll head to another tab where you’ll have to add your profile picture. Select and add picture
  4. Click on the option “Upload” and select the picture you want. You can adjust it as you wish. Once done, click the button “Save.”
  5. After the profile picture is saved, open the desktop app of zoom. Here you’ll see your profile picture instead of the black person icon.

Once you’ve done this, your set profile picture will show whenever you participate in a zoom meeting and turn your video off. Moreover, you can stop the video by right-clicking on it and selecting the “Stop Video” option.

Show Profile Picture Instead of Zoom Video During Meetingprofile picture will replace the video preview

If you want to change your zoom video to your profile picture during the meeting, you can do that s well. It’s straightforward. Follow these steps.

  1. During the meeting, right-click on your video/preview screen.
  2. Select the option “Add or Edit Profile Picture” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Your zoom video will stop, and your profile picture will replace the video preview on zoom.

How to Change Zoom Video to Profile Picture on Zoom Mobile App?

If you’re using the Zoom app on your mobile device, changing your zoom video to a profile picture is the same. Just go along these steps.

  1. Open the Zoom app on your phone and open “Settings.” It is located at the right, bottom end of the page.
  2. From settings, go to “account.”From settings, go to account
  3. Now tap on “profile picture.”
  4. Here, you’ll see the option “Take a photo” and “Choose Photo.” Select the photo you want. If you’re going to take a picture, you can click the “Take a Photo” option.
  5. Make the adjustments to your picture and tap “done.”
  6. Finally, tap on the option “Save.” And you’re done!

Every time you turn off your video in a zoom meeting, your video will be replaced by this profile picture.

How to Keep Profile Picture Showing Always Instead of Zoom Video?

always turn off video in zoom meeting

If you permanently want to always keep your profile picture on instead of your zoom video.

  1. On your iPhone or Android, launch the Zoom app.
  2. Open “Settings.” From settings, open “Meeting settings.”
  3. Here, search for the “Always Turn Off My Video” option. Check the slide in front of this option.

After doing this, your profile picture will display every time you are in a zoom meeting, freeing you from the hassle of turning off your video each time. This method is a very convenient option for most users! Try it out yourself.

The Verdict

If you have an option, turn it off for comfort. We hope the article above helped you in knowing you to show your profile picture via zoom in your meetings. We’ve covered this process for PC and mobile, so you can learn to do it. Don’t show your video in a zoom meeting! Use the methods above to show only your profile picture!

A blog with solutions to different problems can be found here.


1. Can I change my zoom video to a profile picture?

Yes, you can quickly shift your video to a profile picture in a zoom meeting, whether at the start or middle. Add your profile picture and turn off your video.

2. Why can’t I see my profile picture in the Zoom meeting?

If you don’t see your profile picture in your zoom meeting, see if your image is saved on your zoom account. Login to your zoom account and refresh the app. We hope this solves the issue.

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