Zoom Virtual Background Not Working On iPad? Solution & Fix


Last Updated on June 12, 2021 by David Shaw

Virtual Background tutorial on Zoom iPad

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to turn on Virtual Background feature on your iPad devices for your Zoom meetings, look no further because we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will explain and teach you in detail how to fix it or turn on virtual background on your iPad device.

But first, why is zoom virtual background not working on your iPad device?

In order to turn on the Virtual Background setting on iPad devices, only iPad models of the 5th generation and above can support this feature on the Zoom iOS application. If your iPad model is 5th generation and above, turn it on in the Settings > Meetings > and select Keep Virtual Background For ‘All Meetings’.

If you still face issues turning on the Virtual Background setting on Zoom, make sure your Zoom application is updated to version 5.3.0 or higher.

Check The System Requirement

At the Zoom support page on ‘Getting started with Virtual Background’, there is a prerequisite for system requirements for Virtual Background.

Under the iOS tab on the system requirement page, it clearly states the software and system requirements of your iPad to support the Virtual Background feature. If your iPad model is older than the 5th generation model, it will not support this feature.

iOS virtual background system requirement

To check which iPad generation model you have, check out this website. Alternatively, you can use the Apple website to check your iPad model using its serial number.

Alternative Methods

If you urgently need to use the Virtual Background feature for an important Zoom meeting or class, use the Zoom application on your mobile application instead. As a quick fix, your mobile phone probably supports this feature. Here’s the Zoom support website to check if your mobile phone supports this feature.

Or, if you have a desktop with a webcam or laptop nearby, use these devices instead as they easily support the Virtual Background feature. For the complete computer specifications to support this feature, refer to this Zoom support website.

Recommended iPad Models

The best entry iPad models perfect for daily use currently on the market are the 2020 iPad (8th Generation) and 2020 iPad Air (4th Generation) model lineups. For light use purposes, the standard iPad is the ideal choice. Alternatively, if you prefer an iPad with faster performance and better build quality, opt for the latest iPad Air or iPad Pro models.


(8th Generation) 2020 Apple iPad (10.2-inch)
– Retina display
– A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
– Support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard
– 8MP back camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera
– Stereo speakers



(4th Generation) 2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch)
– 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color
– A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
– Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
– 12MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
– Support for Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
– Wide stereo audio


(2nd Generation) 2020 Apple iPad Pro (11-inch)
– 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion True Tone specification
– 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
– 7MP TrueDepth front camera
– Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
– Up to 10 hours of battery life
– Support for Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil


Magic Keyboard – For iPad Pro & iPad Air
– Best typing experience ever on iPad, built-in trackpad that opens up new ways to work with iPadOS, a USB-C port for charging, backlit keys, and front and back protection.
– iPad attaches magnetically and allows you to smoothly adjust to the perfect viewing angle for you
– Compatibility: iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPad Air (4th generation)


Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
– Compatible with iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generations), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations)
– Apple Pencil features the precision, responsiveness, and natural fluidity of a traditional writing instrument and the versatility to become so much more.
– Magnetically attaches and pairs to your device


Stylus Pen for iPad with Palm Rejection
– Compatible with (2018-2020) Apple iPad Pro (11/12.9 Inch),iPad Air 3rd/4th Gen, iPad 6/7/8th Gen, iPad Mini 5th Gen.
– Magnetically attaches and pairs to your device
– Cheaper than Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)


How To Turn On Virtual Background Mode For iPad

After making sure if your Zoom application is up to date or if your device supports the feature, you can easily head to the application to turn the feature on.

iPad models from the 5th generation and above only supports the Virtual Background feature on Zoom

For iPad or mobile devices supporting the virtual Background feature, go to the front page of the app and follow the below instructions:

1. Click on the ‘Settings’ option on the bottom left corner of the Zoom application.

Setting tutorial step 1

2. Click on the ‘Meetings’ tab.

Setting tutorial step 2

3. Scroll down and select ‘Keep Virtual Background For’.

Setting tutorial step 3

4. Select either ‘All meetings’ or ‘Current meeting only’.

Setting tutorial step 4

5. To turn on Virtual Background effect In a Zoom meeting, tap the ‘3 dots icon’ at the top right corner.

Setting tutorial step 5

6. Select ‘Virtual Background’ to turn on the setting, and you’re done!

Setting tutorial step 6

The above tutorial and illustrations should help provide you with the solution and details of your problem. Here’s a video tutorial if you can find it more helpful:

Tutorial by Techlavas

Related Questions

I can’t find the ‘Keep Virtual Background’ setting on iPad Zoom App – Check if your Zoom application is up-to-date or if it needs an update, or if your iPad is 4th generation or older, it will not support Virtual Background feature.

Virtual Background not working in Zoom Meeting? – During a Zoom meeting, tap the ‘3 dots’ icon on the top right corner of your screen, and select ‘Virtual Background’ from the drop-down menu.

How to check if my iPad supports Virtual Background feature? – If your iPad is 4th generation and below (2012 and before), your iPad does not support this feature on the Zoom mobile application.

David Shaw

I enjoy blogging about the college experience, teaching people how to navigate and hack their way through college. I also enjoy promoting financial literacy among young individuals.

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