How To Change Profile Picture in Zoom on Laptop

Chris Campbell15 Mar 2022

Videoconferencing applications like Zoom have surged in popularity as a result of online classrooms and remote job setups. Zoom enables you to conduct one-on-one or group meetings with the use of a laptop and an internet connection.

Zoom is intended for video conversations where everybody on the line can show their face through a live camera feed. But we're all aware that there are moments when you'd rather not have your camera on. This is why Zoom allows you to select a profile photo that will appear anytime your camera is switched off. It's a good way to maintain a professional appearance without always being on camera.

When you initially join up for Zoom, your profile will be essentially empty, with only a default avatar or profile image. In most circumstances, this is sufficient, and you could begin hosting and participating in online meetings right away. However, if you want your colleagues or classmates to be able to quickly recognize you, you should take the effort to update your Zoom profile image to something which reflects you. Best of all, changing your Zoom profile image on your laptop only takes a few minutes.

How To Set a Profile Picture on Zoom in Laptop

Updating your profile image using Zoom's desktop app on your laptop is pretty straightforward.


The Zoom Windows application is feature-rich, with several adjustable settings, including setting your Zoom in dark mode. To update your profile image on the Zoom Windows app:

  • Launch the Zoom app on Windows.
  • Go to Settings by clicking on your profile image at the top.
  • Scroll down to Profile.
  • Pick Edit My Profile. It will take you to Zoom's web account interface. If Zoom  prompts you to authenticate again, simply sign in using the same account.
  • Choose Profile from the Zoom Personal menu.
  • Tap on your current profile image.
  • Select Change and then pick a profile image from your laptop. You can upload up a photo of up to 2MB in size.  After a successful photo upload, you'll see a new Zoom profile picture for your account. 
  • Hit Save, and you're all good.


Mac users could also update their Zoom profile picture:

  • Launch Zoom on your Mac.
  • Choose My Profile by clicking on the profile image. This will take you directly to the Zoom website.
  • Pick a profile photo from the Zoom Profile page and upload one from your Mac.
  • Hit Save, and you're ready to start making Zoom calls with your new profile image.

On the Zoom Website

You have the most control on your user profile on the Zoom website:

  • Go to your Profile page on the Zoom website.
  • Go to your Profile page on the Zoom website.
  • Update your current profile image by clicking on it.
  • Choose a new image from your laptop, crop it, and hit Save.

How To Add a Profile Picture During a Zoom Meeting 

If you are in between a Zoom Meeting and you want to show your profile picture instead of the live video, you can easily add a profile photo: Right-click on your preview screen and choose the option ‘Add or Edit Profile Picture’.  Upload your image and hit save. This would stop the video for a moment and your profile picture would replace your live video preview.

How To Remove Profile Picture From Zoom on Laptop

We've all had an embarrassing profile photo moment when any account profile is involved, and it's likely that this has happened on Zoom as well. It's also possible that Zoom set an unwelcome profile image to your organization's database or your personal Google account. But fret not, y ou can easily remove your Zoom profile photo if you don't want to have one.

To delete your Zoom profile image from your laptop, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to and sign in to your Zoom account using your preferred browser.
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page until you reach the last fold.
  • Tap on Account which should appear in the Support section.
  • On the left side of the Account tab, navigate to Personal and tap Profile.
  • Now that you're in your profile area, you'll see an option to update or delete your profile photo. Hit the "delete from here" button.
  • When prompted for confirmation, select Yes.
  • The photo area of your profile is now empty.

How To Disable Profile Photos in Zoom From Laptop

There are instances on Zoom when no one's profile pictures are displayed on the meeting. This occurs whenever the meeting's moderator disables the selection. If you are the moderator, you could enable this option from the Zoom website. Simply follow these steps:

  • Go to the Zoom website.
  • Navigate to Settings on the left and go to the Meeting Tab.
  • Scroll all the way down to Hide Participants Profile Pictures in Meeting. Set this to On.

Why Is My Zoom Profile Photo Not Showing?

During a Zoom conference, not everybody feels comfortable exposing their faces on-screen. For instances where you don't have to  turn on your video, you can opt to  display your profile image to let others know you're present. But what if your profile image isn't showing during Zoom meetings? How do you go about resolving this?

Make sure you're using the Zoom desktop application.

Whenever you click on a Zoom invitation link, you will often be given two options. Either to open in the Zoom app or in the browser. Even though you may have clicked on the Zoom app, it does not always launch so you may have joined the Zoom conference using a browser in which you are not logged in. The solution is to be cautious and check if you are using the Zoom desktop application or a browser. Instead of just tapping on the invitation link, you may launch the Zoom app on your laptop first and then attend a meeting using the meeting code.

Sign in and stay signed in.

Your profile photo not showing might also be because you are not logged in to Zoom when you attend a meeting. If you are not logged in, Zoom classifies you as a guest user. Because a guest account lacks a profile image, and your actual profile is linked to your Zoom account, your photo doesn't show. To resolve the issue, log in to your Zoom account before attending a meeting. Also make sure to keep your account signed in on both the Zoom website and desktop app. Zoom will recognize you and show your profile image.

Setting a profile photo in Zoom not only adds a personal touch, but make you look professional as well. Follow these tips and the next time you join a Zoom meeting, wow your co-participants with your newly uploaded picture.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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