Tired of watching yourself in Zoom meetings? Spare yourself with this trick

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Zoom lets you hide your video from yourself, but others will still see you.

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Sometimes in a Zoom video meeting, I look at my little video box and think, “I really need a haircut. And, wow, this shirt looks weird on me. Wait, why is my eye red? ” Meanwhile, while I was busy looking at my video screen as a mirror, I didn’t get the information from the meeting.

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Staring at ourselves in video meetings is distracting, and it’s also very bad for our mental health. Seeing yourself constantly is one of the four reasons researchers call “zoom fatigueThis phenomenon may cause people, especially women, to be more critical of their appearance.

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One option is to keep your camera off, but sometimes you want to keep your camera on — you just don’t want to stare at yourself. Fortunately, Zoom lets you turn off Self View, which means you don’t have to worry about your image, but you can still show up in meetings.

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Here’s how to hide your Zoom video from just yourself.

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1. Join or start a Zoom meeting.

2. Once others have joined the meeting, hover your mouse over your video and click the ellipsis , in the upper-right corner. The ellipsis will not appear unless other people are in the meeting with you.

3. Click hide self view,

You won’t be able to see yourself anymore, but everyone else in the meeting can still see your immaculate face. If you’d like to turn on Self View again, here’s how:

1. Click Opinion in the upper-right corner of the meeting screen.

2. Click see for yourself,

How to hide zoom self view in mobile?

1. Join or start a Zoom meeting.

2. Tap more in the lower-right corner.

3. Tap meeting setting,

4. Tap hide self view near the bottom of the screen.

Here’s how to turn self view back on:

1. Tap more in the lower-right corner.

2. Tap meeting setting,

3. Tap see for yourself near the bottom of the screen.

There’s no way to start a Zoom meeting to hide your video from yourself while still being visible to others, but as companies expand remote work options, maybe a future update will help you. Will hide your video from start.

For more information, see Four ways to deal with Zoom fatigue, How to leave Zoom meetings early, and How to automatically shorten the meetings you schedule.

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