Disable Webcam Mirroring in Zoom

While mirroring your webcam is often a useful feature on Zoom – with your preview the mirror-image of how it is recorded – there are occasions when it is more natural to disable this and see your preview the way participants do. This article explains how to disable the mirroring of your webcam in Zoom. 

Default mirroring behavior in Zoom

The default behavior of Zoom (and many other video conferencing software) is to mirror your webcam in the preview displayed to you (but to show the original to participants on the call).

This is often the most convenient setting – if you raise your right hand, the hand on the right of your preview will be raised, as you would expect if you were to raise it in a mirror. Without mirroring the experience is less natural and can be confusing – if you move to the left, you will move to the right on the screen. 

When you may want to disable mirroring of your webcam

There may be occasions however where it makes sense to disable webcam mirroring, and to see the original image, the same way that other participants on the call will see you.

If you are holding up text, for example, there may be benefits in being able to read the text (as opposed to a mirror image). Similarly, if you are using a virtual webcam (for example to use Prezi or OBS) you may find the experience more natural without the mirroring effect.

Disabling mirroring of your Zoom webcam

Once in Zoom Settings, to disable the mirror effect:

  1. Select the background and filter tab
  2. Uncheck ‘mirror my video’.

Note – this setting does not affect the participants on the call, who will continue to see your video unmirrored regardless of the setting that you have selected. 

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