6 Ways to Fix a Lag Zoom on Windows 10

Is your Zoom not quite as Zoom-y as you’d like? Here are some ways to kick it up a notch.

When Zoom is laggy, you should firstly check your internet connection and test the app on another computer if you can.

Test any other virtual conference apps to see if they behave similarly. If other apps run perfectly except Zoom, the internet isn’t causing the hiccup and the problem lies within the app itself.

If the issue persists only on your computer, you need to investigate further. Apply the following fixes to resolve the issue.

1. Turn Off Any Video Backgrounds or Filters

you may want to turn off virtual backgrounds and remove video filters. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Open Settings by tapping the gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. On the left-sidebar, select Background and Filters.
  4. For both Virtual Backgrounds and Video Filters, choose None.

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2. Close Other Apps Running in the Background

Regardless of whether you are actively using it or not, every app that you run on your system drains its memory. Turn off all other apps, especially bandwidth-hogging ones, that you run in parallel with Zoom.

3. Manage Your Display Resolution

To keep it running without lagging, you need to manage the resolution well. You can do this by turning off HD in the video settings. Here is how to do it:

  1. Tap the gear icon in the top right corner of the Zoom desktop client to open Settings.
  2. Go to the Video setting in the left sidebar.
  3. Make sure the HD box is unchecked under the camera.

4. Use Audio/Video Only When Needed

This is a handy fix that works like a charm during long meetings. You can muffle yourself by clicking on the microphone icon in the lower right corner. Similarly, you can stop your video by clicking the Stop Video icon.

ALT + and ALT are two convenient shortcuts to mute your Zoom voice and video. You can also toggle these functions using these shortcuts.

5. Check Your Browser

You may use this fix if you encounter Zoom lag when using its web version. If you tend to open too many tabs without using them or run multiple browsers simultaneously, you might want to consider letting your active browser breathe.

Your browser can use maximum resources to provide smooth performance when using the Zoom web client by shutting down memory-hogging processes.

Using Chrome, here’s how you can manage resources effectively:

  1. Tap on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.
  2. Select More Tools > Task Manager.
  3. Select the resources-consuming processes you’re not using.
  4. Click on the End process button.

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6. Update or Reinstall the App

To check for updates, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client.
  2. In the top-right corner, click on your profile icon.
  3. In the dropdown menu, click Check for Updates.

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