Is it Rude to Turn Off Video in Zoom?

Zoom is a platform that allows teams to communicate with each other directly and manage their workflows, brainstorm, and more through phone calls, video calls, and chat.

But, is it rude to turn off video in zoom? Read on below and find out!

Is it Rude to Turn Off Video in Zoom?

Turning off your video on a zoom call doesn’t necessarily mean you are “disconnected” from the team or aren’t listening. 

Sometimes when people turn off their video on zoom it’s because their computer’s camera isn’t working properly, or they are lagging. 

Other times people turn off their cameras on zoom to help others stay focused on the conversation rather than the video feed.

How Rude Is it?


On a scale of 1 to 10, turning off video in zoom rates a 3 on the rude meter. The fact is, most of the time people turn their cameras off, there is nothing rude about it. They are doing it for various reasons such as not walking to distract others while they are eating, picking their nose, or otherwise.

Why is it Not Rude?

It isn’t rude to turn your video off while zooming if you have a reason to do so. Further, unless you are obligated to have your camera on, you can zoom without ever turning the video feed on.

Sometimes, having no video feeds streaming live to distract people’s focus while having a team meeting ends up being much more productive. 

In the same manner, taking turns having the speaker be on video, and everyone else having their cameras off also helps keep everyone focused.

Common Questions

What is the Zoom app?

Zoom is a communications platform/app based out of the United States. The platform’s primary function is to help teams manage their workflow and team communications.

The platform is loaded with highly beneficial tools for most companies and professional teams (of any size).

What are the benefits of Zoom?

Zoom offers a tremendous amount of benefits to professional working teams such as voice calls, team chat rooms, webinars, shared contact information centers, whiteboards, and much more.

Even more, the Zoom teams stay on top of updating their app with all the latest tools developed for working professionals.

Is Zoom free?

You can use Zoom for free, so long as your meetings don’t exceed 40 minutes per session. There is no limit to the number of meetings you can host for free.

That said, there are paid versions of Zoom that are far more diverse than the free plan.

But, if all you need to do in your team meetings is talk (no sharing files and other technical stuff) the free version is great, indefinitely.

How do I use Zoom?

To use zoom, simply download the app and follow the setup wizard. After it’s installed sign up for an account, and sign in. You’ll need to choose between free and paid versions.

Once you are signed up, log in, have a quick look at the features, and start using it as soon as you’d like.