Unkempt home offices, living rooms, and even bedrooms have become a common sight in the background of many Google Meets. The luxury of looking professional seemed just that, a luxury. In the last few months since this video-calling app became the daily driver of our lives, we could only hope for a positive change that would assuage our current situations if not make them better. Fortunately, Google has done just that with it’s latest Google Meet update, the Background Blur feature.
The Background Blur was recently introduced by Google as a feature that, once activated, will only focus on you and blur out the rest of your background. When this feature is turned-on, Meet will automatically identify you as the subject of the frame and blur out everything else.
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This is what the Blur Background feature looks like in action.
How to enable Background Blur in Google Meet
There are two ways to enable the feature. On the Join Now page, you can click on the profile icon on the bottom right of the video screen to turn on the Background Blur feature.
Or, you also have the option to activate the blur background feature once you’re in a meeting. Simply click the three-dot menu icon on the bottom right of the screen and select the option to turn on the background blur feature.
And that’s how you enable this cool feature on Google Meet!
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How to disable background blur in Google Meet
It’s fairly easy to disable background blur if you want. All you need to do is repeat the steps we showed you above, except that you will be doing it to turn off the feature.
So, if you want to disable background blur before entering a meeting. Then click on the profile icon as we showed you above. Only this time, you will be informed that you are turning off the feature.
Similarly, once you’re in the meeting, follow the same steps as shown above, but this time only to disable the feature.
Why am I not able to see the background blur option?
Google has stated that Scheduled Release domains (which is the default feature for users) will get to see this feature on 28th September 2020. The rollout is still in the process so we recommend that you give the feature till then. But if you don’t want to wait, then you can switch to the Rapid release track by changing your account settings and the feature will be visible to you within the next 24 hours or so. Additionally, the feature is unavailable on Chromebooks because the device does not meet the hardware requirements to accommodate this feature so if you’re using one then you’re out of luck.
Why is the Background Blur feature not working properly?
While there is no special software or extension necessary to get this feature, your device hardware needs to be a 4 core device or higher and must support Hyper-Threading to be able to execute the Background Blur feature. If your device is compatible and you’re still facing issues, then you may need to turn on the Chrome hardware acceleration. Follow these steps to do it:
Go the Settings menu by clicking on the three-dot menu located on the top-right of the Chrome browser.
Once you’re in the Settings menu, click on Advanced, and from the menu that opens, click on System.
Once you’re in the System menu, enable hardware acceleration.
We hope you found this tutorial helpful!