Google Meet has prominently risen to be one of the most popular video conferencing app in today’s time of the pandemic. It offers a wide variety of solutions for most types of users and is available to almost everyone who has a Google account. A recent update to the service has introduced the much-requested ability to add virtual backgrounds to Google Meet. If you have been waiting for the ability to add virtual backgrounds to your video feed in Google Meet then let’s take a quick look at the procedure.
How to change your background before a call
Open your choice of browser and visit Google Meet. You can also use this link.
Now initiate or join a meeting as you normally would. Click on the ‘Background’ icon in your video preview once you are on the waiting screen.
Click and choose the photo that you wish to set as your virtual background. If you wish to select a custom image, then click ‘+’ and add one from your local storage.
The image should get automatically applied to your video feed. Depending on the color of your background and your network speed, this could take a couple of seconds.
How to change your background during a call
Click on the ‘3-dot’ icon in the bottom right corner of your screen during a meeting.
Now select ‘Change background’.
You will now see a list of stock and previously added backgrounds in the right sidebar. Click and select the one you wish to use in the current meeting. You can also use a custom image by clicking on the ‘+’ icon and then selecting one from your local storage.
Once you click on the image it should get automatically applied to your video feed. If you have too much background clutter or a slow network, Meet could take a few seconds to implement this change.
Alternatives you can use
Although the ability to add virtual backgrounds is a great addition to Meet, it doesn’t seem to work well for many users and is nowhere near Zoom’s feature. You might want a better quality solution that does not force you to invest in a green screen and Snap Camera might just be the right solution for you. This tool from the makers of Snapchat comes with a pretty comprehensive facial recognition algorithm that offers much better quality when compared to Google Meet’s quality in this introductory phase. You can refer to this guide in case you wish to try out Snap camera.
Can you change the background on mobile?
Unfortunately, Gooogle Meet users on mobile still have to wait a bit for this feature. Currently, you can only blur the background if you are using Google Meet for mobile. The feature has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and considering that the desktop feature has just been introduced, the mobile version could be on the near horizon. For now, you can refer to this guide in case you wish to blur your background instead.
We hope this guide helped you easily change the background in Google Meet. If you have any more questions or face any issues, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.