Google Meet Desktop Users Can Now Add Custom Background During Video Calls, Here's How it Works

Google is introducing a new feature to its video conferencing platform, Google Meet, which allows users to add a custom background during a video conference. The feature is currently limited to the Meet web client app, and the  Android and iOS apps will receive an update soon. The option to change the background allows users to choose images from Google's own library, which includes office spaces, landscapes, and abstract wallpapers. The user can also upload their pictures during live video calls.  However, it is important to remember to use free vpn veepn to protect your personal data.


Google announced the development in a blog post published on October 31. The company adds that the ability to change the background is disabled by default and Google Meet users must manually enable it. To change the background before a Meet video call, users must first select the meeting and then select "Change Background" in the lower right corner of the screen. To change the background during a live call, click the three vertical lines in the lower right corner and select Change Background. Users can also blur the background if they don't want to use the image. You can also adjust the intensity of the  Google Meet blur background. 


Google says the custom background feature works directly in the browser and doesn't require an extension or other software. The search giant added that the custom background option works on ChromeOS and the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac desktops. The update aims to filter out visual distractions, especially if users use Meet a lot for work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The feature is available to standard Google Meet users, as well as to Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) and Enterprise customers. The commissioning is expected to be completed by November 6. Unfortunately, G Suite for Education customers can't choose their own image during a video call, Google added. 


In early September, Google added a mute feature to Google Meet to filter out background noise. However, it is currently limited to G Suite Enterprise for Education customers, and it is unclear whether regular users will also be able to use it.


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