Google Meet Launches Custom Desktop Background Feature – How To Use

Google Meet has started rolling out a new feature that allows desktop users to change their backgrounds during a video call. The platform has introduced a set of default images that video callers can use to change the background. Includes office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds. Google also offers the option to upload your own image as a background. The feature has been previously implemented by competitor Zoom, with Skype even introducing it earlier this year. It is being rolled out to desktop users gradually.

Google announced the new feature in a blog post. The search giant said the custom background feature will work on ChromeOS and in the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac desktop devices. Users do not need an extension or any additional software for this to work. Google Meet Mobile app users are expected to get the feature soon. Google said it can take up to seven days for eligible devices to see this feature.

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Google Meet mobile app users are expected to get the feature soon

The custom background feature is being rolled out for Google Meet Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Enterprise for Education, and non-profit customers and users with personal Google accounts. Also, the functionality of uploading your image as a background is not available to meeting participants hosted by Education clients.

The background change feature is disabled by default and must be enabled by the user. Google also said that changing the background can slow down your device.

How to change your background on Google Meet (desktop)

To change your background on Google Meet on Windows and Mac, follow these steps:

  • If you want to change the background before a video call, go to Google Meet > select a meeting> Change the background. You can join a meeting after that.
  • To change the background during a video call, click the More option (three dots) in the lower right corner and then click Change background. Google specified that your camera will turn on automatically when you select the option.
  • To select a preloaded background, you can choose one of the listed options. To upload your own image for your background, click Add.

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