Control whether users can change their backgrounds in Meet

As an administrator, you can control whether users in your organization can replace the backgrounds in their Google Meet video feeds.

Notes

  • The default setting allows users to replace the background image and select custom images.
  • The meeting organizer's background settings apply to all meeting participants. For example, if the setting is off for the organizer, participants can't change their backgrounds even if the setting is on for their accounts.

Choose background settings

Before you begin: To apply the setting for certain users, put their accounts in an organizational unit (to set by department) or a configuration group (to set for users across or within departments).

Note:  Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGoogle Meet.
  3. Click Meet video settings.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit or a configuration group.
  5. In Backgrounds, choose a setting:
    • ON—People can replace their backgrounds with images.
    • Let users select custom images—People can choose their own images in addition to preconfigured images.
    • OFF—People can't replace their backgrounds with images.

    The meeting organizer's background settings apply to all meeting participants. For example, if the setting is off for the organizer, participants can't change their backgrounds even if the setting is on for their accounts.

    Note: This setting doesn't impact background blur availability.

  6. Click Save. If you configured an organizational unit or group, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit, or Unset a group.
    Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

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