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Change your background in a video meeting

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You can use this feature only if your organization supports it. For help, contact your administrator.

To help limit distractions or make video meetings more fun, you can replace your background with an image or video. 

Note: People who join the video meeting and are not signed in to a Google Account, as well as those who need to ask to get admitted, can only change their background after the meeting starts. If you have Google Workspace for Education, you can't upload custom background images.

Requirements to change your background

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Important: To use Change background and Effects on an Android device, you must use one of the following devices with Android version P:

  • A Samsung Galaxy S9 and up
  • Pixel 3 and up
  • Other similar devices

Before a video meeting

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  1. Open the Meet app Meet app and then select a meeting.
  2. Before you join, on the bottom of your self view, tap Effects .
    • To slightly blur your background, tap Slightly blur .
    • To completely blur your background, tap Blur background .
    • To upload your own background, tap Add Add.
    • To select a pre-uploaded background, tap the background you want to use.
    • To select a style, at the bottom, tap Styles > the style you want to use.
    • To select a filter, at the bottom, tap Filters > the filter you want to use.
    • To remove the effect, tap No effects or tap .
  3.  When you are done, tap Done. 
  4. Tap Join.

During a video meeting

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  1. On your self view, tap Effects .
    • To slightly blur your background, tap Slightly blur .
    • To completely blur your background, tap Blur background .
    • To upload your own background, tap Add Add.
    • To select a pre-uploaded background, tap the background you want to use.
    • To select a style, at the bottom, tap Styles > the style you want to use.
    • To select a filter, at the bottom, tap Filters > the filter you want to use.
  2. When you are done, tap Close .
Background effects may increase your battery usage. You may want to turn the effects off if your battery is low. Your video may be cropped to view other participants so some of the background or effect may not be visible to other participants.

Tip: To see how you look with a different background, check your self view.


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