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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 interesting, you can change your background with a preset image, or replace it with your own image.

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

If you can’t view the Background blur option, you might not meet the following requirements:

  • A supported browser version:
  • Chrome hardware acceleration enabled.
  • Browser supporting WebGL 2.0.
  • A 64-bit operation system.

Turn on hardware acceleration on Windows or Mac

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Click More ""and thenSettings.
  3. Next to Advanced, click the Down arrow "".
  4. Click System.
  5. Turn on Use hardware acceleration when available.
  6. Restart Chrome browser.

Check WebGL 2.0 support

  1. Check if your browser supports WebGL 2.0 by visiting the WebGL Report.
  2. Verify that Major Performance Caveat is marked as No.

Your browser might disable WebGL if the device is unstable or cause crashes. You can’t enforce WebGL on unstable WebGL devices.

Change your background before a video meeting

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  1. Open Google Meet.
  2. Select a meeting.
  3. On the bottom right of your meeting image, click Change background "".
  4. Choose an option:
    • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur "".
    • To completely blur your background, click Blur "".
    • To select a preuploaded background, click a background.
    • To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add and select an image.
  5. Click Join now.

Change your background during a video meeting

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  1. At the bottom of the Meet window, click More Moreand thenChange background "".
  2. Choose an option:
    • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur "".
    • To completely blur your background, click Blur "".
    • To select a preuploaded background, click a background.
    • To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add and select an image.

Note: Sensitive information might be visible when you change your background during a video meeting. Your camera turns on when you click to change the background.

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