Change background and use effects in Google Meet

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

Filters or Styles are available on mobile devices for Google Workspace users in meetings organized by Google Workspace users.

Important: Sensitive information might be visible when you change your background.

Change background  

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 call 

  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 call  

  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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