Change your background 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.  

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

Change your background 

Important: Users who join the video call while not logged in to a Google account and users who need to knock to get admitted can only change their background once in the video call. Users who join a G Suite for Education video call can’t select their own background images. 

Before a video call 

  1. Go to Google Meet and then select a meeting.
  2. At the bottom right of your self view, click ‘Change background’ .
    1. To completely blur your background, click 'Blur your background' .
    2. To slightly blur your background, click ‘Slightly blur your background’ .
    3. To select a pre-uploaded background, click on a background.
    4. To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add.
  3. Click Join now. 

During a video call 

  1. In the bottom right, click More More.
  2. Click 'Change background' .
    1. To completely blur your background, click 'Blur your background' .
    2. To slightly blur your background, click ‘Slightly blur your background’.
    3. To select a pre-uploaded background, click on a background.
    4. To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add.

Tip: Your camera is automatically turned on when you click 'Change background'.

Changing your background may slow down your device. You may want to turn this feature off to allow other apps to run faster on your computer.

Why don’t I have the 'Change background' option?

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

  • A supported browser version:
  • Chrome Hardware acceleration must be enabled.
  • Browser must support WebGL 2.0. 

Enable hardware acceleration 

Turn on hardware acceleration on Windows or Mac: 

  1. At the top right of a Chrome window, click Menu More and then Click Settings
  2. On the left, next to Advanced, click Down Down arrow.
  3. Click System Wrench.
  4. Turn on Use hardware acceleration when available.
  5. Restart Chrome.

Check WebGL 2.0 support

Check if your browser supports WebGL 2.0 at webglreport.com and 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. Learn more about WebGL support

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