Google meet: How to change a virtual background

According to Google, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, keeping you clear and focused, blurring your surroundings. It is not very different about what a smartphone portrait mode can do.

This is just the picture mode on the video

The company says that Google Meet will now discreetly separate the user sitting before the background by blurring the surroundings while keeping the subject clear and in focus. This process is similar to how the smartphone works in portrait mode. In this way, users can stop worrying about the use of dirty backgrounds and green screens.

The new feature will be available directly within the browser without the need for any extensions or additional software. This will work on the Chrome browser that works on Windows and Mac. The company indicated that support for Chrome OS and Meet mobile applications would roll out soon, although a specific timeframe has not been given

Background blur in Google Meatworks directly in your browser – no extensions or additional software is required. The new feature will work in the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac, with support for the upcoming Chrome OS and Meet mobile apps

Additional Moderator Controls: Provides additional control hosts for muting, presenting, joining, and more.

Google today did not say when these features will launch.

Google is also releasing more moderation controls for teachers this year. Teachers will be better at controlling meeting requests through the “less intrusive” interface and other behaviour changes:

When someone asks to join a meeting (or “knock”), they will not be able to knock again after being evicted from the meeting, and a knock will not appear after being rejected twice by a moderator.

After the teacher is gone, the arbitrators will be able to end the meeting for all participants to ensure no students.

And we will soon prevent anonymous participants from attending any education meetings by default, although schools will be able to choose anonymous participants.

how to change baground in google meet

Here’s how you can blur the background

In the bottom right, customize more and control Google Chrome

Click on background blur

If you want to blur it before the meeting:

Go to and then select the meeting

At the bottom right of your own view, click Turn on background blur

Check your self view to see how you look when you blur your background

Blurring your background can slow down your device

How to change the background in Google Meet?

Here are the simple steps used to set up your Google Meet virtual background using ChromaCam:

You need to make sure that you have Intel 4th Generation  or AMD equivalent with the AVX2 instruction set and support for OpenCL 1.2 before running Chromacam on your PC.

Step 1: Go to the official website of ChromaCam and download it. You can download the tool at this link:

Step 2: Once you have installed ChromaCam on your computer, you will need to register and log in to the service using your email.

Step 3: Now, go to Google Meet at the link given here.

Step 4: If you are hosting a meeting, you can click ‘Start a meeting’ or ‘Join’ when you are a participant.

Also, read Google to reopen offices at 10% of its capacity from July

Before joining or starting a new meeting, click on the three-dotted button for ‘more options’. Next, to configure your camera, click on Settings.

Step 5: In the Video tab, click on the dropdown under ‘Camera’. Change the camera to  ChromaCam on your PC.

Step 6: A new ChromaCam window will pop up on the screen allowing you to choose a background and adjust several parameters including filters, slides, and blur levels. Select a background and make adjustments if necessary.

Step 7: Once you set a new background, just minimize the popup window and you’re done.

Stage 8: Now, you can get your gathering together with the new virtual foundation.

Hidden features

Change Meeting Meeting Layout – Google Meeting offers four layout options for meetings: Auto, Tiled, Spotlight, and Sidebar. By default, the layout is set to auto-switch, which automatically displays active participants as they speak during a meeting. However, if you want to change the default layout, you can do this fairly easily. For this, hit the three dots at the bottom right of the screen and choose ‘Hit Change Layout’. Now, tap on the format you want your participants to see in and on.

Record a meeting — once a meeting ends, there is not much that will happen so that you can reconsider parts of the meeting. So, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to go back from a meeting and share a meeting clip with someone, there is not much you can do at that moment.

However, when you are in a meeting, and you realize that you may need a clip later, you can record it in the first place. For this, tap on the three points on the lower right of the screen and. Record meeting. Once done, the recorded meeting will be saved under a new folder in your Google Drive for future access.

Schedule a meeting — Any time you want to schedule a meeting, Google comes back with your Google Calendar integration. Therefore, you can easily schedule a meeting and add members to notify them of the meeting via email. To make the experience easier, the event link you share also includes a joining link for the meeting.

To schedule a meeting, all you have to do is go to the Google Meeting homepage and schedule a video meeting from the Google Calendar/button. After this, you will be taken to a new tab where you can fill the required details like title, date, time, etc., and also add participants.

Change video settings — By default, Google Meat sends and receives video quality in standard definition, which is 360p. However, if you have good bandwidth with your connection, you can change the quality to high definition, ie 720 for better clarity. For this, when you are in a meeting, tap the three dots at the bottom right corner and choose ‘Settings’.

Next, in the pop-up, tap on the Video tab. Now, tap on the resolution sand resolution drop-down menu to reveal options and select 720p. Likewise, tap on the live receive resolution ‘drop-down menu to unveil the various options and select 720p. Also, with the send offer, you can choose to send audio-only, which can come in handy if you don’t want to share your video.

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