How To Change Background On Google Meet?

google meet change background

Sometimes, we have to attend video call meetings in places that might not be the most pleasant sight for the eyes. This has become more common since work-from-home became a popular norm. To make sure we don’t worry about it, Google Meet gives users the ability to change their background for calls.

From slightly blurring the background to adding animated or static backdrops, there are quite a few options to choose from. Also, you can even upload a custom background to Google Meet if you want.

Now, there are two ways to do this. You can change your background before joining a video conference or during an ongoing one. Also, in both cases, you can change the background as many times as you like.

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How To Change Background Before Joining A Google Meet Call

On Desktop/Laptop:

  1. Sign in to your Google account and go to “”
  2. Enter the meeting code or link in the “Enter a code or link” field and click on “Join.”
joining a google meet using link

3. Click on the “Apply visual effects” button.

apply visual effect before joining google meet

4. Select a blur effect, animated background, or static background from the catalog of pre-uploaded backgrounds by clicking on it.

backgrounds before joining a google meet call

5. If you want to upload your backdrop, select the “Upload a background image” button and browse to your preferred image’s location. Select your photo and click on “Open” to confirm.

uploading custom background on google meet before joining a call

6. Close the background window and click on “Join now” to enter the Google Meet session with your custom background image.

On Mobile:

  1. Open the Meet app, tap on “Join with a code”.
  2. Enter your meeting code and press “Join.”
joining a google meet using link on mobile

3. Tap on the visual effects button (the camera must be on for this).

apply visual effect before a call on meet mobile app

4. Select any blur effect, animated/static backdrop, or even filter by tapping on it. To upload a background from your phone’s storage, tap on the “+” button and select your image.

backgrounds before a call on meet mobile app

5. Tap on “Done” to confirm your choice.

How To Change Background During A Google Meet Call?

  1. During an ongoing Google Meet session, click on the “More options” button at the bottom and select “Apply visual effects.”
apply visual effect during a google meet call

2. From the side menu, click on the blur effect or the static/animated backdrop to select it.

backgrounds during a google meet call

3. To upload your custom wallpaper, click on the “Upload a background image” button, browser to your image’s location, select it, and click “Open” to confirm.

uploading custom background on google meet during a call

On Mobile:

  1. During an ongoing session, click on the visual effects button in your camera feed (camera must be on for this).
apply visual effect during a call on meet mobile app

2. Select your preferred effect, background, or filter from the menu in the bottom right corner. To add your wallpaper from the phone, tap on the “+” button and select the image.

backgrounds during a call on meet mobile app

3. Tap on the “X” to close the catalog and confirm your decision.

More Virtual Background Options For Google Meet

Given the numerous possibilities with custom backgrounds, there are several Chrome browser extensions and third-party apps that can further enhance your meeting backdrop. Here is a list of several popular browser extensions and apps you can try out.

Chrome Extensions:

Third-party apps:


1. How do I add a virtual background to Google Meet?

You can add a virtual background either by using the backgrounds available in Meet, uploading one from your device, or using a third-party app such as ChromaCam.

2. Why can’t I change my background on Google Meet?

If you cannot change the backdrop in Meet, chances are the meeting admin has disabled the feature. If that’s not the case, you can try generating a new Meet link, enabling hardware acceleration in the browser, clearing its history, or disabling its extensions. Also, non-Google accounts and those who need permission to join a meeting can only change backgrounds after the call starts. Those with Google Workspace for Education can’t upload custom backdrops.

3. How do I use Google Meet filters on a desktop or laptop?

Since built-in filters are only available on mobile, you’ll have to resort to apps like SnapCam to use filters on desktop/laptop.

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