You can now replace your Google Meet background with a video
Google started rolling out video backgrounds in Google Meet. In addition to a static image, you can now replace your Google Meet background with a video. However, although you can upload your own image backgrounds, you must use videos created by Google for the video backgrounds. The company offers three options at launch: a classroom, a party, and a forest. More videos will be added “soon”.
Video backgrounds in Google Meet will be available to all Workspace users, as well as those who use the service with a personal Google Account. However, this capability is initially only available on the web version. Google said the functionality will be rolled out to Meet mobile applications “in the coming months”.
However, if you use Google Meet for your business meetings or online classes, you can now access the web version to replace your background with a video. It will help you hide your surroundings for privacy, or maybe just make your video calls more fun.
That said, you will need at least version 87 Google Chrome (released in November 2020) to access this feature from June 30. Google says you won’t be able to change your meeting background with a static image or video on older versions of Chrome starting June 30. So be sure to update your Chrome to keep using these features.
Google Meet is gaining video backgrounds on the web
As working from home is the new normal, video conferencing apps like Google Meet and Zoom have become household names. And to better facilitate user needs, these platforms have added several new features over the past year and a half.
Google has added the ability to change your Meet background to a static image in October 2020. In April, the company ad that its video conferencing platform will soon allow users to replace their background with video as well. This capability is now widely deployed.
The video background for Google Meet is initially rolling out to users in Rapid Release domains, starting June 7. All eligible devices are expected to benefit from this new feature during this week. Meanwhile, those on scheduled broadcast domains will begin using this capability on June 18. It can take up to seven days for the feature to reach all eligible devices worldwide.
Note that the custom background option (for image and video) is disabled by default on Google Workspace for Education clients. Additionally, workspace admins can also control whether users in their organization can change their backgrounds in Google Meet.