How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

With the world now transitioning to a work-from-home regime, the need for high-quality, secure video conferencing applications has skyrocketed and while apps like Skype and Zoom are the de facto market leaders at the moment, Google has not stepped out of this competition. Google Meet is a capable video conferencing app from Google, and over the last few months, has grown in prominence, amongst educational institutions as well as professional companies. The feature set is pretty similar to the market standard, but you also get that added Google branding that evokes a different level of trust. We have been using Google Meet for a few weeks and we have not found any major problems with our experience.

Much like other popular video conferencing apps, Google Meet also allows you to set virtual backgrounds to spice up your conference. If you are wondering how you can get this done on Google Meet, this tutorial is for you.

Let’s take a look at how you can set a virtual background on Google Meet.

Step 1. Open the Google Meet application in your web browser.

 

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

 

Step 2. Click on the new meeting button to start up a new video conference. Ideally, you will want to set a virtual background before you start inviting people onto the chat.

 

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

 

Step 3. On the meeting screen, click on the three-dot button on the toolbar.

 

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

 

Step 4. Click on the apply visual effects option from the pop-up menu.

 

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

 

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Step 5. Now, under the backgrounds option, you can either select from the preloaded backgrounds or upload your own background.

 

How to set a virtual background on Google Meet

 

We have tried setting a few of the default as well as custom virtual backgrounds, and we are generally happy with the way it is integrated, but for the best result, it is recommended that you have a green screen behind you, so that the background can be mapped to the same.

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