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How to Use Virtual Backgrounds on Google Meet

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Virtual backgrounds on Google Meet was that one feature users have been missing for so long. Google announced that custom background was coming to Google Meet back in June, but it was unavailable on the app as of now. But Google has finally added support for virtual backgrounds on Google Meet. With this feature now, Google Meet is filling the gap between it and Zoom which already has this feature for so long.

The Google Meet custom background feature is available for both free and paid users. So if you want to try it, follow our step-by-step guide on how to change backgrounds on Google Meet.

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Use Virtual Backgrounds on Google Meet

Before moving forward, note that custom background on Google Meet is currently available on the web only and will come to Android and iOS apps soon. Also, it is not available for G suite uses.

The process to change backgrounds on Google Meet is pretty simple.

1] Go to and join or start a meeting. When you are on a video call, click on the 3-dot menu on the bottom-right, and choose “Change Background“.

2] From here, you can select any virtual background of your choice. You have the option to blur the background with a variety of background images just like cafes, beaches, etc.

3] If you want to add your own custom image on Google Meet then click on the “+” button and upload an image from your computer.

The image must be in JPG format and the size should be of max 16MB. Also, as of now, it does not support videos as custom backgrounds.

That’s it. Use virtual backgrounds on Google Meet calls now and surprise your colleagues. For more such tips and tricks follow us on social media.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.