Google Meet is catching up with its rivals in the video conferencing ecosystem and bringing some much-needed changes to the platform. One of the most sought-after features that the users currently want to see in Google Meet is background replace and blur.
Earlier, we revealed that the feature was coming to Google Meet from the scrutinization of Google’s upcoming release documentation. But there was no official announcement, and that made it hard to anticipate the timeline of the release.
Now there is an official announcement from Google on the matter. And even though there is no concrete release date yet either, it can be fairly said that things are moving quickly and G Suite Enterprise and Education users will soon be able to change and blur their backgrounds in Google Meet. Will the background replace functionality be coming to the free version? There’s no word on it yet.
To blur or change your background in Google Meet, you would click the ‘Replace background’ button on the right corner of the call toolbar. Users will also be able to change their background before joining the call on the ‘Ready to Join’ screen.
The options for changing your background will appear from the bottom of the screen. You can choose to blur your background or replace the background with an image. Google Meet will offer some preset images that users can choose from, or they can upload an image from their computers (but the organization’s G Suite admin can disable this option).
It’s about time that Google has decided to adorn its users’ screen with Background Blur and Replace in Google Meet as the feature is not only fun, it is super helpful in a lot of situations when we don’t want our surroundings to embarrass us in an important meeting.