Now you can use virtual backgrounds in video calls using Google Meet
There are many apps that give you the option to arrange a video call or a conference with many people at once. However, there are times when you wish if there could have been a way to hide the background, especially when you are making a video call from your home. Because I think many people don't want others to know what's in it, even if they've kept the place clean.
Hence, the option of virtual backgrounds is useful in such cases. Now, earlier, in order to use a virtual background, it was required for the user to first cover his background with some green cloth, and then use the functionality of chroma key composition to change the green part with another image of his choice.
However, later things got changed for the betterment, as the users would then not required to prepare any setup as before, to use a virtual background. All it was required for the user, was to simply select the default image for the background from the app and that's it, you have your virtual background ready. This feature was already available in one of the video conferencing apps like Zoom for months.
However, as per our current lifestyle i.e. from the requirement to attend video meetings from home for working professionals, to the attending of classes from home for students, many other apps have realized the importance of having the virtual background feature for the users. And accordingly, Google Meet now offers this feature for its users.
To use the virtual background feature on Google Meet simply follow the below steps:
- open Google Meet and click on the three verticle dots to open more options menu
- click on the Change background option
- in the new menu, you'll see options to slightly blur, completely blur, turn off background, select the pre-listed backgrounds or even add your own custom background using the + button
As of this time, this option will be available for Windows, Chrome OS, and Chrome for Mac. However, later it will be available for Android and iOS users.
So are you yet to try this feature?