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Using Google Meet For Work? Here’s How To Blur Your Background To Avoid Distractions

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Virtual meetings have been a lifesaver for many businesses and individuals over the past year of pandemic-related shutdowns. Along with convenience comes a trade-off in privacy, though. Virtual meetings give coworkers and bosses a direct glimpse into the private spaces of our homes, and for some, that’s not a comforting prospect.

To help limit distractions or make video calls more fun, you can now blur or replace your background or replace it with an image, an immersive background, or a video. You can also apply styles to customize your video with various light, color filters and stylized backgrounds.

To help devices better run real-time video, you can process background blur effects and light adjustments in the cloud. This feature saves battery and processor power and optimizes video call quality.

Google Meet: Change your background and use visual effects

Participants who join the video call while not logged into a Google account and participants who need to knock to get admitted, can only change their background or use visual effects once in the video call.

Before a video call 

  1. Go to Google Meet and select a meeting.
  2. On the bottom right of your self view, click Apply visual effects.
    • To completely blur your background, click Blur your background .
    • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur your background .
    • For select a pre-uploaded background, click a background.
    • To upload your own image for your background, click Upload a background image .
    • To add a style to your video, click a style.
    • If the filter is interactive, follow the directions on the screen to activate it.
  3. Click Join Now.

During a video call 

  1. On the bottom, click More .
  2. Click Apply visual effects.
    • To completely blur your background, click Blur your background .
    • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur your background.
    • For select a pre-uploaded background, click a background.
    • To upload your own image for your background, click Upload a background image .
    • To add a style to your video, click a style.
    • If the filter is interactive, follow the directions on the screen to activate it.

Your camera is automatically turned on when you click on an effect. Your device may slow down when you use effects and backgrounds. You may want to turn this feature off to allow other apps to run faster on your computer.

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