In addition to replacing your Google Meet background with a static image, you can now replace your background with a video. At the moment, you can select from three Google made videos: a classroom, a party, and a forest — more options will be available soon.
Use a video background to make calls more fun.
Why you’d use it
Custom backgrounds can help you show more of your personality, as well help hide your surroundings to maintain privacy. With the option of replacing your background with video, we hope this makes your video calls more fun.
Initially available on the web only, coming to mobile soon
Background Video will initially only be available when using Google Meet on the web. We’ll make it available on mobile in the coming months — we’ll post an update on the Workspace Updates Blog when it becomes available.
Requires Chrome M87+
Starting on June 30, 2021, the replace background feature for both video and image backgrounds will require Chrome version M87+ (released November 2020). Update your Chrome to make sure you can continue to use the feature.
Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to control whether users can change their backgrounds in Meet. Note: the “Let users select custom images” option is disabled by default for Google Workspace for Education customers.
End users: Visit the Help Center to learn more about changing your background in a video meeting.
Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout to eligible devices (up to 7 days for feature visibility) starting on June 7, 2021
Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout to eligible devices (up to 7 days for feature visibility) starting on Jun 18, 2021
Available to all Workspace users. Also available if you're using Google Meet with a personal Google account.
- Google Help: Change your background in a video meeting
- Google Admin Help: Control whether users can change their backgrounds in Meet
- Google Workspace Updates Blog: Control background replacement in Google Meet with a new Admin setting
- Google AI Blog: Background Features in Google Meet, powered by Web ML