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Google Meet now lets you add video backgrounds to your calls

The only kicker is that Google doesn’t let you upload your own background. You have to use their options. Lame.

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In an effort to keep up with the dozens of video-conferencing tools out there, Google Meet is getting some fresh new updates, mainly the ability to add video backgrounds to your calls. So if you’re a heavy Google Meet user looking to mask your background with a video, well, here you go.

The only kicker is that you can’t upload any video as your background; you have to use what Google gives you. And the options are limited. Like, extremely limited. You have three choices: a classroom, a party, and a forest. That’s it. Google says it plans on adding more backgrounds sometime down the line.

Google has been allowing Meet users to add customized backgrounds to their video calls since October 2020, but this is the first time video has been added to the list of customizable options. Google says the video background feature will arrive “in the coming weeks.”

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In addition to video backgrounds, Google introduced a suite of other features that allow you to pin yourself as a tile, remove yourself entirely from the video feed, and the ability to pin multiple video feeds at a time. There’s even a cool new light adjustment feature that automatically enhances the brightness for you if you appear underexposed. More info about all the new updates can be found here.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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