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How to blur your background on a Google Meet call

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While fun backgrounds have been a hit with video call services like Zoom, sometimes they can be distracting. That can also be the case with regular backgrounds, which might include personal items or even, let's face it, a mess you just don't want anyone to see. While Google is working on new ways to improve how you look on Google Meet calls, including some exciting new developments in AI, you can consider things like ring lights to enhance your visage as well. But that still doesn't solve the issue of a distracting background. You can actually keep things professional by blurring out your background to ensure the focus remains on you and not what type of houseplants you have at home or vinyl records in your collection. So how do you blur your background on a Google Meet call? Let's get started.

How to blur your background on a new Google Meet call

  1. Open the Google Meet app or go to Meet.google.com.
  2. Tap New meeting.

Google Meet Open Start Meeting

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  1. Tap the three dots on the far right.

Google Meet Change Background

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Google Meet Blur Background Slight

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  1. Tap the third option in the first row to totally blur the background.

Google Meet Blur Background Full

How to blur your background on a joined or existing Google Meet call

  1. Click on Google Meet link.
  2. Before joining the call, tap the three dots on the far right.
  3. Select Change background.
  4. Tap the second option in the first row to slightly blur the background.
  5. Tap the third option in the first row to totally blur the background.

How to blur your background on a Google Meet call from an Android phone

  1. Download the Google Meet app.
  2. Open the Meet app.
  3. Select the meeting you want to join or start one.
  4. At the bottom of your view, tap Blur your background.
  5. Join meeting.
  6. If already in a meeting, tap the screen to pull up your view.
  7. Tap Blur your background.

Be sure to check out our roundup of the best Google Meet tips and tricks for more ways to get the most out of this robust communication app.

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Christine Persaud is a freelance writer for Android Central who has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's probably working on her latest fitness program, binging a new (or old) TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets, or spending time with her school-aged son. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.