Google offers custom wallpapers for the Google Meet video platform, the company announced in a blog post. If you use Google Meet in Google’s Chrome browser, you should be able to access this feature not only on Chrome OS but also on Windows and Mac laptops and desktops. According to Google, this feature will be available “soon” for mobile.
No browser extension is required to activate your custom wallpaper. You should be able to add background images from your own photo collection or from Google’s photo library, including landscapes, abstract arts, and offices (for whatever reason).
The company says it could take up to a week for all Google Meet users to have access to the new custom background options.
Competing for video conferencing services, Microsoft Teams and Zoom, have already allowed custom images to be used in conference background. During the pandemic, as more and more people rely on video calls from home to work or school, all three are adding new features. In recent months, Meet has added a blur effect to the background of the meeting, providing real-time captions, a low-light mode, a hands-off, and a tile display (the massive Brady Bunch screen) that shows up to 49 people.
In May, Google integrated Meet into Gmail and added a sidebar link to allow up to 100 meetings for anyone with a Google account with no time limit.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a third-quarter earnings call Thursday that Meet was having 235 million meetings a day and more than 7.5 billion video calls per day.