How to Use Google Meet Filters and Effects

How to Use Google Meet Filters and Effects

Google Meet has evolved from a platform for business meetings to a place where people can make personal calls. During the pandemic, Google made Meet available to anyone with a free Google account. And Google does a great job for users all over the world.

The popularity of Google Meet is rapidly rising to a new level. Since then, Google has continued to improve the capabilities of this service. This is evidenced by the increasing number of features available in the free account. As was the case in Zoom Meetings, Google has now included Filters, AR-Masks, and Effects similar to
Google Duo.

Also read: How to Use Filters in Zoom Meetings

Filters like black and white videos, AR masks like dinosaur heads (similar to Apple’s Memoji in FaceTime chat), and goofy AR effects like riding a dolphin are just some of the effects of these new filters.

Who Can Use These Google Meet Filters and Effects?

Only iOS and Android mobile apps have access to these new filters and effects. It’s unclear if they will be available on Google Meet for the Web, as Google hasn’t made an announcement or even hinted at the possibility.

Even in the mobile app, filters and AR masks are only available for personal accounts, i.e. accounts with the “gmail.com” domain. As for the account
Google Workspace, the only available effect is the pre-existing “blur and background replace” effect. And that’s fitting, considering that this effect is completely unnecessary in a professional setting.

How to Add Filters, Effects or Masks in Google Meet

Using Google Meet filters and effects is relatively easy. But first, you need to update Meet app from App Store or Play Store as this effects & filters feature is part of the latest update. After that, you can apply this effect before joining or during the meeting. However the option to use effects will only appear when your video is active.

During the meeting, open your self view window and tap the Effects icon (it looks like a glitter emoji ).

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Also read: How to Add Emojis, GIFs and Agendas in Google Meet

As soon as you tap on the Effects icon, your self-view window will expand, taking over the screen, and the effects will appear at the bottom. You can keep swiping non-stop to navigate between different effects. Or you can use categories to get to where you want. This category includes Blurs, Backgrounds, Styles, and Filters. So, if you slide it, you will go through the blur and backgrounds effect to reach the filters and masks.

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To use a screen filter, tap “Styles”. Currently there are 7 different styles like Black and white, lens flare, etc. Tap the thumbnail to use it. This screen filter works whether you are viewing it or not and affects the whole screen.

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To use AR-Masks and other silly effects like dolphin masks, tap “Filters”. You can add cats, dinosaurs, penguins, dogs, jellyfish, astronauts, dolphin rides, and many more with this filters and masks feature. Tap the thumbnail for the effect you want to use.

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Most of these filters only work when your head is visible while using AR. It also uses head tracking technologies like the Background effect, so the filter adjusts as you move your head.

Notes: these styles and filters are applied in real-time. As soon as you tap on the effect, even if you just want to see a preview of how it looks, other people in the meeting will be able to see it.

Once you are satisfied with the effect you want to use, tap on the “Close” icon to return to the meeting.

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To use these filters and effects before joining a meeting, open your preview window and tap on the “Effects” icon.

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The effects screen will open. Select the effect you want to use and tap “Done” to apply the filter. Unlike applying this effect during a meeting, the filter is not applied until you tap the “Done” button. If you tap on “Cancel”, the changes are not saved, either after you apply the effect or change it.

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Removing Filters and Effects in Google Meet

You can delete the effect in the meeting at any time. However if you leave the meeting, you don’t have to worry about deleting it. This is because Google Meet doesn’t remember this effect as it does with the background effect in Meet for Web.

So, you don’t have to worry about the effect being automatically activated just because you left the previous meeting without deleting it. However, it also means that you have to apply this effect to every meeting.

To remove effects, tap on the “Effects” icon again from your self-view window. The effects screen will open. Now, scroll to the beginning or tap “No effects” from the category.

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Then, tap the “No effects” thumbnail and close the effects screen to return to the meeting with no effects.

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Video calls can get a little tedious. These effects and masks can spice up your calls a bit and give you something to make fun of.

Also read: How to Mirror Video on Google Meet

That’s a tutorial on how to use Google Meet filters and effects. I hope this article helped you! Thank you for visiting and don’t forget if you find this article useful, please share it with your friends too.

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