This article is written for G Suite for Education Administrators.

Google added a professional feature virtual background to Google Meet in the Oct 2020 update. This feature allow you to replace your messy room background with a beautiful image from Google's hand-picked image library.

Since the launch of this feature, many young students in schools start playing this feature at online classes. This feature distracts them from the lecture. The background effects also come with computing and network resources costs, degrading the device performance and school network.

Virtual background in Google Meet
Virtual background in Google Meet

The Safe Doc chrome extension provides a simple way to fix the problem. If your school has yet installed Safe Doc, get a 30 days trial today.

What's changing?

Safe Doc disables the virtual background feature by removing the change background buttons and menu items.

The screenshots well tell the differences. In the Google Meet waiting room, in the camera preview box, Safe Doc removes the change background button along with the change background menu in the 3 dots menu. In the Google Meet session, the change background menu item can be found at the right of bottom toolbar 3 dots menus. Safe Doc remove it as well.

Safe Doc disables changing background in the Google Meet waiting room
Safe Doc disables changing background in the Google Meet waiting room
Safe Doc disables students changing background in Google Meet
Safe Doc disables students changing background in Google Meet

How to Set up Safe Doc?

First of all, please have Safe Doc deployed to your students' Chrome browsers and read over Safe Doc Configuration.

Then add and set the policy BlockMeetChangeBackground to true in your Safe Doc extension policy configuration.

"BlockMeetChangeBackground": {
  "Value": true
}

After you save the policy configuration, your students' Google Meet no longer can replace the background.

Limitation

  • Safe Doc cannot revert the existing background effects if students have made the changes before the Safe Doc policy is applied.

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