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How to use Snap Camera with Google Meet

Google Meet has a background blur feature that will blur the background or mask it with an image. That is the extent of the effects it has. Since Google Meet is meant for professional use so it stands to reason it won’t have anything beyond that. 

That said, you can use a virtual webcam app with Google Meet and Snap Camera is an excellent option.

Snap Camera with Google Meet

Use Snap Camera with Google Meet

Snap Camera is free and serves as a virtual camera that can apply effects and stream them to Google Meet.

Install Snap Camera

Snap Camera is a desktop app and it must be installed, and set up before you can use it in Google Meet.

  1. Download and install Snap Camera from the official Snap camera website.
  2. Open the app and click the gear icon at the top right.
  3. Select your webcam from the dropdown.
  4. Return to the app and select the effect you want to use.
  5. Set it app the way you want to use it in Google Meet.

Check camera permissions

On Windows 10, it’s a good idea to check and make sure apps have permission to use the webcam.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Privacy.
  3. Select the Camera tab.
  4. Make sure the Allow apps access to your camera switch is on.

Snap Camera in Google Meet

You’re now ready to use Snap Camera in Google Meet.

  1. Join or start a meeting in Google Meet.
  2. Click the more options button (three dots).
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Go to the Video tab.
  5. Select Snap Camera from the dropdown.
  6. Return to the meeting and Snap Camera will load in the meeting.

Troubleshooting

If the camera view in Snap Camera is black, quit all apps that can use the camera. Additionally, it may help to quit apps like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus. For some reason, they tend to interfere with Snap Camera. 

If you still see a black camera view in Snap Camera, turn the Allow apps access to your camera switch in the Windows 10 Settings app Off and On again. 

You should also make sure Chrome has access to the webcam, as does Google Meet.

Conclusion

Snap Camera will work with most systems but not all or older ones. It has certain system requirements that are listed on the download page. It works on both Windows 10 (64 bit) and macOS (10.3 and later), requires Core i3 or later, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 or Nvidia GeForce 710 or AMD Radeon HD 6450, or later. Your screen must also support 1280×768 or higher resolution (most newer systems do). 

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