Samsung lets change the background in video calls on the Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 generation allows you to change the background image when making a video call. The function is present in OneUI and applies to several video chat platforms such as Google Duo, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex.

To activate this option and take advantage of it, just open the chosen app to make a video call and then access its settings. It is a relatively useful and well-appreciated possibility in the context of teleworking.

We can change the background in video calls on the Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21
Image 1. The function was tested on the Google Duo service and app.

Present in the OneUI 3.1 interface are several functions and aids to get more out of the smartphone and its apps. When using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra we ended up finding the option available on the Google Duo service.

After some investigation we also found the report of Android Police to account for the availability of this option in services Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, in addition to the aforementioned Google. It is a simple but welcome feature.

The user can easily customize the effects of the background image. You can change the image and add a virtual background, blur the background, change the color of the background so that you don’t see what’s behind you, or simply to personalize it.

Activates the virtual background in the settings of each app

Samsung Galaxy S21
Image 2. The main customization options.

When opening a video call application like Google Duo we have, in the image options, the menu shown above. There we find three main customization options: 1. Background Blur; two. Background color; 3. Background image.

When selecting the option “Background Image” we are invited to choose an image to replace it that we can choose from the gallery, or from Google Photos. Then just choose the desired image and enjoy the customization.

But, there are even more options in the software of the new phones …

There are (still) more customization options on the Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21
Image 3. Advanced customization options in Settings.

By tapping the “Definitions“- shown in image 2, a menu similar to that in image 3 opens. There we have even more controls and customization options for video calls.

Among the background effects we can choose the blur, with the smartphone keeping the focus on the user’s face and blurring everything else. Here the front camera applies the effect bokeh so that during video calls they only see the user.

Additionally, we have the option of fill with color the bottom, or again, choose an image from the gallery and other photo sources.

Finally, we remind you that these options are present in Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 interface, currently available for the Galaxy S21 generation at the time of this writing. Eventually it could reach more models.

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