Virtual Backgrounds


Let's get into the details of virtual backgrounds. 

Who can use this feature?

Virtual backgrounds are available to all Dialpad Meetings users, including free and guest accounts.

Enabling virtual backgrounds

Virtual backgrounds will be automatically enabled in your Dialpad Meetings app — no need to modify any settings. Just sit back and find your favorite background!

Admins can also control their team's ability to use custom backgrounds by updating the team settings. 

  1. Click the Menu button on the Dialpad Meetings dashboard (thats the 3 horizontal stripes)
  2. Select "Team"
  3. Toggle on (it will turn purple) 'Allow virtual backgrounds during video meetings'


Using virtual backgrounds

Once the virtual background option is selected, you’ll have several options: 

  1. Remove the background
  2. Apply blur
  3. "Surprise me!" - This feature selects a random virtual background from all available options. It will be different for each meeting. 
  4. Add your own custom background image
  5. Choose from a list of backgrounds:
    • User-uploaded backgrounds
    • Admin-uploaded backgrounds
    • Stock backgrounds


Once a background is chosen, it will reflect behind your silhouette.


Custom team backgrounds

If your company is on a paid Business Plan, Team Admins will see the option in their team settings to 'Allow custom backgrounds during video meetings'. This is enabled by default.

Custom backgrounds allows Admins to upload company-branded backgrounds available for everyone at the company to use. This gives employees a professional option that also promotes your company's brand!

Simply upload your photo from within the Team settings and it will be available for your entire time.


Once you have enabled a virtual background, all of the participants will get a video stream with the selected background.

Custom personal backgrounds 

If permitted by your Team Admin, users can also upload their own image to use as a virtual background. 

Admins must first go into the Team Settings and tick the checkbox beside 'Allow team members to upload custom virtual backgrounds'


Once this feature has been activated (or if you already have it enabled), hover over the camera icon on the toolbar, and click Change video background.3-Start-Click_Camera_Icon_Action_Sheet.png

Click 'Add New' and upload your desired background. 



What platforms support virtual backgrounds?

  • Chrome 94 and above only
  • Dialpad Meetings native app

When I use virtual backgrounds, the CPU shoots up... why is that and how can I resolve it?

Virtual background is a CPU-heavy feature. Depending on the machine you’re using, the CPU may shoot up. Here are different ways to debug it:

  • Ensure that no CPU heavy applications are open
  • Close unused tabs from your browser

If the issue isn’t resolved, then it’s best to disable virtual backgrounds.

My video flickers and sometimes has a green tint. What should I do?

This is a known issue in Google Chrome for Windows machines. Please ensure you are using the latest version of Google Chrome. 

I can’t see the virtual background option. Why?

If your machine is not compatible with virtual backgrounds, we automatically hide the feature. Here are some of those scenarios that could prohibit you from using virtual backgrounds:

  • Any browser apart from Google Chrome v94 and above
  • Mobile apps
  • Blacklisted GPU by browsers

If you are unable to access the virtual background features, first, ensure you are not using any browser except for Google Chrome 94+ or the native Dialpad Meetings app. Even mobile apps are not yet supported.

If the virtual background still does not work, go to this site, and verify that WebGL 2 is supported and that the Major Performance Caveat displays as "no"


If it mentions 'not supported', then there is a good chance that your hardware is either not powerful enough or your GPU is blacklisted. In this situation, it is better to upgrade your hardware. If it mentions WebGL 2 supported and still the virtual background does not work, contact our support team.

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