High-five: Background blur is here!

Now you can blur your background while you’re on video calls, and give high-fives to your friends in the office.

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High-five: Background blur is here!

Photograph of Philip Wang
Morgan Smith

We’ve been hard at work to make meetings on Gather easier and more enjoyable for your team. From our new Chrome extension and Meeting View to improved audio and video, it’s really a whole new meeting experience.

Today, we’re excited to share two more updates that are not only useful during meetings, but anytime you’re connecting with others in your virtual office! 

Blur your video background

Real office a little messier than your virtual one? Now you can blur your background, saving your teammates the distraction of your physical surroundings.

To turn background blur on, click the video settings from the bottom navigation. The toggle makes it easy to turn on or off, so you can quickly adjust based on who you’re meeting with or what’s going on in your background. 

High-five your coworkers! 👏

If you and a coworker are walking toward each other and both wave, you’ll high-five! It’s a fun way to share a moment with your remote coworkers, no video or chat required. You’ll even hear a satisfying clap sound to make it even more real! 

To wave to someone, you can use the Emote button in the bottom navigation bar. By default, this emoji is in the first spot, but you can always click the Edit button to customize which number it’s assigned to on your keyboard. 

If you have any questions about these updates, you can always visit our Help Center.

Making things better, bit by bit.

- The Gather Team

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