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May 14, 2020

How to customize your background in Microsoft Teams

The great popularity acquired by Microsoft Teams in recent months has made the Redmond company accelerate the updates designed on this tool.

One of the most requested features was the ability to customize the wallpaper of our video calls, in order to make them look more professional or add a fun touch to your meetings.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Change your background in Microsoft Teams

The first step to activate this functionality is to find yourself in a video call and follow the next steps:

  1. Click on the «More Actions» option (…) in the menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select the option «Show background effects»
  3. A sidebar will appear where you can choose from all the available backgrounds. Click on «Preview» if you want to test the background on your screen before others see it; once you have decided, click «Apply».

You can also add your background before joining a call by activating the «Background Effects» option right between the camera and microphone buttons. Then all you have to do is follow the same steps described above.

How to blur your background in Microsoft Teams

If you don’t want to add any custom background but still want to hide whatever is behind you during a meeting, you can also apply the blurred background effects, so whatever appears behind you is not perceived.

To do this, simply choose the «Blur» option from the various background that appears in the sidebar.

How to add your custom background in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams offers us the possibility of choosing between different scenes established within the platform, some more professional and others inspired by fantasy worlds.

However, it is also possible to use your own images as the background in meetings and video calls in Microsoft Teams.

1. Look for the Uploads folder

If you have a computer with a Windows operating system, you must access My PC and select the disk where you have Office installed, which in most cases will be the Local Disk (C:), in order to follow the next route:

  • Users < Your User > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Teams > Backgrounds > Uploads

If you have a Mac operating system the route to follow is as follows:

  • Users > Your User > Library > Application > Support > Teams > Backgrounds > Uploads

2. Upload your image

Once inside the folder, you simply have to leave the image you want to use as a video call background inside.

From then on, it will appear as one more image among the preset background offered by Microsoft Teams.

Attention! In order to import your own background into the tool, you must have the latest version of the Microsoft Teams application installed on your computer. Please make sure that your images are approximately 1820×1080 in size and in JPG, JPEG or PNG format.

To get you started on this new feature, here are some of our own custom backgrounds for you to try. Simply click on the image and it will open in full size four you to save.


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