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How to use Custom Backgrounds Microsoft Teams

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How to use Custom Backgrounds Microsoft Teams

 

Microsoft Teams is constantly improving with new updates to help us work and communicate remotely. One such update is the ability to add backgrounds to your calls to hide the mess and chaos of your world or just jazz things up a bit.

If you're wondering how to add backgrounds to your calls, then you've come to the right place. We're going to show you how to select a new call background and which backgrounds to use for the best results.

How to blur your background in Microsoft Teams:

If you don't necessarily want to use a fake background, but also don't want people on your call seeing your kids wandering around or your less than professional backdrop then Teams has the answer.

Using a basic setting you can simply blur the background of your call while keeping yourself in focus.

The process of blurring your background is simple enough. When you're about to start a call on Teams you'll see a purple slider the bottom next to the video option. Simply use that slider to blur your webcam background before the call starts.

If you're already on the call then you can just hover your cursor near the bottom of the call window and you'll see a menu icon appear. Click that and select the "blur my background" option.

 

Using a default Teams background:

If background blurring isn't quite cutting it, then you can go a step further with the help of the default backgrounds available within Teams. There are a number of backgrounds to choose from whether simple office scenes or something a bit more luxurious.

To use a pre-installed Teams background is simple enough too. When you're connecting to a call on Teams you'll see an option with a slider next to the camera icon. Using that you can turn virtual backgrounds on and you'll then get the ability to select the background of your choosing.

 

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How to use your own backgrounds in Microsoft Teams:

Microsoft is working on the ability to upload and use your own custom images for backgrounds in Teams. This feature is in development and coming in May according to the roadmap. But the good news is there's currently a fairly straightforward workaround you can use to add custom backgrounds now.

In order to do so, all you need to do is add images to the right folder on your Windows PC or Mac and then you'll be able to access them in the same way you would the default backgrounds.

 

On Windows:

If you're on a Windows machine, use explorer to search for this folder:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Upload

This should take you to the folder where the default images are located. If it doesn't show it might be hidden, so click on Explorer again and click view, then tick the box that says "hidden items" - that should let you see the rest. Alternatively, this forum post might help.


On Mac:

If you're on a Mac, then the process is similar and the files are stored within a folder located here:

~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds.

 

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