How do you change your video background in Microsoft Teams?

Although Zoom remains popular with its ease of use and features such as being able to open on different backgrounds, it is not the only video meeting application that allows you to do these. For example, Microsoft’s Teams office communication app also lets you change your meeting background. Here we will show you how to change your background for Teams video conferencing.

If you want to choose a background before officially starting the meeting:

  • Start your Teams video meeting. You will find yourself on the search screen.

  • Make sure video is turned on in the button bar at the bottom of the screen, then open the background settings control (located between the video and audio controls)
  • A “Background settings” column will appear on the right. Use this to blur your real background, or choose from several different images to provide a false background.

Choose a new Teams background from the “Background settings” window

  • If you want to add your own image, click the “Add new” link at the top of the column. Then you can choose an image from your computer’s files to add to the existing backgrounds.
  • When you change your background, the change stays in effect throughout your other meetings until you change it again.

If you’ve already started the meeting (or joined someone else’s meeting), you can still change your background.

  • Click the three dots in the middle of the button bar at the bottom of the screen and select “Show background effects”. You will see the same “Background settings” column on the right, with the ability to blur your background, change it or add a new one.

You can preview your background before using

You can preview your background before using

  • If you’re in the middle of a meeting and want to test the background, click “Preview” in the “Background settings” column. You will be able to see the effect in a small window at the bottom of the column; No one else in your meeting will see it.
  • Once you are satisfied with your new background, click “Apply” (or choose “Stop preview” if you want to revert to your previous background)

Update January 5, 2021, 2:30 PM ET: This article was originally published on April 14, 2020 and has been modified to include updates to the software.

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