How to change your background on Microsoft Teams

Shaant Minhas

change your background on Microsoft Teams

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Are you tired of the plain and old background you use in Teams? Well, it is possible for you to change your background on Microsoft Teams.

Thanks to the developer behind Teams, the app comes packed with options that let you can change the background, blur it entirely, or replace it with an image you’d like there instead. And if you’re looking for some background ideas, you can start with our list of Teams background posts.

Here’s how you can change your background on Microsoft Teams:

How to change your background on Microsoft Teams during a meeting

There are two ways to change your Teams meeting background. You can either do it during a Teams meeting or before a meeting starts. First, let’s go over what you can do during a live meeting.

To change your background during a meeting, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the meetings controls, select More actions *** and click on Apply background effects.
  • Click on Blur, and your background will be blurred. Alternatively, you can also select one of the images to blur your background.
  • Click on Preview to get a brief look at how everything looks before you finalize anything.
    Finally, click on Apply.

As soon as you do that, the background of your Teams meeting will be changed.

How to switch your background before a Teams meeting

The second option on your plate is to change the background before a meeting begins. Here’s how:

  1. When you’re setting things up in your meeting, click on the Background filters—it’s right under the video thumbnail.
  2. If you’d like to blur the background a bit, click on Blur.
    teams background filter
  3. Again, you can choose to set up an additional image instead. Click on Add new and pick an image to upload from your computer.

teams meeting with an altered background

Do this and your meeting background will be changed for the good. To reset your settings or to change the background to something else entirely, you’ll have to repeat the process.

We also invite you to check out Microsoft’s Explore Backgrounds page to view all the latest and possible options that you can use and set as your Teams background during meetings.

Refresh your Microsoft Teams background

Microsoft Teams is a haven for all the Teams meetings. The ability to change your background on Microsoft Teams enhances the meeting experience more. Hopefully, one of these methods turned out to be suited to your needs and helped you tweak things around.