How to blur your background in Microsoft Teams during a call to help protect your privacy (or hide a mess!)

Arif Bacchus

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change your background on Microsoft Teams

Sometimes when you’re on a call in Microsoft Teams the unexpected can happen, especially when working from home. Someone might barge into the room and interrupt your call, or you might just be in a weird setting where you might not want others to see what’s happening in the background. No need to worry, though, as Microsoft Teams has a feature where you can blur your background, putting you in the focus, and concealing everything behind you. Here’s how to use it.

There are two ways you can set up background blur in Microsoft Teams: Before a call, and during a call. We’ll be starting first before a call. To do this, you’ll want to start a meeting or join a call. On the join now screen where you choose your audio and video settings, you should notice a square icon with a person in the background. It’s the third icon from the left and appears right next to the settings cog for your video and audio settings. You’ll want to click this square icon. Then, in the pop-up window on the right, you should see an option that says Blur. Click it to apply it.

Teams Blur Background Step

Now, for the option to turn on background blur during a meeting in Microsoft Teams. With this method, you’ll want to hover your mouse over to the top of the screen. There, you’ll see three dots ( . . . ) From there, click the three dots, and choose Blur. To end, scroll to the bottom of the window, and click Apply.

It is worth noting that the feature also might not be available for your specific device. If you don’t see the toggle switch for it, your device probably won’t support it. Microsoft also has a warning and mentions that background blurring might not always prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting members and participants.

Blurring the background is just one cool trick in Microsoft Teams to help clean up or hide background messes during calls. Microsoft also has a feature where you can set a custom background in Teams, too.

This all is included in our list of tricks and tips on how you can get the most out of your meetings in Teams. We’ve also got other guides and how-tos, and news articles relating to Microsoft Teams, so feel free to check it out and let us know if you’ve found the background blue feature useful by dropping us a comment below.