Background images in Microsoft Teams meetings

With the massive increase in Microsoft Teams meetings due to people working remote because of the COVID-19 virus, there’s been a lot of comparisons between Teams and Zoom for online meetings. One of the things that Zoom does that Teams meetings didn’t was allow for background images. That is now corrected with the latest Teams update. Here’s how that works…

When you’re in a Microsoft Teams meeting, click on the Ellipsis icon and select Show Background Effects:

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Activity 
Teams 
Calendar 
Search or type a command 
Show device settings 
Show call details 
Enter full screen 
Show background effects 
Turn on live captions (preview) 
O Start recording 
End meeting 
Tum off incoming video 
00:18

You’ll see a panel on the right that shows the images provided by Microsoft for your background. Select one of the images and click Apply:

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Search or type a command 
Activity 
Teams 
Calendar 
01:06 
Background settings 
O Others won't see your video while you previe... 
Preview 
Apply

That background will now be applied to your screen:

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Search or type a command 
Activity 
Teams 
Calendar 
0136 
Background settings 
O Others won't see your video while you previe... 
Preview 
Apply

If you want to “try out” some of the backgrounds before selecting one, click on an image and then click on Preview. That will show what your image will look like in the lower-right. Once you find the one you like, click on Apply And Turn On Video:

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Search or type a command 
Activity 
Teams 
Calendar 
02:56 
Background settings 
O Others won't see your video while you previe... 
Stop preview 
Apply and tum on video

And to answer the next question that will be sure to be asked… “Can I have my own pictures in the background?” The answer is… not yet. Microsoft is working on the user interface to allow you to upload custom images into the right location so that you can go beyond the provided images.

Just remember… just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should… 🙂

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