Adding your own background images for Microsoft Teams meetings

Recently Microsoft Teams offered a standard set of background images for your Microsoft Teams meetings. You *could* add your own images, but it was more of a hack and wasn’t something you’d necessarily want to advertise. Now, there’s an easy way to do this, and here’s how it works…

When you’re in a Teams meeting, click the Ellipsis icon in the device bar and select Show background effects:

In the Background settings panel, select the Add new option:

Select your image that you’d like to have added to your custom background selections (see the end of this post for the image requirements):

Your image is now available as a selectable background, so click Apply and turn on video to have it show up as your background:

And here I am, coming to you live from the Aqaba amphitheater in Jordan!

Not all images can be used for backgrounds, however. They must meet these requirements, and you won’t be able to add it to your set if they do not:

  • Minimum size: 360 x 360 pixels
  • Maximum size: 2048 x 2048 pixels
  • File type: jpeg, png, bmp
  • Aspect ratio: Greater than 4


  1. camoon… what does this mean? “Aspect ratio: Greater than 4”
    – this means that one side is 4 times longer than other side… and this is not OK.. please update your requirements.. because all backgrounds that i can download are 4K.. 4096x2160px .. this is aspect ratio 1.9 or (~17:9)

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