Custom backgrounds

Choose how you show up with background effects in Microsoft Teams meetings.

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Create the perfect virtual setting

Easily change backgrounds

Blur or replace your background in a video meeting in one step.

Eliminate distractions

Keep the focus on you in video calls, whether at your dining room table or your home office.

Set the right tone

Choose a professional background for interviews or a more personal one for team meetings.

Decide what others can see

Show or hide what’s around you during video calls to help safeguard your privacy.

Blur your background

Avoid distractions and unexpected disruptions during video meetings with background blur.

Use virtual backgrounds

Quickly present a more professional setting. Choose from a variety of predesigned background images readily available in Teams.

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Add your own background images

Personalize your meeting experience by uploading your own images, such as your company logo, favorite sports team, or dream vacation destination.

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When setting up your video and audio before joining a Teams meeting, select background effects. Here you can choose to blur your background, select from a list of images, or upload your own image.

Background effects are currently available for PC and Mac client applications. Teams also supports background blur on iOS devices.1

Background images are currently limited to PC and Mac clients. Teams also supports background blur on iOS devices.1

For the best experience with custom backgrounds, we recommend uploading images with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 if possible. The higher the resolution, the better your images will appear.

Teams uses AI and your device’s camera to isolate your silhouette from the background around you and apply all the necessary details to transform your background into a new setting.

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1 Availability of mobile apps varies by country/region.