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How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

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You can tweak the background image in Teams if you wish to change what appears behind you in your video meeting or call, blur the background, or use a custom background.

This is one of the most used features in Microsoft Teams. It can be useful when you want to hide your messy room, use a pre-set image or want to attend a meeting with a beach in your background. It allows you to hide your actual surrounding hence reducing distractions and interruptions.

In this article, we will cover the following topics in detail –

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Changing the Background Image Before Meeting Starts

You can change background image in Teams before a meeting starts by following the steps below –

  • Open Microsoft Teams
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Meeting > Meet Now
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • In the setting window, turn on the toggle at the bottom of the screen to start the video
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Background filters
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on the first option to take off any filter already added
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • If you are working from home and do not want people to see what’s in your background, click on blur
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  •  You can even use images in the background like a room, abstract art, a beach, etc.
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  •  Click on Add new to insert a custom image as a background
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Join NowHow to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

You will see the selected image as the background for your meeting.

How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

 

During the Meeting

Once you are in the meeting, you can still change background image in Teams by following the steps below –

  • Click on More > Apply Background effects
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • You will find the same background filters
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Preview to view how the background will look like
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Apply and turn on videoHow to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

 

Finding Additional Backgrounds on Microsoft’s Website

You can use backgrounds available on Microsoft’s website as well.

  • Open Microsoft website
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select a Category
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Download Background
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Open Microsoft Teams > Background Filters
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select Add New
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select the image and click on Apply
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

 

Changing Your Profile Image

If you turn off your camera, the default image that is visible to everyone is your initial.

How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

You can easily change that by following the steps below –

  • Open Microsoft Teams website
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Go to top right corner of the screen and click on the icon
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click Manage account
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select Manage button
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select Your info
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select Change photo
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Click on Add a photo
    How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams
  • Select a photo and then hit Open
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  • Hit Save
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You will now see that the profile image has changed to the one you have selected before instead of your initials.

How to Change Your Background Image in Microsoft Teams

 

In this article, we have went through a various background options as well as changing your profile image for when your camera is not on. We have also seen how to get additional backgrounds on Microsoft’s website.

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