How To Add Your Own Custom Backgrounds To Microsoft Teams

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Hey there! Today I want to share with you a cool trick that I recently discovered – how to add your own custom backgrounds to Microsoft Teams. As we continue to adjust to remote work and virtual meetings becoming the new norm, it’s great to have the ability to personalize our virtual meeting spaces. Adding custom backgrounds not only adds a touch of personality, but also helps to create a more immersive and engaging experience during video calls.

Before getting started, make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Teams installed on your device. Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of adding your own custom backgrounds:

Step 1: Choose or create your custom background

The first step is to find or create an image that you want to use as your custom background. It could be a scenic photo, a funny meme, or even a branded image that represents your company or personal brand. The possibilities are endless! Just remember to choose an image with a resolution of at least 1920×1080 pixels for the best results.

Step 2: Access the background settings in Microsoft Teams

Once you have your custom background image ready, open Microsoft Teams and join or start a meeting. During the meeting, click on the three dots at the bottom of the screen to access the meeting controls. From the menu, select “Show background effects”. This will open the background settings panel on the right side of the screen.

Step 3: Upload and apply your custom background

In the background settings panel, you’ll see a list of available backgrounds provided by Microsoft. To add your custom background, click on the “Add new” button at the top of the panel. This will open a file explorer window where you can navigate to the location where you saved your custom background image. Select the image and click “Open” to upload it.

Once your custom background is uploaded, it will appear as a preview in the background settings panel. You can now click on the thumbnail to apply the custom background to your video feed. Take a moment to adjust the position and scale of the background using the sliders provided, until you are satisfied with the way it looks.

Step 4: Enjoy your personalized virtual meeting space

That’s it! You have successfully added your own custom background to Microsoft Teams. Now, every time you join a meeting or make a video call, you can showcase your personal style and make your virtual meeting space truly your own.


Custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams are a fun and creative way to personalize your virtual meeting space. They allow you to add your own personal touch and make your video calls more engaging and enjoyable. Whether you want to showcase your favorite vacation spot, promote your brand, or simply add a touch of humor to your meetings, custom backgrounds are a great feature to explore. So go ahead, get creative, and make your virtual meetings more exciting with custom backgrounds!