How To Change The Background On Microsoft Teams Video

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Changing the background on Microsoft Teams video calls can add a personal touch and make your virtual meetings more interesting. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to change your background on Microsoft Teams. I’ve personally found this feature to be a game-changer in making my video calls more engaging.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Teams

To begin, you’ll need to open Microsoft Teams on your computer. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it from the official Microsoft website. Once installed, open the application and log in to your account.

Step 2: Join or Start a Video Call

Next, join or start a video call with your colleagues or friends. You can do this by clicking on the “Meet” or “Join” button, depending on whether you want to start a new call or join an existing one.

Step 3: Access Background Settings

Once you are in a video call, look for the “More actions” (three-dot) button located at the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on it, and a menu will appear. From the menu, select “Show background effects.”

Step 4: Choose a Background

After selecting “Show background effects,” a panel will appear on the right side of the window. Here, you can choose from a variety of pre-loaded backgrounds provided by Microsoft. Simply click on the background you want to use, and it will be applied to your video call.

If you want to use your own custom background, click on the “Add new” button at the top of the panel. This will allow you to upload an image or video from your computer to use as your background.

Step 5: Adjust and Preview

Once you’ve selected a background, you can adjust it to fit your video call. Use the sliders provided in the background effects panel to adjust the blur level or apply a background effect intensity. You can also preview how the background looks before applying it to your call.

Step 6: Apply the Background

When you’re satisfied with your background selection and adjustments, click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the background effects panel. The background will now be visible to other participants in the video call.


Changing the background on Microsoft Teams video calls can add a personal touch and make your virtual meetings more enjoyable. Whether you want to use a professional backdrop, showcase your creativity, or simply have some fun, the background effects feature in Microsoft Teams offers a wide range of options to enhance your video calls. So, go ahead and experiment with different backgrounds to make your video calls more engaging and visually appealing!