How To Change Your Microsoft Teams Video Background

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Customizing your video background in Microsoft Teams is a simple yet effective way to add a personal touch to your virtual meetings, making them more engaging. In this article, I will walk you through the steps to change your video background in Microsoft Teams.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Teams

To change your video background, you need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your device. Once you have it installed, open the application and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Join or Start a Meeting

To change your video background, you need to be in a meeting. You can either join an existing meeting or start a new one. Once you are in a meeting, click on the three-dot menu at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Select “Show Background Effects”

In the menu that appears, select “Show background effects.” This will open the background settings panel on the right side of your screen.

Step 4: Choose Your Background

The background settings panel will display various background options for you to choose from. You can select one of the preloaded backgrounds or click on the “+” button to add your own custom background.

Step 5: Upload a Custom Background

If you want to add a personal touch to your video background, you can upload your own image or video. Click on the “+” button in the background settings panel and select “Add new” to upload your custom background file from your device.

Step 6: Preview and Apply

After selecting or uploading your desired background, you can preview how it looks in the meeting. Make sure to check if the background suits your preference and adjust accordingly. To apply the background, click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the background settings panel.

Now, your video background will be changed in the Microsoft Teams meeting. Your colleagues will see your new background instead of your real background.

It’s important to note that the ability to change video backgrounds in Microsoft Teams is available on certain devices and operating systems. Make sure you have the latest version of Teams and check the system requirements to ensure this feature is supported on your device.


Changing your Microsoft Teams video background can add a personal touch to your virtual meetings and make them more engaging. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily customize your video background and make a lasting impression on your colleagues. So go ahead, have fun, and get creative with your video backgrounds in Microsoft Teams!