How To Microsoft Teams Custom Background

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I have come across a highly impressive function in Microsoft Teams that enables you to personalize your background in video conferences. It is an excellent way to incorporate your personal style and enhance the enjoyment and interaction in virtual meetings. This article will walk you through the process of configuring a custom background in Microsoft Teams and feature some of my preferred backgrounds that I have been utilizing.

Step 1: Update Microsoft Teams

Before you can start using custom backgrounds, make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Teams installed on your computer. To check for updates, simply open Teams and click on your profile picture in the top right corner. From the dropdown menu, select “Check for updates” and follow the prompts to install any available updates.

Step 2: Choose or create your custom background

Now comes the fun part – choosing or creating your custom background. Microsoft Teams allows you to use an image or a video as your background. You can use your own photos or choose from the preloaded images provided by Teams. If you want to get creative, you can even design your own background using graphic design software. Just make sure the image or video is appropriate for professional settings.

Step 3: Set up your custom background

Once you have your custom background ready, it’s time to set it up in Microsoft Teams. Here’s how:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams and join a meeting or start a new one.
  2. Once in the meeting, click on the three dots (…) menu in the meeting controls at the bottom of the screen.
  3. From the menu that appears, select “Show background effects”.
  4. A sidebar will appear on the right side of the screen, showing you the available background options.
  5. Click on the “+” button at the top of the sidebar to add your custom background.
  6. Select the image or video you want to use as your background and click on “Apply”.

That’s it! Your custom background is now set up in Microsoft Teams. You can preview how it looks before joining the meeting by selecting the background and clicking on “Preview” in the sidebar. If you’re happy with the result, join the meeting and enjoy your personalized background.

My Personal Favorite Backgrounds

I’ve been experimenting with different backgrounds in Microsoft Teams, and here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • A serene beach scene with gentle waves and palm trees swaying in the breeze.
  • An outer space image with planets and stars for a futuristic vibe.
  • A cozy home office setup with a bookshelf and a cup of coffee.
  • A vibrant cityscape with skyscrapers and colorful lights.

Feel free to try them out or explore other options to find a custom background that suits your style and preferences.


Customizing your background in Microsoft Teams is a simple yet powerful way to add a personal touch to your virtual meetings. Whether you choose a professional-looking image or something more fun and creative, custom backgrounds can help create a more engaging and visually appealing meeting environment. Get creative, have fun with it, and make your video meetings stand out!