Change your background for a Teams meeting

Change your background for a Teams meeting

If you want to change what appears behind you in a video conference, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with any image you want. 


  • Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting participants.

  • Background effects are only available for scheduled meetings.

Change your background before a meeting starts 

While you're setting up your video and audio before joining a meeting, select Background effects Background settings . It's just to the right of the mic switch. Your background options will display on the right.

Choose Blur to blur your background. You'll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed. 

You can also replace your background with one of the images provided, or with one of your own choosing. To use an image of your own, choose Add new and then select one to upload from your computer. Make sure it's a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file. 

Change your background during a meeting

To alter your background after you've already joined a meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More actions  More options button  > Show background effects.

Select Blur to blur your background, or choose from the available images to replace it. To upload an image of your own, select Add new and pick a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file from your computer.

You'll be able to preview your chosen background to see how it looks before you apply it. 


  • If you don't see Show background effects as an option in the menu, the feature might not be available on your device yet.

  • For now, Linux users aren't able to use this feature.

  • Background effects won't be available to you if you're using Teams through virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

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