In Teams for personal and small business use, when you are in a meeting and you want the focus to be on you, you can blur or customize your background effects. Background effects are only available on Windows, Mac, and iOS.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.

  2. Start or join your Teams meeting.

  3. In the pre-join screen, select the Background filters or Background effects  The Background effects button button.

  4. In Background settings, you can:

    • Add a new background

      Note:  Add a new background is not currently available in Teams for Windows 11.

    • Choose no background effects

    • Blur your background

    • Choose from available backgrounds

      Note:  Choose from available backgrounds is not currently available in Teams for Windows 11.

  5. After making your choice, select Join now to join the meeting.

Tip: During a Teams meeting you can also customize or remove background effects from the More options More options button menu.

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For more help, contact support or ask a question in the Microsoft Teams Community.

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