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Use emotes, gestures, and more with your avatar in Microsoft Teams

Animate your avatar with emotes to convey your feelings and emotions in Teams meetings. With avatars, you can establish better emotional connections with meeting participants without turning on your camera. 

Avatar reactions and gestures

Select your contextual emotes from a set of familiar emojis, and see your avatar animate with the same emotes and gestures. When you use the React option on the Teams meeting menu, your avatar will bring the normal 2D emojis to life. Laughing, clapping, and smiling aren't just flat images anymore: they're what your avatar does

Avatars can react directly from the Teams meeting menu

More avatar reactions can be found by selecting More ... > Video effects and settings > Avatars in the Teams meeting menu. Select Show All to see all available reactions you can use for your avatar. 

The avatars menu bar can be found under More ...

Quickly find your desired reaction to display in the moment by selecting All reactions and pinning your frequently used avatar reactions to the top. Select  in the upper-right corner of a reaction and select Pin. You can similarly use the All reactions list to unpin reactions.

UI of reactions and unpinning in Avatar app

Tip: You can only pin up to 5 emotes at a time for quick access to your favorite reactions. If the top reactions list is full, unpin some current emotes before pinning any new reactions to the top of the All reactions list.

Avatar moods, backgrounds, and camera options 

Also under More ... > Video effects and settings > Avatars in the Teams meeting menu, you will be able to set your avatar's background, mood, and camera angles. You can Preview your selections before clicking Apply avatars to show the final result in your Teams meeting.

Other settings under Avatars: Backgrounds, Moods, Camera


Choose a background for your avatar under Avatar backgrounds.


Adjust your avatar’s facial expression by using the Avatar mood slider bar.


Under the Avatar camera option, choose a camera angle for your avatar.  You can also zoom the avatar in (+) and out (-).

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