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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 select React  Teams emoji icon for chat in the Teams meeting controls, 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 actions  Microsoft Teams more options icon> Video effects and settings  Pre-meeting Effects and avatars icon > Avatars > Avatar reactions in the Teams meeting menu. Select Show All Microsoft Teams more options icon 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 under All reactionsPin your frequently used avatar reactions to the top by hovering over a reaction and selecting Pin  Teams Pin Chat icon. 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 five 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 

Set your avatar's background, mood, and camera angles. In your Teams meeting controls, select More actions  Microsoft Teams more options icon> Video effects and settings  Pre-meeting Effects and avatars icon > Avatars. Select Preview to see your selections before applying them in your meeting. Select Apply avatars when you're ready to show others the final result.

Other settings under Avatars: Backgrounds, Moods, Camera


Choose a background for your avatar under Avatar backgrounds. Turn on 


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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