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Microsoft Teams Custom Backgrounds

Microsoft Teams adoption has grown dramatically over the last few months with more and more people working from Home. It has meant that Microsoft have released more features and this one is something people have been waiting for. For a couple of weeks Microsoft has given us the ability to change backgrounds in teams conversations. Unlike Zoom, Teams has given more backgrounds to choose from and it does not have the same restrictions for use without a green screen.

A list of background images from Microsoft Teams
Another list of images from Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has come to market with a good group of backgrounds already, going from the formal to more casual options.

However, one feature seems to be missing and that was the ability to add custom Teams backgrounds, until now.

For anyone who doesn’t know a custom background would be one where you could use your company logo or some other message to cover up what is happening behind you. Ideal for all of us working from home.

It seems at the moment that there is no way through the teams software to add the image you want to use, but you can add it to the correct folder if you know where to look. I’m assuming at some point this will change and there will be an option to add it from inside Teams. When that happens I will try and update this article. For now this is the process:

Creating your Custom Background for Microsoft Teams

First of all you need to create the custom background as a jpg or png file. I have tried with both and they appear to work.

We would recommend using jpg or png file with a minimum resolution of 1920×1280

Remember you must have rights to use the image. We would recommend businesses make use of some backgrounds that incorporate their logo and branding.

Once your image has been created save it somewhere safe and then copy it to the locations mentioned below.

Adding the Background to Microsoft Teams

Great news Microsoft has finally update Microsoft Teams so that you can import the background directly into the teams application.

Firstly, while in a call click on the menu button

Next click on Apply Background Effects and select Add New at the top of the screen.

Finally select your image to upload to the gallery and then select your image from the gallery to apply it to your call.

Enabling your background image

As yet I know of no way to force Teams to always use the same custom background for every call. Instead you can select it when you join a meeting or during a call.

Before joining a meeting you will see the following bar appear where you would select whether you want video and audio enabled before joining. Select the middle option:

Then you should find your custom background at the end of the list of backgrounds. Select the image and press Join Now.

If you are already in a meeting and want to add the background then click on the menu and select Show background effects

Not working?

If you can’t see the options for background effects then make sure your Teams is up to date by clicking on the menu button in the top right of Teams, this will either be your profile picture or your initials. Then choose Check for Updates.

Find Out More

To find out more about Microsoft Teams you can visit the video training portal Microsoft has created to help train you and your team.

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