How to set a background in a Microsoft Teams Video conference

Overview

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

Notes:

  • Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting participants.
  • Background effects won't be availalbe to you if you're using Teams through virtual desktop infrastructue (VDI).
  • If you don't see Show background effects as an option in th emenu, the feature might not be available on your device yet.

 

How do I use this technology?

 

Change your background before a meeting starts 

  1. While you're setting up your video, and audio preferences as you're joining a meeting, click the Background effects button. It's just to the right of the Turn camera on switch.

    Microsoft Teams Join Meeting Background Effects button highlighted
    • If the Background effects switch is disabled, you'll need to turn on your video camera first, by clicking the Turn camera on switch to the left.
  2. The available background options will display on the right.

    Microsoft Teams Join Meeting Background Settings highlighted
     
    • Choose Blur to blur your background. You'll aappear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed.
    • Alternativy, you can also replace your background by selecting on of the images provided.
  3. After selecting your Background effectclick Join Now.

    Microsoft Teams Meeting Join Now button highlighted

 

Change your background during a meeting

To alter your background after you've already joined a meeting, do the following:

  1. Go to your meeting controls.

    Microsoft Teams Meeting Controls highlighted
     
  2. Click More actions (...)

    Microsoft Teams Meeting More Actions button highlighted

     
  3. Click Show background effects.

    Microsoft Teams Video Conferencing Show Background Effects button highlighted
     
  4. The available background options will display on the right.

    Microsoft Teams Background settings
    • Choose Blur to blur your background. You'll aappear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed.
    • Alternativy, you can also replace your background by selecting on of the images provided.
  5. Click Apply.
    • If your video camera is currently turned off the button will say Apply and turn on video.

    Microsoft Team Meeting Apply and turn on video button highlighted

 

Is there any additional information I should know about?

For additional assistance contact the IT Services Technical Support Center via phone at (907) 786-4646, toll-free at (877) 633-3888, email us at uaa.techsupport@alaska.edu, or visit the Services section to open a support ticket.

Details

Article ID: 141
Created
Tue 5/19/20 11:54 AM
Modified
Tue 5/19/20 1:27 PM