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Custom Backgrounds for Teams Video Calls

General Information

searching Teams allows you to change your background (including adding a blurred effect) when on a video call, with a selection of in-built options. You are also able to customise your background with an image of your choice.
On this page we will show you how to change your video background to an option of your choice – as well as providing some Health and Care themed backgrounds that we have created.
These features are only available via the Teams desktop application. There is not currently an option to change your background settings from mobile devices or via a web browser.
Note that Microsoft Teams is an ever-evolving tool and you might experience small incremental changes to the meeting experience.

Health & Care Themed Video Backgrounds


Click on each of the images to download them and set your own custom Teams background. This selection of backgrounds will be updated regularly!

Changing your Video Background

1. JOIN YOUR CALL

 

During the process of joining a call, toggle your video camera icon to on and click Background filters

 

 

Alternatively, if you have already joined a call, click on the three dots, and select Apply background effects

 

 

2. BROWSE THE TEAMS BACKGROUND EFFECTS

A panel with the available Background Effects options will appear on the right side of the screen.

Select Add new

A new window will open. Select your custom image from where it is saved on your computer (e.g. Downloads or Pictures) and click open.

 

 

3. TESTING OUT YOUR NEW BACKGROUND

Once you’ve selected your image of choice, click preview at the bottom of the screen to try it out. Nobody else in the call will be able to see your new background effect.

Don’t worry if the image looks back-to-front to you – This is normal!

If you’re happy with how it looks – press Apply and turn on video!

 

 

4. ENJOY YOUR CUSTOM BACKGROUND!

 

Now, any time you pop up on your colleagues’ screens during this call, you’ll have the background you have chosen to use behind you.

FAQs

Why is my background flipped, how do I fix this ?

Custom background images appear flipped to the person using them (e.g. text is the wrong way around) but it will appear correct for the other participants of the call.

Custom Backgrounds

 

 

 

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Updated on 22/11/2021

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