How to blur the background in Microsoft Teams

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Knowing how to blur the background in Microsoft Teams can be very helpful when you want other team members to see what's going on behind you. Microsoft Teams offers two options: you can blur the background before a meeting or during a meeting. You can also customize the wallpaper by changing it with a photo taken from your device.


In this guide, we'll show you how to put the background in Microsoft Teams before and during a meeting. We will also answer some common questions on this topic.



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How to blur the background in Microsoft Teams before a meeting?

The great thing about this option is that you'll stay in focus which means they won't see you blurry along with the background. However, if someone else accidentally passes behind you, they will be blurry too.

Many Team users prefer to blur the background before joining a meeting to feel better prepared and less distracted. We will show you how to do this on different devices.


Your Chromebook

Blurring the background on a Chromebook is a relatively simple process. You can do it in a few quick and easy steps. Here's how it's done:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams on your Chromebook.
  2. Start a new meeting or join one that is already in progress.
  3. A pop-up window will appear. - You will be able to see yourself and your background.
  4. Go to the person icon under your picture and click on it.
  5. In the "Background Settings", find the "Blur" image and click on it.
  6. Click on "Sign up now".

That's all there is to it. If you change your mind, you can undo the background blur, but we'll get to that later.



Your mac

If you are a Mac user and want to blur the background before starting a meeting, please follow the steps below:


  1. Start Microsoft Teams.
  2. Start a new meeting or join one.
  3. Navigate to the person icon below the video preview.
  4. Select "Blur" in "Background Settings".
  5. Go to "Sign up now".

You also have the option to change the background by replacing it with any image you want, but more on that later.

On the desktop

If you want to blur the background in Microsoft Teams, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams on the desktop.
  2. Start a new meeting or join a call. - You will see a preview of yourself in a small window.
  3. Click on the person icon in the bottom menu. - Wallpaper settings will open on the left side of the screen.
  4. Click on the "Blur" option, which is the second image.
  5. When the background is out of focus, go to “Join Now”.

Now you can join or start a new meeting without worrying about your background.


Your Android

Using the mobile app version of Microsoft Teams is very simple. If you have an Android device, here's how you can blur the background before starting a meeting:


  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your Android.
  2. Go to “Meet” in the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the "Meet Now" button.
  4. Select "Start Meeting".
  5. Go to "Background Effects" at the top of the screen.
  6. Choose "Blur".
  7. Go to "Finish".

Your iPhone

If you want to blur the background before a meeting in Microsoft Teams on your iPhone, please follow the steps below:


  1. Launch the Microsoft Teams app on your iPhone.
  2. Find the "Meet" option at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Go to the "Meet Now" option and select "Start Meeting".
  4. Tap the three dots in the lower right corner of the screen.
  5. Select “Start video with blur”.
  6. Tap "Sign up now".

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How to blur the background in Microsoft Teams during a meeting?

Microsoft Teams also offers its users the ability to blur the background while in a meeting. This can be useful for situations where something unexpected happens and you don't want others to see your background. We'll show you how to blur the background during a meeting in Microsoft Teams on different devices.

Your Chromebook

The process of blurring the background during a Microsoft Teams meeting is even easier than doing it before the meeting starts. Here's how you can blur the background in Microsoft Teams on your Chromebook:


  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Start a new meeting or join one that has already started.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over the screen to display the toolbar.
  4. Click on the three dots in the bottom toolbar.
  5. Select "Show Background Effects".
  6. Go to "Blur" and then "Preview" to see how it looks.
  7. When done, click "Apply".

If you want to restore the background as it was, go to “Show Background Effects” and click on the “None” option.

Your mac

To blur the background in Microsoft Teams on Mac during a meeting, follow these steps:


  1. Start Microsoft Teams on your Mac.
  2. Start a new meeting or join one.
  3. Hover your cursor over the screen and go to the toolbar at the bottom.
  4. Click on the three dots on the toolbar.
  5. Go to “Show Background Effects”.
  6. Proceed to the "Blur" option.
  7. Click "Preview" to make sure everything is okay, then click "Apply".

On the desktop

To blur the background on your PC while a Microsoft Teams meeting is in progress, here's what you need to do:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. During the meeting, move your cursor across the screen until you see the toolbar at the bottom.
  3. Go to the three points in the toolbar at the top.
  4. Select "Apply Background Effects" from the list of options.
  5. In "Background Settings", find the "Blur" option and click on it.
  6. Select "Preview" to check if it works.
  7. Go to "Apply".

That's all there is to it. You can go back and restore the previous wallpaper if you wish.

Your Android

If you are an Android user, please follow the steps below to blur the background during a meeting in Microsoft Teams:

  1. Launch the app on your phone.
  2. Call someone or ask someone to call you.
  3. Tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select "Blur my background".

Your iPhone

If you have an iPhone, here's how you can blur the background during a meeting:

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your iPhone.
  2. Start a video chat or ask someone to call you.
  3. Tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select "Blur my background".

That's all! You have successfully blurred the background in a meeting.

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Additional FAQs

Can you customize wallpapers in Microsoft Teams?

In addition to the option to blur the background in Microsoft Teams, you can also customize it. Here's how to do it on a desktop:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Start a video chat.
  3. Hover the cursor on the screen and go to the toolbar.
  4. Click on the three dots on the toolbar.
  5. Go to “Show Background Effects”.
  6. Choose one of the Microsoft Teams wallpapers or upload your own.
  7. Select “Add new” if you want to upload one from your device.
  8. Go to "Preview" and then to "Apply".

If you want to customize the background in Microsoft Teams on your mobile device, please follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the app.
  2. During a video chat, go to “More options”.
  3. Tap “Background Effects.
  4. Choose a background image or upload one from your phone.
  5. Select "Done".

Why can't I blur the background in Teams?

The blur function and the option to customize the background may not be available on your device. For example, these two features are not available on Linux. Also, you cannot use these features if you are using an optimized virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Further Reading:

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