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🖼️ How to customize your background with your own image in Microsoft Teams?

Setting your own background in Microsoft Teams can brighten up your home office. Adding a fun background creates a personalized environment and makes video calls more enjoyable for all participants.

Inspiration backgrounds: STAR WARS, IKEA, LEGO, CHRIST and SUMMER.

How to upload your own background in Microsoft Teams?

You can upload your own background before you enter a online meeting. This allows you to always be prepared and select the right background for the type of meeting.

First press start meeting, then choose the Microsoft Teams background by pressing: add image at the top right. (As indicated in red in the picture below) Choose the desired background or add a picture.

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Microsoft Teams background testing in preview-mode?

Microsoft recently released a feature do allow you to test backgrounds before making them active. Not sure if your background fits the environment? Then test it first through the Microsoft Teams preview mode.

How to activate a background you previously uploaded in Microsoft Teams?

To activate a background you previously uploaded in Microsoft Teams. Go to:

At the top, select meeting settings -> choose the desired background in the right sidebar.

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How to blur a background via blur in Microsoft Teams

In the backgrounds at the top right, you can also select the blur mode. This mode is sometimes more pleasant for participants instead of a busy image.

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Upload backgrounds via the explorer in Windows 10 or 11

Navigate to C: -> Your User -> Appdata -> Roaming -> Microsoft -> Teams -> Backgrounds

Upload an image in the Uploads folder. It is also possible to add multiple images.

The recommended resolution is: 1,920 x 1,080.

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Via Run in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Press WINDOWS + R

Copy this string into the execute window and hit enter %APPDATA%Teams ) .

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On your Mac, upload Microsoft Teams backgrounds

Navigate to: Application Support -> Microsoft -> Teams -> Backgrounds -> Uploads

Copy your own background to the Uploads folder.

If you don't have this folder (yet). Update your Microsoft Teams client and reboot your computer.

How to set a Teams background on macOS

On your iMac, Macbook Air or other Apple OSX devices, you can also set your background. You do this by pressing the three dots at the bottom, select show background effects and choose the desired image.

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Mirroring your background in Microsoft Teams?

The new feature mirror my video (mirror image) allows the user to undo the mirroring of their video and therefore have the same view as the other user(s) in the meeting.

Learn more: How to mirror your screen in Microsoft Teams

How can you mirror your screen in Microsoft Teams ?

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WARNER BROS | LEGO | Star Wars | IKEA | Christmas | Friends | 2021 | Windows 10 | Winter

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Berend cornel
Berend cornel
2 years ago

Is it true that this feature is not yet available to everyone. I can upload a photo to the appropriate folder but cannot select it at a meeting.

M365-Geek
M365-Geek
11 months ago
Response to  Jasper

Not really... Teams changed and to be able to select the background you need a thumbnail of the image as well. If you upload via the UI, you get the thumbnail and everything is fine. If you load it directly you can't select the image because there is no thumbnail.

Michiel Vanhauwaert
Michiel Vanhauwaert
2 years ago

You can also paste the abbreviated string (%APPDATA%MicrosoftTeams 、Uploads) directly into Windows Explorer in the taskbar. That's easier than opening Run first.

Gerard Koopman
Gerard Koopman
2 years ago

Get my own background in mirror image in Microsoft Teams

Michiel Vanhauwaert
Michiel Vanhauwaert
2 years ago
Response to  Gerard Koopman

You see this with your own frame in mirror image, but this is mirrored again with the users. So no problem, you should not mirror your own background again beforehand.

SH
SH
2 years ago

When I type in %APPDATA%MicrosoftTeams uploads into either direct explorer or execute I get the message no results found....

Michiel Vanhauwaert
Michiel Vanhauwaert
2 years ago
Response to  SH

Then try the string below, without the uploads folder? Possibly that folder has not yet been created, which is why Windows is not finding them.
%APPDATA%MicrosoftTeams 、Backgrounds

SH
SH
2 years ago

Succeeded, created the Backgrounds and Uploads folders myself... now it works fine, thanks

Ingrid Schut
Ingrid Schut
2 years ago

Can I also set the background as default right away?

Patrick Bauwens
Patrick Bauwens
2 years ago

Question, can you also use live backgrounds ?

Wout de Vogel
Wout de Vogel
2 years ago

Thanks for the above explanation. Works very nicely. Question: how can I delete a background I have uploaded?

De Strijcker Sigurd
De Strijcker Sigurd
2 years ago

I added a background but cannot remove it from the list? Does this file stay in teams forever?

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Can't set the backgrounds. Do see them in the Uploads folder but when I select them there teams gives an error message.

Mathilde
2 years ago

I can't add additional backgrounds now. Can I delete old ones (tryouts)? And if so, how?

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 year ago

Question: can you only insert pictures or can they be pictures with animations in them?

Rien van Brugge
Rien van Brugge
1 year ago

Dear, biggest problem with the (own) backgrounds I find is the way you yourself are in the picture. And especially when you move. Often then the real background comes out in spots. Is there a trick to reduce this? Maybe size of the chosen file or quality of internet connection or lighting?

AKH
AKH
10 months ago

Hello,
Ich sehe bereits den Ordner mit eigenem Hintergrund (...AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTeamsBackgroundsUploads) und auch den Ordner eine Ebene höher mit dem systemspezifischen Hintergrund (...AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTeamsBackgrounds). Nun gibt es aber die vier neuen "saisonalen" Hintergründe (Ice Hotel, Floral Card, Confetti, Blanket Fort, vgl. Abbildungen ganz oben mit "Confetti"). Weiß jemand, wo die abgelegt sind? Ich kann sie im Backgrounds-Ordner nicht finden. [Dafür habe ich in diesem Ordner eine Datei, die mir in Teams nicht zur Auswahl angeboten wird (heißt aplBackground_003.jpg und besteht aus so mehreren hintereinander stehenden beleuchteten Vierecken o.s.ä.). Also, weiß jemand, wo die neuen Hintergründe zu finden sind? Das wäre super. Vielen Dank im Voraus für die Hilfe.
Gruß, AKH

AKH
AKH
10 months ago
Response to  Jasper

Hello,
ich hatte es bei der Microsoft Community versucht und habe tatsächlich eine Antwort bekommen, die ich nun gerne mit allen teile:

(...)
Zuerst bitte melde dich von Microsoft Teams ab und mach sicher im Task Manager, dass das Programm beendet ist.
Dann gehe zu %USERPROFILE%_SAppData_RoamingMicrosoftTeams )Backgrounds und suche nach den heruntergeladenen Backgrounds.
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
(...)
Microsoft 365 Support Engineer

Beim ersten Versuch war dann nur "Confetti" in dem Ordner aufgetaucht. Daraufhin habe ich mich noch einmal bei Teams angemeldet, alle vier neuen Hintergründe angeklickt/ausprobiert, mich wieder abgemeldet und dann waren alle vier bisher vermissten png-Dateien in dem Ordner. (Vielleicht hatte ich vorher wirklich nur Confetti ausgewählt und deswegen fehlten die anderen drei zunächst?) Offenbar werden sie erst heruntergeladen, wenn sie das erste Mal tatsächlich benutzt werden.

Es würde mich freuen, wenn ich damit auch anderen weiterhelfen kann.

Freundliche Grüße
AKH

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

It is September 2022, and there is still no "+ Add New" button in the free version of Teams on Windows 11. The Appdata folder to add your own background also does NOT exist in Windows 11.

This is what happens when a piece of software is "free." No customer feedback finds its way back to the development team.

Is the only way to add your own background to the free Teams app to downgrade back to Windows 10? That would take a day with a fresh operating system install, setting up Outlook and everything else from scratch manually... Yep, that's what happens when you have a monopoly....

Astrid
Astrid
1 month ago

Bonjour,
je n'ai pas de souci à mettre un arrière plan (l'un de ceux déjà présents dans Teams) lorsque j'organise une réunion. En revanche, dès lors que je réponds à une invitation, je n'ai que la possibilité de flouter mon arrière-plan... Merci de votre aide !

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