How to customise your background with your own image in Microsoft Teams?

How to customise 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 gives you a personalised environment and makes video calls more enjoyable for all participants.

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

Upload your own background in Microsoft Teams?

You can upload your own background before entering a online meeting. This allows you to be prepared and to 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 testing backgrounds with preview-mode?

Microsoft recently released a feature that allows you to test backgrounds before making them active. Not sure if your background fits the environment? Test it first using the Microsoft Teams preview mode.

How do I activate a background in Microsoft Teams?

Select meeting settings -> choose the desired background in the right-hand sidebar.

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How to blur a background in Microsoft Teams

You can also select the blur mode from the backgrounds at the top right. This mode is sometimes more pleasant for participants than a busy image.

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Upload wallpapers via the explorer in Windows 10 or 11

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

Upload an image to the Uploads folder. It is also possible to add several pictures.

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 Teams%APPDATA%.

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Upload Microsoft Teams backgrounds on your Mac

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

Copy your own background into the Uploads folder.

If you do not (yet) have this folder. Update your Microsoft Teams client and restart 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 on the three dots at the bottom, select Show background effects and choose the desired image.

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Mirror your background in Microsoft Teams?

The new mirrored video feature allows users 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 ?

See also backgrounds to the following topics

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

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Jasper

Jasper

Welcome to 365tips.be. On this website you can read articles and experiences about Office 365 with focus on Microsoft Teams. Feel free to ask me a question and I will answer it in a blog post. Help others by giving feedback at the bottom of the articles. This blog is made in Dutch. The multilingual website is offered with best-effort machine translation.
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Berend cornel
Berend cornel
1 year ago

Is it true that this function is not yet available to everyone? I can upload a photo to the right folder but I cannot select it in a meeting.

M365-Geek
M365-Geek
1 month ago
Reply 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
1 year ago

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

Gerard Koopman
Gerard Koopman
1 year ago

Get my own background in mirror image in Microsoft Teams

Michiel Vanhauwaert
Michiel Vanhauwaert
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerard Koopman

You will see this in your own frame in mirror image, but this will be mirrored again by the users. So no problem, you don't have to mirror your own background again beforehand.

SH
SH
1 year ago

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

Michiel Vanhauwaert
Michiel Vanhauwaert
1 year ago
Reply to  SH

Then try the string below, without the folder Uploads? It is possible that this folder has not yet been created, which is why Windows cannot find it.
%APPDATA%MicrosoftTeams\Backgrounds

SH
SH
1 year ago

I did it, I created the Backgrounds and Uploads folders myself... now it works fine, thank you.

Ingrid Schut
Ingrid Schut
1 year ago

Can I also set the background as default?

Patrick Bauwens
Patrick Bauwens
1 year ago

Question, can you also use live backgrounds?

Wout de Vogel
Wout de Vogel
1 year ago

Thank you for the above explanation. Works very well. Question: How can I remove a background I have uploaded?

De Strijcker Sigurd
De Strijcker Sigurd
1 year ago

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

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I cannot set the backgrounds. I see them in the Uploads folder but when I select them there teams gives an error message.

Mathilde
1 year ago

I cannot add any more backgrounds now. Can I delete old ones? And how?

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 year ago

Question: Can you only insert photos or can they also be photos with animations in them?

Rien van Brugge
Rien van Brugge
9 months ago

Dearest, I think the biggest problem with the (own) backgrounds is the way in which you yourself appear in the picture. And especially when you move. Often, the real background appears in spots. Is there a trick to reduce this? Maybe the size of the chosen file or the quality of the internet connection or light?

AKH
AKH
16 days ago

Hello,
I already see the folder with its own background (...AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTeamsBackgroundsUploads) and also the folder one level higher with the system-specific background (...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, does anyone know where the new background can be found? That would be super. Vielen Dank im Voraus für die Hilfe.
Thanks, AKH

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