How to Add a Custom Background in Microsoft Teams

Learn how to add or change a custom virtual background image for a Microsoft Teams video call.

With the increase in remote work, enterprise video conferencing services like Microsoft Teams and Zoom are more prevalent than ever. If you use Microsoft Teams, you have the option to add a virtual background to your video call.

What is a virtual background?

A virtual background is an image that you upload to Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or Google Meet and serves as a backdrop on your video call. Most video conferencing platforms have a library of images for you to choose from or allow you to upload your own image. For your most important business meetings, you can even create a custom background that links to your digital business card.

Custom virtual background on Microsoft Teams
Example of a custom virtual background on Microsoft Teams.

Why should I use a virtual background in Microsoft Teams?

Custom virtual backgrounds are a great way to eliminate any background distractions during a video call. If you have kids or pets—or simply don’t want people to see the inside of your home—consider adding a virtual background to your next Microsoft Teams call. (Remember this viral clip? A custom background would have solved everything!)

How do I add a custom virtual background in Microsoft Teams?

Once you download the Microsoft Teams web app, adding a virtual background to your video call is fairly straightforward.

Please note that sometimes Microsoft Teams has a mirroring effect—while your background may appear backwards to you, it will display correctly to everyone else on the call. If your entire background image isn’t showing or gets cropped, you may need to adjust the size of your window.

After opening the web app, start a video call and follow these steps:

1. Before joining a meeting, click Background filters beneath the video window.

Click Background filters in Microsoft Teams to add a custom virtual background.

2. Under Background settings, click Add new.

Add a new custom background to Microsoft Teams

3. Upload your custom virtual background.

Upload your custom virtual background.

After completing the above steps, your background will automatically update. Click Join now to begin your meeting with your virtual background!

If you want to create a personalized background to use on Microsoft Teams includes your logo, name, title, company and a link to your digital business card—you can do so with  HiHello. Once downloaded, you can add your virtual background to Microsoft Teams by following the same steps shown above.

HiHello backgrounds also work on Zoom. If you prefer Zoom, read our blog post on how to add a virtual background to Zoom.

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This article includes modifications and was originally published on August 21, 2020.