How to Blur Background in Microsoft Teams?

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2024 by

With the rise of remote work and virtual meetings, Microsoft Teams has become an essential tool for businesses and organizations. However, not everyone has a professional or clutter-free background to show during video calls. That’s where the “blur background” feature comes in handy. In this article, we will discuss how to blur your background in Microsoft Teams and some funny background options you can use.

How to Blur Background in Microsoft Teams?

To blur your background in Microsoft Teams, follow these simple steps:

  1. Join a meeting or start a video call in Microsoft Teams.
  2. Once the call has started, click on the three dots in the bottom toolbar.
  3. Select “Blur my background” from the menu.
  4. Your background will now be blurred, and only your face will be in focus.

Note: This feature is only available during video calls and not for screen sharing.

Funny Microsoft Teams Backgrounds

If you want to add a touch of humor to your virtual meetings, you can use funny backgrounds in Microsoft Teams. Here are some ideas for funny backgrounds you can use:

  • A tropical beach background to make it seem like you’re on vacation.
  • A superhero background to show off your inner superhero.
  • A famous movie or TV show scene to add some pop culture references.
  • A funny meme or joke background to lighten the mood.

To add a custom background, follow these steps:

  1. Download the image you want to use as your background.
  2. Join a meeting or start a video call in Microsoft Teams.
  3. Once the call has started, click on the three dots in the bottom toolbar.
  4. Select “Show background effects” from the menu.
  5. Click on the “+” button to add your custom background.
  6. Select the image from your computer and click “Open.”
  7. Your background will now be changed to the selected image.

Clear Microsoft Teams Cache

If you’re experiencing issues with your Microsoft Teams background, such as it not showing up or appearing blurry, you may need to clear your Teams cache. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Close Microsoft Teams completely.
  2. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  3. Type “%appdata%\Microsoft\Teams” and press Enter.
  4. Delete all the files and folders in the Teams folder.
  5. Press the Windows key + R again and type “%appdata%\Microsoft\Teams\cache” and press Enter.
  6. Delete all the files and folders in the cache folder.
  7. Restart Microsoft Teams and try using the blur background feature again.

Conclusion

Now you know how to blur your background in Microsoft Teams and some fun background options you can use. Remember to clear your Teams cache if you experience any issues with the background feature. Have you tried any funny backgrounds in your virtual meetings? Let us know in the comments.

Gulrukh Ch

About the Author: Gulrukh Ch

Gulrukh Chaudhary, an accomplished digital marketer and technology writer with a passion for exploring the frontiers of innovation. Armed with a Master's degree in Information Technology, Gulrukh seamlessly blends her technical prowess with her creative flair, resulting in captivating insights into the world of emerging technologies. Discover more about her on her LinkedIn profile.