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Adding Custom Backgrounds in Microsoft Teams

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InstructionsMicrosoft Teams

Update - With the new update to Microsoft Teams, you can now do this by going to Virtual Backgrounds and clicking the 'Add' button.

You will need to have the latest version of Microsoft Teams on your Windows PC or Mac. You must have also attended at least one video meeting for the folders to be generated.

Your image will need to be in a .jpg or .png format for this to work. For an optimal background, I would also recommend using a resolution of around 1920x1080 or 1920x1280. If you haven't already got a photo, you can find many for free on websites such as Pixabay and Unsplash.

For this blog post, I will be using this one of New York by JerOme82 (Pixabay).

An image background of New York

Copying the Image

To add the custom image, we will need to copy it to the Microsoft Teams background folder.


  1. Press WINDOWS and R at the same time to get the Run dialog box

  2. Type %appdata%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads and click Ok

    A screenshot of the run dialog box

  3. Copy your image into the folder

    A screenshot of Windows Explorer


  1. Open Finder and press SHIFT, COMMAND and G to open the Go to the folder dialog box (or click Go in the top menu and then Go to Folder...)

  2. Type ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds and click Go

    A screenshot of the Go to the Folder dialog box

  3. Copy your image into the folder

    A screenshot of Finder

Applying the Background

Go back to Microsoft Teams and when you are in a meeting go to the Background Effects menu. You should be able to see your new image in the list - just click it and press Apply!

If you don't see the Background Effects or Options menu, it might be that your organisation or version of Teams doesn't support it.