How to Add a Custom Background in Microsoft Teams

How to Add a Custom Background in Microsoft Teams

November 01, 2020

How to Add a Custom Background in Microsoft Teams

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

Remote work and distance learning is now part of everyday life, and enterprise video services like Microsoft Teams and Zoom are becoming more prevalent than ever. 

When you use Microsoft Teams, you have the option to add a virtual background to your video call. Custom backgrounds are an option for if you have kids or pets, or simply don’t want people to see the inside of your home. For your most important business meetings, you can even create a custom background that links to your digital business card.

Custom virtual background for Microsoft teams with puppies and a QR code
Example of a custom background in Microsoft Teams

Once you download the Microsoft Teams web app, adding a virtual background to your video call is fairly straightforward. After opening the web app, start a video call and follow these steps:


1. Click the three dot menu and then select “Show background effects”

Show background effects in three dot menu in Microsoft Teams
Click "Show background effects"


2. Select “Add new”

Add a new background in Microsoft Teams settings
Click "Add new"


3. Upload your own virtual background

Upload a custom virtual background with puppies and digital business card QR codeto Microsoft Teams
Upload a virtual background


4. Scroll down, select your virtual background, and click "Apply"

Choose a custom virtual background for Microsoft Teams and apply it to your video call
Click "Apply"


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.

If you want to create your own 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 your computer 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.