How to Use Back­ground Blur in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft answered Slack’s growing popularity with the introduction of the Microsoft Teams in 2016. And the software giant continues to add new features to meet consumer demand. Also, it has quickly adapted to a growing trend of video calling apps while many have to deal with messy backgrounds or inadequate lights during a call. In this post, we shall guide you on how to add background blur for video calls in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams recently introduced video backgrounds to let you hide or change the background during video calls.

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The Background Blur option in Microsoft Teams app detects your face and lets you blur out the background during video calls. One of the apt ways to mask your background and make it appear a bit pleasant. Well, it’s not a new feature exactly since Skype also offers similar background blur feature along with virtual backgrounds.

You can use the background blur option to mask the background to keep it out of focus. Also, you’ll find other video calling related tips for Microsoft Teams in this post. Let’s get started.

WHERE IS THE BACKGROUND BLUR OPTION IN MICROSOFT TEAMS

Microsoft Teams allows you to create multiple channels in a team and add members to them. From any channel, you can use the Meet Now option to start the group video call with the members. When you tap on the Meet Now button in a channel, you will get the option to add a subject and start the video call. From the video call screen, you will see the bunch of options on the floating menu, as shown in the screenshot below. Tap on the three-dot menu and it will open another sub-menu of advanced video functions for Microsoft Teams.

TIPS FOR MAKING VIDEO CALLING EXPERIENCE BETTER

You can always make the meetings better and more effective rather than letting them be a list of random video calls. Here are a few tips.

Add Subject to Meetings

When you create a meet with members of the channel, you should add a subject before starting the meeting. It might seem like a small detail, but that will make the video call easily searchable. Quite helpful when you want to find a specific meeting or a detail related to it at the end of a month.

I like how Microsoft Teams lets you invite the members from the other channel to the current video feed. You can also glance over the attendees from the side panel.

Take Notes

During video calls, you might want to take notes (minutes of meeting) for later reference. While on call, you can tap on the three-dot menu on the bottom bar and select show meeting notes. Type the meeting remarks in it and hit the Enter key. Microsoft offers a text customization ribbon at the top to let you choose options like Bold, Italic, Highlight, and so on.

Share Screens During Meetings

Microsoft also offers a screen sharing option, which can be incredibly useful in certain situations. When you are having a conversation with hundreds of members in a video call, you might want to share the screen with them to discuss a certain topic in detail.

USE MICROSOFT TEAMS LIKE A PRO

Background Blur during video calls in Microsoft Teams can be helpful when you are attending the digital meeting from anywhere. You don’t have to worry much about the background after blurring it from your video feed. You can also use the background change option if you don’t want other family members to pop in and disturb the meeting accidentally.