Change your background for a Teams meeting

If you want to change what appears behind you in your video, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with an image, we recommended using one of the Loughborough college backgrounds found below.

Change your background before a meeting starts

  1. While you’re setting up your video and audio before joining a meeting, select Background filters Background settings . It’s just below the video image.

    Your background options will display on the right.

  2. Select Blur to blur your background. You’ll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed. You can also replace your background with one of the images provided below. To use a college background image (make sure you have downloaded it), Select Add new and then select it to upload from your computer. Make sure it’s a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file.

Your new background will persist in all your meetings and calls until you change it again.

To turn off background effects, select   Option for turning off background effect .

Change your background during a meeting

  1. Go to your meeting controls and select More actions  More options button  > Apply background effects.

  2. Select Blur to blur your background, or choose from the available images to replace it. To upload an image of your own, select Add new and pick a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file from your computer.
    To turn off background effects, select   Option for turning off background effect .

  3. Select Preview to see how your chosen background looks before you apply it, and then select Apply.

Loughborough College Backgrounds

You can download the ‘official’ Loughborough College backgrounds below. Select the image so it opens, then right-click and select save image as… the college background will then download for you to use.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will blurring or replacing my background protect sensitive information in my surroundings?

Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting participants.

I can't see the option to add a background.

If you don’t see this option in the menu, the feature might not be available on your device yet.

I can't do this on remote desktop.

Background effects won’t be available to you if you’re using Teams through remote desktop.