Meetings in Teams include audio, video, and screen sharing. They’re one of the key ways to collaborate in Teams. And you don’t need to be a member of an organization (or even have a Teams account!) to join a Teams meeting—just look in the invitation for instructions about calling in.

Finding and Joining a Meeting

Your lecturer will likely run meetings on Microsoft Teams in order to run an online lesson.  You can join Teams meetings anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Teams meetings are best when you join them from the Teams app or Teams on the web, and there’s a bunch of ways to do that—read on for details about joining by link, from your calendar, and more. If you can’t use the app or the web, some meetings let you call in using a phone number.

You can find out more about how to join a meeting on the Microsoft website.

Meeting Options

Before a meeting

To turn on your video before a meeting, just select Turn camera on  Video call button  right before you join.
Switch to turn camera on

During a meeting

You might want to turn your video on and off over the course of a meeting—if you’d prefer people only see you while you’re talking, for example. Go to the meeting controls anytime during the meeting and tap Turn camera on Video call button .

Button to turn camera on in meeting controls

Change your video background

If you want to change what appears behind you in your video, you can either blur your background, or replace it entirely with any image you want.

When you’re setting up your audio and video before a meeting, choose Background effects Background settings (right next to the mic switch). You’ll see your background options on the right.

Note:  If you don’t see the option to turn on background effects, the feature might not be available on your device yet.

For more details about customizing your background, see Change your background for a Teams meeting.

Meeting Etiquette

Please look at these tips to make your meeting experience efficient and a little more pleasant for you, your lecturer, and other learners.

  • Do be courteous to other participants.
  • Do speak clearly.
  • Don’t shout.
  • Do put your mobile (and other devices) on silent.
  • Do keep body movements minimal.
  • Don’t interrupt or speak over other speakers.
  • Do maintain eye contact by looking into the camera.
  • Don’t carry on side conversations (on mobile or email).
  • Do dress appropriately.
  • Do mute yourself when you are not speaking to eliminate any potential noise in your background (e.g. just moving around paper on your desk can be very loud and distracting to other participants).
  • Do turn off your video and only use audio if you have poor broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)