This article explains how to blur background in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform for remote teams. It is great for video meetings, web conferring, webinars, and team meetings. By seeing the competitor Zoom getting lots of attention due to its quirky virtual background feature, Microsoft Teams brought something similar to its users.
Recently, Microsoft Teams introduces background effects that bring virtual backgrounds to the app. Along with virtual backgrounds, Teams also got an option to blur the background. Instead of replacing your background with an image, this option adds a blur to your original background. This not only hides the background but also adds a bokeh effect to the video feed which looks really nice.
How to Blur Background in Microsoft Teams?
The virtual and blur background feature is rolled worldwide last month. In order to get the feature, make sure your Microsoft Teams app updated to the latest version. You can read more about that here. The feature works with almost all PC with average specifications.
You can access the feature in a video call. During a video call, click the 3-dot button from the menubar. This opens a list of options on the screen. Select the “Show background effects“. This opens the background settings on the side of the camera feed.
The background setting basically shows you a grip of images that you can use as a virtual background. The second option in the grid is to blur the background. When you click that option, it shows you a preview of the effect. From the preview, you can verify whether the effect is working for you or not. From the preview, you can apply the blur effect and turn on the video. Doing this applies the blur background effect to your video.
With this blur background feature, you can hide away the distracting background from your video. It’s a nice addition along with virtual backgrounds. Most of the custom virtual backgrounds do not fit well with the environment and the lighting condition. The blur background feature doesn’t really add anything additional. It just adds a blur to the background that looks neat while hiding the background distractions.