How to use a background on Microsoft Teams

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How to use GIF as a virtual background

Zoom and Microsoft Teams do not support GIF as your custom background duringmeetings and video calls but they do support video files in MP4 format. Youcan easily convert your selected GIF Zoom background to video using our simpleguide at the link below.► How to use GIF for Zoom backgroundWe have included a few GIFs from ‘The Office’ above that you can tryconverting to video using this method. Zoom and Microsoft Teams automaticallyloop your video so you do not have to worry about your GIFs length at all.Tip: In order to make the transition between your looping video a lotsmoother, we advise you to attach a reversed clip of the same video at the endof your timeline before exporting it. This will make the first and last frameof your video identical to each other which will virtually hide the transitionpoint for the loop in your background which in turn will ensure that yourcolleagues and meeting participants are not distracted by your background.

How to use a background on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams does not natively allow you to add custom images as yourbackground for virtual meetings and video calls. While the company hadpromised to add this feature in the initial rollout, it seems they need totweak the system a bit more before this functionality is available to themasses.Thankfully, there is a quick workaround that you can use to add your owncustom backgrounds to Microsoft Teams. Follow our quick guide at the link fora guide on this.► How to add your own virtual backgrounds on Microsoft TeamsNote: This workaround, currently only works with the desktop client forMicrosoft Teams, so make sure you already have it installed on your system. Ifyou do not, then follow this link to download it and get started.Camera isn’t working with Microsoft Teams? Here’s the fix.© Provided by Windows CentralIs the Microsoft Teams app refusing to detect the camera for videoconferencing? In this guide, you’ll learn a bunch of ways to fix this problemon Windows 10.If you use Microsoft Teams on Windows 10, and the camera isn’t working, don’tpanic, you have several ways to resolve this issue. Although the app is agreat platform to communicate with chat and video, collaborate, and sharefiles in real-time, it’s not a perfect system, and sometimes, you may comeacross problems that can negatively affect the user experience.For instance, a lot of times, users may suddenly find out that Microsoft Teamscan’t detect the camera, or the camera would work, but won’t be available foradd-ons, making it impossible to join a video conference. If you’re not ableto use the built-in or USB camera with Teams, on Windows 10, you can trydifferent troubleshooting steps to fix the problem.In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through several sets of instructionsto troubleshoot and fix camera problems with Microsoft Teams. * How to fix Teams camera by configuring settings * How to fix Teams camera by disabling extra devices * How to fix Teams camera by enabling privacy settings * How to fix Teams camera by allowing apps access to media * How to fix Teams cemera by updating app * How to fix Teams camera by reinstalling app * How to fix Teams camera by updating driver * How to fix Teams camera by using web version

How to fix Teams camera by disabling extra devices

If the app isn’t able to detect the external camera, before diving into themore advanced troubleshooting steps, try disconnecting and reconnecting theperipheral.If you have a device with multiple webcams (for example, Surface Book 2 wihchfeatures a front and rear camera, and you even connect a third external webcamwith a USB cable), try disconnecting the USB camera to see if Microsoft Teamscan use the built-in camera. If it works, perhaps using the built-in videodevice is a solution.If you must use a USB camera because of its features or better quality, youcould disable the built-in devices with Device Manager. However, consider thatwhile the peripherals are disabled, you won’t be able to use them.To disable additional cameras on Windows 10, use these steps: 1. Open Start. 2. Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app. 3. Expand the Imaging devices, Cameras, or Sound, video, and game controllers branch. 4. Right-click the webcam and select the Disable device option.© Provided by Windows CentralAfter you complete the steps, you can test the app to see if the camera youwant to use is working.At any time, you can revert the changes by using the same instructions, but onstep No. 4, make sure to select the Enable device option.If this is a hardware issue and you’re looking for a replacement, we recommendthe Logitech BRIO webcam because it’s capable of 4K video and comes withWindows Hello support on Windows 10.

How to fix Teams camera by enabling privacy settings

On Windows 10, one of the main reasons the Teams app isn’t able to detect thecamera is because it doesn’t have permission to access it.

Allow camera through antivirus

Third-party security solutions, such as antivirus, can also block apps accessto the camera.For example, if you use Kaspersky, you may need to use these steps to allowTeams access to the camera: 1. Open Kaspersky. 2. Click on Privacy Protection.© Provided by Windows Central 3. Turn off the Webcam Protection toggle switch.© Provided by Windows CentralAfter you complete the steps, you should now be able to use the camera andbuilt-in microphone with Microsoft Teams.If you have a different security solution, you may need to check the vendorsupport website for specific details on how to allow apps access to thecamera.

How to fix Teams camera by allowing apps access to media

If the problem is one of the Microsoft Teams add-ons that can’t access thecamera, it’s likely because it doesn’t have the appropriate permissions.To allow apps in tabs to access your device, use these steps: 1. Open Microsoft Teams. 2. Click the Profile menu from the top-right. 3. Click the Settings option.© Provided by Windows Central 4. Click on Permissions. 5. Turn on the Media toggle switch.© Provided by Windows CentralOnce you complete the steps, the Microsoft Teams add-on should now have accessto the device camera.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions aboutWindows 10, visit the following resources:How to Use Virtual Backgrounds in Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft Teams has been able to blur your background during video calls fornearly 2 years, but now you can choose a virtual background or upload your owncustom backdrop. Here’s how to do it.

Use a Built-In Background in Microsoft Teams

To change your background to one of the built-in images, click the three-dotmenu icon while on a Microsoft Teams video call and choose “Show BackgroundEffects” to open the “Background Settings” panel.Click on an image and then select the “Apply” button.That’s all there is to it. The next time someone calls you in Teams, they willnow see that image as your virtual background.

Use a Custom Background in Microsoft Teams

Following this post being published, Microsoft added an official and user-friendly option for adding custom backgrounds in Teams. Instead of jumpingthrough several hoops laid out in the following section, there is now an “AddNew” button found at the top of the “Background Settings” page that allows youto upload your own image.RELATED: Microsoft Teams Lets You Upload Custom Background Photos for VideoCalls

What You Need to Use Microsoft Teams Background Effects

Being able to use custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams isn’t available toeveryone. Because Teams is usually administered by company IT departments, noteveryone who uses Teams will be able to use Background Effects.Essentially, while Microsoft Teams support the feature generally, it has to berolled out within your company and made available for you to take advantage ofit. In some cases, you may need to update Teams for the feature to show up. Inother cases, the feature may just appear one day after your IT departmentreleases it.If you’re using Microsoft Teams and don’t see the custom backgrounds featureduring video calls, check with your company’s IT department to see if thefeature is available or when it’s coming.

How to Check If You Can Use Custom Backgrounds in Microsoft Teams

Want to check if Background Effects are available to you? When you’re on avideo call, click the three dot icon in the toolbar at the bottom of thescreen. If you have the Show background effects menu item, the feature isavailable to you.Even if you don’t have Background Effects in Teams, you should still be ableto blur your background. That’s not very creative, but at least it’seffective. Just click the three dot icon, then select Blur Video Background.

How to Add a Custom Background to Microsoft Teams

Ready to use a custom background during your Microsoft Teams meetings? Justfollow these steps: 1. Join the meeting as you normally would and click the camera icon in the bottom toolbar to turn on your webcam. 2. Click the three horizontal dots icon in the bottom toolbar. 3. In the pop-up menu, click Show background effects. 4. A panel with the Background Effects options appear on the right side of the screen. Scroll through these backgrounds to find the one you want to use. The first option is no background and the second is a basic background blur. 5. Click the custom background you want to use. To see what you’ll look like against that background without actually showing it to your coworkers, click Preview. When you’re trying out custom backgrounds, your video is turned off. 6. The preview appears at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t like the way it looks, choose another Background Effect. To use the background you’re previewing, click Apply and turn on video. 7. Now, any time you pop up on your coworkers’ screens during this call, you’ll have the background you choose behind you. You have to set your background on every videoconference individually. Youcan’t set a default background that’s automatically turned on for every call.

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