How to customise your background in Microsoft Teams video calls

Lewis Wake
Wednesday 6 May 2020

Microsoft Teams will soon be rolling out a new feature that allows users to add custom backgrounds to their video calls.

While they currently support their own supply of pre-populated background images, there isn’t an official method to upload custom background photographs just yet. It is currently on their roadmap.

Custom teams backgrounds

The only way to add custom background images right now is a little bit of a hack.

We have St Andrews themed images available to download from our website. These images will also works as custom backgrounds in Zoom.


How to add custom backgrounds for Microsoft Teams on Windows

Step one

Choose your own background image to use. This can either be downloaded from our website, or your own image with dimensions 1920 x 1080px.

Step two

Make sure you have closed Microsoft Teams.

Step three

Copy and paste the following path into your Windows search bar to access the folder where Microsoft Teams backgrounds are stored on your computer:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads

Step four

Copy the image you want to use as a custom background in the uploads folder.

Step five

Relaunch Teams, join your meeting, click the three dots to choose a background image, and select your new image background from the list.


How to add custom backgrounds for Microsoft Teams on Mac

Step one

Choose your own background image to use. This can either be downloaded from our website, or your own image with dimensions 1920 x 1080px.

Step two

Make sure you have closed Microsoft Teams.

Step three

In Finder, click ‘Go’ in the top menu bar and click ‘Go to Folder…’

Step four

Copy and paste the following path to access the folder where Microsoft Teams backgrounds are stored on your computer:

~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads

Step five

Copy the image you want to use as a custom background in the uploads folder.

Step six

Relaunch Teams, join your meeting, click the three dots and then choose ‘show background effects’ to choose a background image. Select your new image background from the list.

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