How to blur the background of a Microsoft Teams video call?

Here’s a question from Dave:

I typically participate in calls with a partner company from our local coffee place which is nearly empty in the mornings. Most of the time my audio is muted, and i know that i am able to set a custom background for my Teams call. My question is whether instead of applying some custom image as the backdrop for my video meetings i can blur the background as i have seen others are doing. Are there specific settings in Teams to accomplish that?

Microsoft Teams – Blur video calls

Thanks for the questions. Blurring your Teams video is really easy. Here is the procedure:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook / Google Calendar or your preferred calendar software.
  • From your calendar, open your meeting and then hit the join Teams meeting link.
  • In the Teams Audio and Video Settings dialog window, start by enabling your video camera (step 1)
  • Then hit the Background Filters link(step 2).
  • On the right hand side of your screen you will find a list of Background filters. You might want to note that it is easy to add a virtual video filter of your own. From the filters menu select the Blur filter (step 3 above)
  • Now back to the Meeting dialog, Hit Join Now.
  • You are all set.

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