Here’s a question from Annie:
I often use Microsoft Teams for video conferences with my colleagues and customers. I have seen that i am easily able to apply a virtual background quite easily, such as in Zoom. I can also add new image files and then use them as background filters in my Teams calls. The thing is that i don’t use any of the canned background filters that are installed with Teams and would like to remove them altogether. That said, there is no simple way to remove those backgrounds from the app. Is there a way to access the Teams background folders in Windows 10 and 11 and delete any unnecessary backgrounds manually?
Remove Teams background from its folder location
Thanks for the question, indeed a good one. You are correct, as of today, Microsoft Teams does not provide a simple user interface that allows to delete unneeded entries from the background folder. That said, you are able to remove images manually, directly from the backgrounds folder, as shown in the step-by-step guide below.
Accessing the Teams background folder location
- First off, start by closing and signing out from Microsoft Teams.
- Now, go ahead and open your Windows computer File Explorer (by hitting the Windows key + E).
- Navigate to the Teams default image backgrounds directory: C:\Users\<enter_your_windows_your_user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds .
- Make a copy of the Backgrounds folder. This will serve as a backup in case that you will need to restore any of the backgrounds you’ll remove. Don’t proceed further before completing this step.
Removing unneeded backgrounds
- Still in Windows Explorer, return to your Teams backgrounds directory (detailed location path provided in the previous section).
- You’ll see the default images shipped with Microsoft Teams, as well as the ones you have uploaded.
- Now go ahead and select the unneeded files and delete them.
Access Teams background filters
- Now, go ahead and open Microsoft Teams.
- Start a video call.
- In the Audio and Video Settings dialog for your call, enable video.
- Now hit background filters.
- Your unneeded virtual background images have been removed and won’t be available. You can easily add your own custom backgrounds to Teams, more on that in the next section of this tutorial.
Add Teams background images to your folder
So far, we showed how to remove those unnecessary canned Teams backgrounds that everyone seems to use. If you are interested to add new custom photos as Teams backgrounds, you can simply do that by copying those to the background folder location (specified above).
- Transfer your pictures from your camera, tablet or mobile phone to your computer or OneDrive.
- Resize your image as needed, ideally to the 1920 X 1080 dpi resolution and save it in your computer.
- Using the File Explorer or Finder in macOS, copy the image files to the Teams background folder (specified above).
- Open Microsoft Teams, create a new meeting and select your own new custom background!