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Microsoft Teams Video Call: How to Blur Background

Video calling is one of the best methods of connection when you are not able to attend the meeting due to some reason. In the video call, you have to compromise with the fact that others can watch and judge the location where you are. Microsoft Team offers you the option to blur your background to protect your privacy. This option is beneficial when you are outside, and there is a constant disturbance. It can be used on a routine basis to avoid the disclosure of your current condition of locality. When you activate this setting, then the camera will focus on you only, and everything on the background will be blurred out.

Setting the Blurring Feature
When you are using Microsoft Teams, then you have two methods by which you can activate the background blur feature.
  • Before the Call
  • During the Call
There is a minor change in the process, and that is as follows:
Before the Call
  • To activate this feature, you have to go to Start a Meeting or Join a Call.
  • On this screen, you can see the audio settings and video settings. Next to Video settings, you will see a purple toggle button (second button from the left side of the screen.
  • Click on the button, and it will turn on the feature.
  • After switching this feature, the background will be blurred without compromising the quality of your face during the video call.
Note: This toggle (sliding) button will be shown on the screen only for the scheduled meeting or call. You can’t do this without any of the ongoing or scheduled calls.
During the Call
If you wish to blur the background during the call, then you have to follow the following steps:
  • Hover the cursor over the calling screen.
  • Now, you can observe the three-dotted icon (…) on the screen.
  • Click on that icon.
  • Find the option “Blur My Background” and tap on the toggle button to turn it on. You can turn off and on any call.
Note: This feature is available only for the MacOS and Web till now. There are many devices too which do not support this feature also if you can’t see this feature then check whether your device is in the list of devices for the feature or not. If your device is not on that list, then you have to wait for some more time.
Microsoft has announced that this feature doesn’t ensure the privacy of any sensitive data in every case. As per that announcement this feature is kind of a cool and stylish trick to perform.
As per March 2019, Microsoft is conducting experiments in this feature and can introduce a new feature, in which any user can set a different background in the call. It can be used in the movies like Star Trek and Star Wars, where they have work on a long-range field.
As per employees of Microsoft, they have found this feature while they were regularly communicating with each other and of different departments. This feature was partially already in the Team application. As per them, the incomplete program was able to blur the complete screen in that process. So, they start working on adding the concept of “depth effect” in this half pre-existing feature. In the near future, this feature will be available to every device using the Microsoft Team.
Devin Smith is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cyber security. He writes about the latest updates regarding and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites.


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