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How To Add Photos In Backgrounds On Microsoft Teams Meetings

Add Photos In Backgrounds
Written by Hassan Abbas

Have you ever try to add photos in the backgrounds on Microsoft Team Meeting? Officially Microsoft Teams can’t support third-party custom backgrounds as of yet. The initial launch is wrapped with 20 various backgrounds that are quite enough for some users. In this article, we discuss some really amazing backgrounds for Zoom that we want to give a try on MS Teams too.

Add My Own Photos In Backgrounds

You can also add your own background too. If you are searching to add your favorite images, wallpaper, or camera shot to MS Team. Remember, saved your favorite images on PC in any folder so that you can copy it easily to the desired directory. Simply follow our article below to get begin.


Make sure the workaround works only via Windows desktop client of Microsoft Teams for now. Also, you have the Background Effects menu that enables you to set custom backgrounds in MS Teams meetings. For some users, it’s not still available.

How to use your favorite backgrounds

This article work for both the macOS and Windows users. Simply view Step 4 for the location of the ‘Uploads’ directory in macOS.

Step 1:

Head over to the File Explorer and copy the most fav images that you like to use as a background for Microsoft Teams meetings.

Step 2:

Then navigate to the Uploads directory of MS Teams on your computer:

  • For macOS: Head over to Users > (username) > Library > Application > Support > Microsoft > Teams > Backgrounds> Uploads
  • For Windows: Head over to C Drive (or where Windows is installed), then move to Users > (username) > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Teams > Backgrounds > Uploads
Step 3:

Then copy your favorite photos to the ‘Uploads’ folder and then close the File Explorer.

Step 4:

Then launch the Microsoft Teams app on your computer.

Step 5:

Start a video call or meeting to check out your custom background photos.

Step 6:

Tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the calling bar and choose ‘Show background effects’.

Step 7:

Now analyze the right sidebar now. You will then view different backgrounds available for you. Move down to the bottom to search your own backgrounds.

Step 8:

Tap on the background to choose it, and then tap on the Preview button just to preview it. Or else the Apply button to set your own chosen pictures as background.

Now you must be able to see your custom added background pictures with the stock background images in the right sidebar. Just choose the one that fits your requirements and tap on ‘Apply’ located at the bottom of the sidebar to start using the image right away.

Can’t find Appdata Microsoft Teams uploads folder?

Well, might be the GIF helps you to find the Microsoft Teams to Uploads folder on Windows. Remember you turn on ‘Hidden items’ to make the AppData folder that is quite visible in the directory of username.

Well wait, there is the best shortcut to the Uploads folder of Microsoft Teams. Here it is:

Step 1:

Initially copy the text: %appdata%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads

Step 2:

Then open the Windows Explorer that any window will do. Simply tap on its address bar and then press the Backspace key to erase all the text.

Step 3:

Also, paste the copied reset here from the above step 1. Then press the enter key. It’ll move you to the Uploads directory right away.

But in case if you get a bug, it means the Uploads directory can’t be created by the Microsoft Teams software on your computer, yet. It means that the feature Background Effects are not available for you yet.

You can also move to Teams directory to verify out whether the Backgrounds\Uploads folder is available or not. If you move to the Teams folder, then copy the text in the address bar %appdata%\Microsoft\Teams and then press the enter key.

Why can’t I find the Uploads folder

In case if you can’t find the Uploads folder, then there might be a chance that the Background Effects feature can’t be rolled out to you. It’s because the uploads folder gets created when you have the ability to create custom backgrounds on Microsoft Teams. Without it, you can’t find the Uploads folder and it’s good to leave once you wait for Microsoft to roll out the update to you.

Should I Manually Create the Uploads Folder?

The Uploads folder existence doesn’t mean that you will able to turn on custom backgrounds. Also, when you create the folder yourself, you can’t get it until Microsoft turns on the ‘Background Effects’ feature for your Microsoft Team’s account. However, the features will be made available when Microsoft completes rolling out the custom backgrounds to the public ring, which you things to happen in the next few weeks.

When will Microsoft Teams officially support custom backgrounds?

Currently, Microsoft is rolling out the background effects feature in batches with the latest update of its Teams’ desktop client. When the update is completed rolling out to the public, Microsoft then expected to include the ability to launch custom backgrounds in your meetings in the coming few weeks. Also, you want the ability to officially add custom backgrounds to your meetings in the coming few additional updates of Microsoft Teams.


Here’s all about “Add Photos In Backgrounds”. What are your thoughts about our guide? Did you add photos in backgrounds on MS Team Meeting? Well, is it helpful or not? Without much ado share your questions and opinions with us in the comments section below.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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