Transform Your Scene: Teams' New Mobile Background Feature!

February 23, 2024
2 min read

As someone who's constantly on the move, keeping up with work while juggling various locations can be quite the challenge. However, with the latest update from Microsoft Teams, the game is about to change—quite literally. Now, I can transform any backdrop into my own professional haven or opt for a subtle blur, all while recording on my iOS device.

Microsoft Teams has always been my go-to for seamless collaboration, but this new feature takes it up a notch. No longer am I confined to the background of wherever I happen to be. Whether I'm in a bustling coffee shop, a serene park, or even just at home with a messy desk, I can ensure that my surroundings don't steal the spotlight during important video recordings.

The process couldn't be simpler. Just press and hold the camera icon beside the Compose box, then tap the blur icon to the right of the shutter button. From there, it's a world of possibilities. I can choose any image to replace my background or opt for a subtle or intense blur, depending on the vibe I'm going for.

This is an image of a woman smiling with various photo thumbnails.
Transform any backdrop based on the vibe that you want.

The best part? No need to wait endlessly for this update to arrive. Starting early March 2024, this feature will begin rolling out, with full implementation expected by late March 2024. And the cherry on top: no action is needed on my end to prepare for this change.

So, whether I'm catching up with colleagues on-the-go or delivering a presentation from a remote location, Microsoft Teams has my back – or rather, my background. It's these thoughtful additions that truly make all the difference in enhancing my productivity and professional image.

So here's to embracing change, one background at a time. Cheers to Microsoft Teams for keeping us ahead of the curve!

Have a good weekend and thx for reading.

Rene Vlieger

Rene Vlieger

As a Microsoft 365 consultant and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), I spend my days immersed in the world of cloud technology, assisting organizations on their transformative journey. My passion lies in enhancing productivity, fortifying governance, ensuring compliance, bolstering security measures, and fostering seamless adoption of new technologies.

In my role, I strive to be more than just a consultant; I aim to be a catalyst for organizational growth and evolution. By guiding businesses through logical steps, I help them ascend the maturity ladder, ensuring that every technological advancement is not just implemented but embraced wholeheartedly. But my commitment doesn't end there. I believe in the power of sharing knowledge, which is why I invest heavily in training sessions, workshops, and yes, even penning (or typing!) joint blogs. 

My Microsoft 365 knowledge includes Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Loop, Viva, Purview, Defender, Entra, Outlook, Whiteboard, Copilot, and Forms.