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How to set a custom background image on Microsoft Teams on Mac

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Here’s a look at how you can use a trick to set your own custom background image on Microsoft Teams on a Mac.

  1. Find an image you want to use, Wallpaperhub.app has a nice collection
  2. Quit Microsoft Teams with Command+Q
  3. Close or minimize all programs and go to your desktop
  4. Visit your system library by typing ~/Library via the Go To function of the Finder in the top menu bar
  5. Follow this path and click through these folders: Application Support -> Microsoft -> Teams -> Backgrounds -> Uploads
  6. Copy the image you want to use as a custom background in the uploads folder
  7. Relaunch Teams, join your meeting, follow the steps to choose a background image, and select your image from the list

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We’ve previously explained how you could use a “trick” to set your own custom background image in Microsoft Teams on a Windows 10 PC ahead of the general availability later this quarter, but it is also possible on Apple’s macOS, too.

It’s a feature you might want, as setting a custom background images gives your video calls a new look that’s different from Microsoft’s pre-set images. We still advise you to wait for the feature to officially roll out, but if you’re eager, here’s a look at how you can set your own custom background image on Microsoft Teams on a Mac by digging through system folders.

Update: Since this article was originally published, it’s now officially become possible to set custom background images in Teams. We invite you to check out our post here for more information.

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Step 1: Look for an image

Before doing anything, we suggest you to find a background image that’s right for you. Wallpaperhub.app has a nice collection of images, but you also can use your own photos or something from Google Image search. Just keep your background image appropriate for the workplace, and make sure you’re not violating any copyright laws when using it. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve logged in to your Mac with an administrative account, as you’ll be accessing system files in the next steps ahead.

Step 2: Quit Microsoft Teams

Next up, you’ll want to quit Microsoft Teams. Just like any other app on macOS, you can do this by holding the Command and Q keys together on your keyboard when in Teams. You also can go to the top menubar, click where it says Microsoft Teams, and then choose Quit Microsoft Teams. Quitting teams will ensure that you won’t lose any data when messing with the system folders.

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Step 3: Go to your desktop and click the Go to Folder Option

To continue, you’ll want to close or minimize all open windows and go to your Mac’s desktop. Click your desktop, and then visit the top menu. You should see an option for Go. Click it, and then choose Go to Folder. You’ll want to type in the following command.

~/Library

Once you input the text, click the Go button. This will open a new Finder window with your system library. You’ll want to click the Application Support folder. Then, click the Microsoft folder. Next, click Teams. You should then see a folder called Backgrounds. Double click to open it, and then look for the Uploads folder.

This is the folder where you’ll want to paste in the image you saved earlier. You can do this by copying it from the previous location with Command+C and then pasting with Command+V. You also can drag it in, too.

Step 4: Relaunch Teams

With the image file upload, you now can relaunch Teams. Head into your meeting, or join a waiting room as normal. Now, when you click the toggle switch for background options, you should be able to scroll to the bottom of the list to click and choose the image or images you just uploaded. You’ll also see the pre-set images from Microsoft, too, if you still want to use those.

Show us your backgrounds!

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Officially, Microsoft still says that custom backgrounds won’t be coming to Teams until the end of this quarter. So, if you’ve just used this “hack” to try out your own background image, show us in the comments below. And, feel free to check out the rest of our Teams coverage over at our dedicated news hub.

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Every major version of Mac OS X macOS has come with a new default wallpaper. As you can see, I have collected them all here.

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While great in their day, the early wallpapers are now quite small in the world of 5K displays.

Major props to the world-class designer who does all the art of Relay FM, the mysterious @forgottentowel, for upscaling some of these for modern screens.

If you want to see detailed screenshots of every release of OS X, click here.

10.0 Cheetah & 10.1 Puma

The first two releases of Mac OS X shared the same wallpaper. The sweeping blue arcs and curves helped set the tone of the new Aqua interface.

10.2 Jaguar

Jaguar took the same Aqua-inspired theme but added some depth and motion to things. In my head, the trails streaking across the screen were from a set of comets.

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10.3 Panther

While Panther inflicted Macs everywhere with Brushed Metal, its wallpaper stayed on brand, refreshing the original 10.0 image.

10.4 Tiger

Many consider Tiger to be the best “classic” version of Mac OS X. While that may or may not be true, it has my favorite Aqua-inspired wallpaper.

10.5 Leopard

Complete with a revised, unified user interface and shiny new Dock, 10.5 broke the Aqua mold. As such, Leopard was the first version of OS X to break from the Aqua-themed wallpaper. It ushered in the “space era” of OS X wallpapers, which was used heavily in the new Time Machine interface as well.

10.6 Snow Leopard

The “no new features” mantra for Snow Leopard didn’t ban a new wallpaper, thankfully. This starscape is still one of my favorites.

10.7 Lion

Lion kept up the space theme, this time showing off the Andromeda galaxy. The space nerd in me likes the idea, but the execution of this one leaves dead-last on my list of favorites.

10.8 Mountain Lion

Just like Snow Leopard before it, with Mountain Lion, Apple opted to clean up and revise the existing theme as opposed to changing directions for what would be a less-impactful release of OS X.

10.9 Mavericks

Mavericks marked the beginning of Apple’s “California location” naming scheme for Mac releases. The wave depicted looks as intimidating as the ones in the famous surfing location.

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10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite brought another UI refresh to the Mac, making things flatter and more modern. The wallpaper ushered in a new era based on … well … mountains.

10.11 El Capitan

Named after a breathtaking spot in Yosemite National Park, El Capitan was a clean-up year after 10.10.

10.12 Sierra

More mountains.

10.13 High Sierra

Even more mountains.

10.14 Mojave

No more mountains! Mojave brought a new system-wide Dark Mode, and the OS shipped with two versions of its default wallpaper to match. Users could even have macOS slowly fade between the two background images over the course of the day.

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10.15 Catalina

macOS Catalina brought big changes to the Mac, including the ability to run iPad apps natively, opening the platform up to a much larger number of developers than ever before. Catalina shipped with multiple variants of its default wallpaper, and the ability to shift between them as time progresses throughout the day:

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macOS Big Sur

This version of macOS is such a big deal, Apple changed the version number to 11.0. It will be the OS that brings support for Apple Silicon-powered Macs, and features a brand new design.

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