KB108 – Using Video in Microsoft Teams

There are a lot of ways to customize your video experience—and the video you share with others—when you join a Teams meeting or call.

Turn your video on or off

Before a meeting

To turn on your video before a meeting, just select Camera   Camera off icon  right before you join.

Select camera icon to turn camera on

During a meeting

You might want to turn your video on and off over the course of a meeting—if you’d prefer people only see you while you’re talking, for example. Go to the meeting controls anytime during the meeting and select Camera  Video call button  .

Video off icon

Change your video background

If you want to change what appears behind you in your video, you can either blur your background, or replace it entirely with any image you want.

When you’re setting up your audio and video before a meeting, select Background filters  Background settings  (just below the video image). You’ll see your background options on the right.

Choose a video layout

When you join a Teams meeting on the desktop or mobile app, you’ll see the video streams of up to nine other people on your screen at the same time. This is the default Gallery view.

Meeting window showing 9 different video streams at once

Note: To provide the best possible audio and video quality, we might decrease the number of videos you’re able to see at once if you’re running a little low on bandwidth or computer memory.

You have several different video layouts to choose from, depending on the size of the meeting, where you join from, and the number of people you’d like to see on your screen at once.

On the Teams desktop or mobile app, select More options   More options button  in the meeting controls, and pick from these layout options:


The default view when you join a meeting on desktop or mobile. If there are more than nine others in attendance, Teams will prioritise the people who have their video turned on, as well as those that are speaking the most.

For people that haven’t turned on their video, we’ll show their profile pic instead (or their initials if they haven’t added one).

Large gallery

Enables you to see the videos of up to 49 other people at once. This option is available when at least ten people have their cameras turned on.

Large gallery view showing 49 videos at once

Note: If no one is sharing video, Large gallery won’t be selectable in the menu.

When more than 49 participants join a Teams meetings, see them all in a gallery with pages. In Large gallery view, navigation controls < > will appear at the bottom of the gallery when there are more than 49 participants. Use these navigation controls to view or engage with more video participants.

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Together mode

Lets you feel like you’re in the same shared space with everyone in the meeting. Together mode is available when there are at least five people in the meeting.

With Together mode, everyone's video appears in the same virtual space

If you’re a meeting organizer or presenter, you have an assortment of scenes to choose from. To change the scene, click on the scene name in the bottom left corner of your screen.

Under Choose a scene, pick the one you want and select Apply. The scene will change for everyone who’s in Together mode.

Note: The classroom scene automatically seats the meeting organiser (or whichever presenter was first to join) apart from the other participants.


Available when content is being shared. This is the view to choose when you’d like to pay close attention to the content without the distraction of seeing people’s video feeds.

Note: You’ll need to turn on the new meeting experience to use Large gallery, Together mode, and Focus.

Pin someone’s video

To pin someone’s video to your view regardless of who’s talking, select More options  More options button   in their video feed (next to their name) and choose Pin.

Spotlight a video

Spotlighting a video is like pinning it for everyone in the meeting. If you’re an organiser or a presenter, you can choose anyone’s video (including your own) to be the main video people see.

To spotlight someone else’s video, right-click on the one you want and select Spotlight.

To spotlight your own video, first select Show participants. Then, under Participants, right-click your name and select Spotlight. You can spotlight anyone else’s video this way, as well.

Reframe a video

Teams crops some videos to make them fit your screen better. If you want a different view of a particular video—for example, if someone’s cropped out of the video or it only shows part of their face—select More options  More options button   in their video feed, and then Fit to frame to see the entire video.

Select Fill frame to see a closer, cropped view.