Teams Personal Use

Guest access in Microsoft Teams allows teams in your organization to collaborate with people outside your organization by granting them access to teams and channels. Anyone with a business or consumer email account, such as Outlook, Gmail, or others, can participate as a guest in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings, and files. Launching initially as a preview for iOS and Android, Microsoft Teams for personal use will include the basics of text chat and video calling, combined with shared lists, documents, calendars,.

Microsoft has rolled out, in preview, the personal version of its video calling app Teams for both Android and iOS and it will be fully rolled out in the coming weeks.

If you currently use the Teams desktop app at work, click on your profile picture on the top-right corner and select ‘Add personal account’. If you don't see the option to add your personal account, you may have to wait for your app to get updated or for your IT admin to enable it in your organization. Note: Teams for personal use is now available for preview in the latest version of Teams for iOS, Android, desktop and web. New phone number or email? It's easy to update the phone number or email address associated with your Microsoft account. You can use Teams for your personal life on your mobile or desktop device. These are the minimum requirements to use Teams. Android phones and tablets: Teams works with Android devices using the last four major OS versions.

Users can opt for this feature by adding their personal account or signing up using the phone number. Microsoft Teams will allow users to switch between personal and work accounts.
Also Read: Microsoft Teams now lets you use your own images as background during video calls


'Just like you do with Teams at work, you can stay connected with friends and loved ones through messaging and video calling. Create groups to chat and call, so you can stay connected with your family, your book club, your virtual Friday happy hour group, or whoever your group may be. You can also chat or call one-on-one. Our goal is that Teams will become the messaging hub for all your personal chats and video and voice calls, with fun features like sharing GIFs, photos, videos, documents, and even location already integrated,' read the official Microsoft blog.
Also Read: Facebook and Microsoft allows employees to work from home till end of year

Earlier this month, Microsoft Teams introduced a custom background option for video calls


The feature allows you to replace your background in Team meetings with your own custom images or with the ones provided online by Microsoft. Users also have the option to simply blur the background.

Furthermore, Teams users can now put on live captions during their calls and meetings. The company is working on introducing AI-based real-time noise suppression in Teams meetings later this year.

Videoconferencing has become necessary for work and social life as people around the world hunker down at home to avoid the spread coronavirus.

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Many video calling apps support background images. These allow you to set up an image behind you that's different than your actual surroundings. They're a great tool if you want to make a call look more professional by hiding a messy room or adding a company logo (more important than ever now a lot of us are working from home. Alternatively, you can add a silly background in a relaxed call to have a bit of fun. Right now, you can select from a collection of backgrounds built into Microsoft Teams. If you want to add your own background images, you'll have to jump through a few folders, but it's not difficult if you know where to look.

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How to upload a custom background in Microsoft Teams

While there are some backgrounds available within Microsoft Teams that are built right in, you may way to upload your own images. You can do this by places images in the uploads folder for Microsoft Teams.

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Click This PC.
  3. Select Windows (C:).
  4. Open the Users folder.
  5. Select your user profile.
  6. Click the View tab at the top of File Explorer.
  7. Check the Hidden items checkbox.
  8. Open the AppData folder. Note: this won't appear if you haven't checked to see hidden items.
  9. Open the Roaming folder
  10. Open the Microsoft folder. Do not go to the Microsoft Teams folder by mistake.
  11. Open the Teams folder within the Microsoft folder.
  12. Open the Backgrounds folder.
  13. Open the Uploads folder.
  14. Place the image you want within the uploads folder.
  15. Right-click on the Uploads folder and select Pin to Quick access (optional).

To save yourself time when uploading more images, you can pin the Uploads folder to Quick Access. That way, it will always appear on the side of your File Explorer.

How to set a custom background in Microsoft Teams

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Whether you're setting a background from an image you've uploaded or one of the images that's built into Microsoft Teams, the process is the same.

  1. Within a video call, select the More actions button (three dots).
  2. Select Show background effects.
  3. Scroll down and select the image you've uploaded.
  4. Select Preview to preview how your background will look (optional).
  5. Select Apply or Apply and turn on video if your webcam is currently off.

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Microsoft Teams allows you to collaborate with colleagues, upload files, send messages, and chat through video. It integrates with Office 365 and several other cloud services.