Disable MS Teams Background, Blur and Effects

In this blog post, I will show you how to disable and control Microsoft Teams, background, blur and effects.


This change is only possible to action using PowerShell and Skype for Business online module.

Check default policy

By default, users can use change background, blur and effects, to check, I will run the cmdlet below.

Get-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy | Ft Identity, VideoFiltersMode


Before I show you how to change the policy, below are the four available options.

  • NoFilters – No filters, users can’t change the background
  • BlurOnly – I can blur the background
  • BlurAndDefaultBackgrounds – I can only use default Blur and Default backgrounds.
  • AllFilters – I can change everything (default)


To change the settings, we need to specify the identity of the policy.

In my case, I will modify the global policy using the cmdlet below.

I will allow everything but disable custom backgrounds.

Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -VideoFiltersMode BlurAndDefaultBackgrounds

To check the policy after I will run the cmdlet

Get-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy | Ft Identity, VideoFiltersMode

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