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    How do I customize my background for Skype video calls?

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    When the focus belongs on you and not your room, you can blur or customize your background during a video call in Skype. 
     

    How do I blur or customize my background during a video call in Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web?

    1. During a call, select the arrow next to the video button video button or select the more menu More menu.
    2. Select Choose background effect on desktop or Blur my background on Web.
    3. You can Blur the room you're in currently. On desktop, you can choose one of the predefined images, choose an image you previously added, or Add image to customize your background effect. To view all the predefined image categories, select the more menu More menu under Choose background effect.


    Note: It's recommended to use images in landscape orientation and the custom image needs to be saved locally on your desktop.

     

    How do I blur or customize my background for all video calls in Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux?

    1. Select your profile picture.
    2. Select Settings button Settings then select Audio and video button Audio & Video.
    3. Under Choose background effect, you can Blur the room you're in currently, choose an image you previously added, or Add image to customize your background effect. To see all the predefined image categories, select the more menu More menu under Choose background effect.


    Note: It's recommended to use images in landscape orientation and the custom image needs to be saved locally on your desktop. 

     

    How do I blur my background during a video call in Skype for iPhone, iPad, and Android (6.0+)?

    1. During a call, tap the more menu More menu.
    2. Switch Blur my background on. 

     

    Why don't I have the option to blur or customize my video background in Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux?

    To blur your background in Skype, your computer processor needs to support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2). For more information, check with your computer manufacturer.