Skype now offers custom backgrounds. Rather than show everyone your office, you can choose any backdrop image you like. Skype will automatically detect and replace the background behind you with the image while you’re video chatting, just like Zoom can.
How to Customize or Blur Your Background During a Skype Call
First, make sure that you have the latest version of the Skype desktop client downloaded and installed on your Windows PC or Mac. Don’t use the Windows 10 Store version, which doesn’t have this feature for some reason. Some older versions of Skype support background blurring, but not custom backgrounds.
To blur your background during a Skype video session, hover your mouse over the “Turn Video Off Button.” Click “Choose Background Effect.”
Select the “Blur” option, and the call you’re on will automatically have its background blurred.
Choose the “Add Image” option, and you can select any image file that is on your local hard drive. Your background will automatically update for the call that you’re currently having. To delete a background image that you’ve uploaded, click the small white X in the top-right corner of that image.
How to Customize or Blur Your Background for All Skype Video Calls
You can set a default background effect for all of your Skype video calls. Start by clicking on your profile picture in Skype window and selecting “Settings.”
Choose the “Audio & Video” tab. From this menu, you can select “Blur” to blur all calls or click “Add Image” to create a custom background from a picture file on your local hard drive. You can also select an existing custom background you’ve already uploaded.
Whether it’s silly or serious, with your family or your colleagues, adding a custom background or blurring it entirely can make Skype video calls more enjoyable and more effective.
Microsoft recently released the Skype 8.59 update that brings the popular custom backgrounds feature to millions of users. This feature is available on Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web 126.96.36.199. Most of the Windows laptops and desktop PCs with processor that has Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) will support this new feature.
Here’s how you can change background for Skype video calls:
- During a call, hover over the video video button button or click the More more menu menu.
- Click Choose background effect.
- You can Blur the room you’re in currently, choose an image you previously added, or Add a new image to customize your background effect.
You can also change your background for all video calls in Skype by following the below steps:
- Click your profile picture.
- Click Settings button Settings then click Audio and video button Audio & Video.
- Under Choose background effect, you can Blur the room you’re in currently, choose an image you previously added, or Add a new image to customize your background effect.
Note: Skype for Windows 10 version 14 (Microsoft Store version) does not support custom backgrounds feature, but you can blur the background to minimize the distraction.
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Do you want to mask your background while you’re video calling your friends, colleagues, and family on Skype? If you use Skype for making video calls, you can hide the background in a matter of seconds and set a custom background if you’d like to. And thankfully, it doesn’t involve the usage of a green screen. This is similar to virtual backgrounds on Zoom, but of course it’s on Skype.
As the name implies, Skype custom backgrounds allows users to display any image as their background during an ongoing video chat. This is extremely helpful in cases where your room is just a mess or if you’re having privacy concerns, or you just don’t want other people in the meeting to see where you are and what’s going on behind you.
How to Set Custom Background in Skype Video Calls
In order to try this feature out, you’ll need to download the latest version of Skype for Desktop (Windows and Mac). Custom Background is not available on the Windows 10 version of Skype that’s downloadable from Microsoft Store.
First of all, make sure you’re in an active video call or meeting on Skype. Click on the “More” option located at the bottom-right corner of the window and select “Choose background effect”.
Here, click on “Add Image” to use any image as your custom background for the ongoing call. Alternatively, you have the option to blur out your background, as shown below.
While the above steps cover how you can set a custom background during an ongoing call, you can also set a default custom background for all your Skype video calls. To do this, click on the “triple-dot” icon located right next to your Skype name and choose “Settings”.
Now, head over to the “Audio & Video” section and click on “Add Image” to import a custom background for your video calls. Or, you can choose the “Blur” option to subtly mask your background.
There you go. Now you can set any image as a custom background during your Skype calls. Choose a picture of paradise, or whatever you want.
Skype’s custom background feature works best with simple background, preferably something like a green screen, and with uniform lighting. It’s similar to how streamers mask their backgrounds in their face cams. The green screen helps Skype to easily distinguish between you and your actual background. Regardless, the feature works fine as long as you’re not moving around too much.
If you’re spending a lot of time on Skype and video chats lately, you might also get a kick out of using Snap Camera filters, which can be quite amusing (or obnoxious) too.
If you use Zoom instead of Skype for online meetings and video calls, you might be interested in learning how to use Zoom’s Virtual Background feature to effectively mask your messy bedroom or workplace.
This feature was first introduced to Skype on desktop, which is obviously what we’re focusing on here. If you’re looking to set a custom background while making or joining Skype calls from an iOS or Android device, be sure to update to the latest version of those apps too.
We hope you managed to mask your room with a custom background during your Skype video chat. What do you think about this handy feature and how well did it work for you? Do share your thoughts and experience in the comments section down below.