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New Teams Feature: Personalized Avatars for When Your Camera is Off

May 30th, 2023 | Microsoft 365

Video meetings have become an essential part of our professional lives. While the advantages of visual interaction are undeniable, there are moments when you just don’t feel like being on camera. Whether it’s due to personal preferences or simply wanting a break from camera fatigue, having an alternative way to represent ourselves visually can make a significant difference. That’s why we are excited to introduce the new Microsoft Teams avatar feature, designed to offer a virtual presence without the need for a camera. Here’s how you can access and customize your very own Teams avatar!

How To Create Your Own Avatar in Teams

Step 1:

Before or during your Teams meeting, open the More option located on the top right ribbon

Step 2:

A pop-up menu will appear, from here you will select Effects and avatars

Step 3:

This will bring up your effects and avatars menu. Click on the Avatars tab

Step 4:

Now you can create your avatar. If you have already created an avatar, you can select the desired avatar you would like to use and select Apply avatars

Step 5:

You can now replace yourself with your virtual avatar that you created! Add your desired background and take advantage of the fun avatar reactions to show engagement during your Teams meetings!

Creating an avatar in Microsoft Teams is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your profile and enhance your virtual presence for those days when you don’t want to be on camera. By following the step-by-step guide, you can easily customize your avatar’s appearance, from facial features to hairstyle, clothing, and accessories. Happy Avatar’ing!

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