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How to Reduce Background Noise in Microsoft Teams

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The latest Microsoft Teams desktop app has an AI-based Noise Suppression feature that can reduce outdoor construction noise, the sound of kids playing, or ambient sounds. Let’s look at how to use the Teams app to reduce background noise in meetings.

Check that your Windows 10 PC is running the most recent version of the Microsoft Teams app. Microsoft’s website has the most recent Teams app available for download.

How to Reduce Background Noise in Microsoft Teams

During calls and meetings, you can use the Noise Suppression option to reduce background noise. However, if you want to change the suppression level permanently, you can do so in the Teams app.

Auto: When enabled, this option uses Microsoft-claimed AI to estimate background noise and select the appropriate noise-suppression level.

High: This option uses a lot of computing power to cancel out all background noise while you’re talking. It is compatible with processors that support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) instructions, which are mostly found in processors released after 2016.

Low: This setting will cancel persistent sounds, such as those produced by fans, air conditioners, or computer fans. Music can be played during meetings and phone calls.

Off: As the name implies, it disables Noise Suppression, and your computer’s microphone will transmit all noises around you.

If you’re using a high-quality microphone, disable Noise Suppression or set it to Low.

How to Reduce Background Noise in a Team Meeting

Background noise, such as flipping pages or shuffling papers, can distract other participants during meetings and calls. You can avoid such embarrassing annoyances by turning down the volume (or by playing soft music while hanging out with your friends or team over a call).

  • Select the “Device settings” option by clicking the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the Meeting window.
  • To return to the Meeting window, press the Esc key to close the “Device settings” menu.

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