How to Reduce Background Noise in Teams Meeting

When you turn on the mic in a Teams meeting, sometimes unexpected background noise occurs, such as barking dogs, or slamming doors, which can distract other participants.  Now, Teams offers three levels of noise suppression to help keep meeting participants focused.  You have two options to setup this noise suppression.

Note:  This setting is currently available in Teams Windows Desktop App.

Option I:  in Main Teams Window

  1. Select your profile picture at the top right corner of Teams.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Devices.
  4. Under the “Noise suppression” section, click the drop-down arrow next to the “Auto (default)” show the options.
  5. Select one of the following options.
  • Auto (default) – The Teams app decides on the best level of noise suppression based on local noise.
  • Low option – Suppresses low levels of persistent background noise, such as a computer fan or air conditioner. Use this setting for playing music.
  • High option – Suppresses all background sound that isn’t speech.
  • Off option – Noise suppression is disabled. Use this setting for high-fidelity microphones in low noise environments.

Note:

  • The “High” option is currently not available if the meeting is being recorded or live captions is turned on.
  • For the “High” option, your computer’s processor must support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2).

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Option II: in a Meeting Window

 

  1. In the Teams meeting control, select 3 dots (More options.)
  2. Select Device settings.
  3. Under the “Noise suppression” section, click the drop-down arrow next to the “Auto (default)” show the options.
  4. Select one of the following options.
  • Auto (default) – The Teams app decides on the best level of noise suppression based on local noise.
  • Low option – Suppresses low levels of persistent background noise, such as a computer fan or air conditioner. Use this setting for playing music.
  • High option – Suppresses all background sound that isn’t speech.
  • Off option – Noise suppression is disabled. Use this setting for high-fidelity microphones in low noise environments.

Note:

  • The “High” option is currently not available if the meeting is being recorded or live captions is turned on.
  • For the “High” option, your computer’s processor must support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2).

 

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