Reduce background noise in Teams meetings

When your mic is turned on in a Teams meeting or call, background noise around you—shuffling papers, slamming doors, barking dogs, and so on—can distract others. Teams offers three levels of noise suppression for the Teams desktop app to help keep meeting participants focused.

Set the noise suppression level

You can change this setting at any time. Once changed, the setting carries over to your next meeting or call.

To affect the noise suppression level for a meeting you're currently in, use the second procedure.

From the main Teams window

  1. Select your profile picture at the top right of Teams and then select Settings.

  2. Select Devices on the left and then, under Noise suppression, select an option.

    Teams-settings-noise suppression

    • Auto (default)  The Teams app decides on the best level of noise suppression based on local noise.

    High  Suppresses all background sound that isn't speech.

    Notes: 

    • For this option, your computer's processor must support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2). This option is currently not available for Mac devices using an M1 ARM processor.

    • This option is currently not available if the meeting or call is being recorded or live captions is turned on.

    • Enabling this option uses more computer resources.

    Low  Suppresses low levels of persistent background noise, such as a computer fan or air conditioner. Use this setting for playing music.

    Off  Noise suppression is disabled. Use this setting for high-fidelity microphones in low noise environments.

From a meeting window

  1. Select More options More options button  in your meeting controls and then select Device settings.

  2. Under Noise suppression, select an option. (See step 2 above for option descriptions.)

    Noise suppression options in Device settings

Note: If your device is using too much of its resources during a call, the setting may fall back to Low.

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