How to Blur the background for Skype video calls, which is a new feature the company introduced in their latest update. The new custom backgrounds for Skype video calls can be done once you update the app. And it is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome.
Here’s what the outline states on the company’s official support page. “This could be anywhere: Want to seem like you’re calling from the beach, or from space? Now you can, with custom backgrounds for your video calls.” the company said.
How do I blur or customize my background during a video call in Skype?
- During a call, hover over the video button or click the More 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.
How do I blur or customize my background for all video calls in Skype?
- Click your profile picture.
- Click Settings then click 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.
Skype has also mentioned that in order to blur your background in Skype video calls, your computer processor needs to support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2). For more information, check with your computer manufacturer.
How to check if your system supports AVX2?
If you had bought your system before 2011, then your system will not support AVX2. As processors that support AVX2 were launched mainly after 2011.
Another way to check is. go to Wikichip and type in your processor model on the search bar located on the top right corner and hit search. It will produce you all the information about your processor. If you scroll down a bit, under “Supported x86 Extensions & Processor Features” you can find if your processor supports AVX2 or not.
Skype has taken this initiative to retain its users and to stand against other video conferencing applications like Zoom.
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