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How do I adjust my device settings in Microsoft Teams? (Audio, mic and webcam)

Published: 2 July 2021 Last updated: 4 August 2022

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Manage your device settings in Microsoft Teams

You can manage your device settings in Microsoft Teams so that your device uses the right speakers, microphone and camera. You can change these settings at any time. Once changed, the settings carry over to your next meeting or call.

Please note: You can change your device settings before, during or after a call.

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your desktop and select Settings and more More options button in the top right-corner.
  2. Select Settings Settings button
  3. Click on the Devices Devices button section.
  4. From Devices, you can change:
    • Audio devices – by picking your primary audio device, Speaker, and Microphone from their dropdown menus.
    • Automatically adjust mic sensitivity – to make sure you’re always heard.
    • Noise suppression – can be set to Auto (Default)High, Low, or Off.
    • High fidelity music mode – Enabling this option will show the ‘High fidelity music mode’ option within Teams meetings.
    • Secondary ringer – rings another speaker device for all incoming calls. The default is set to None, and the dropdown menu will list available devices for your secondary ringer.
    • Camera – video devices will be listed in the dropdown menu

Audio devices

If you want to use a single device such as a headset, you may find it easiest to select this from the ‘Audio devices’ drop-down menu. This will configure the Speaker and Microphone settings at the same time.

Speaker

You can select the audio output device you want to use by using the ‘Speaker’ drop-down menu. If you’re using a laptop then your internal speakers should appear as ‘Speakers/Headphones (Realtek(R) Audio)’. If you have plugged in a headset you should see this listed on the drop-down menu. For example ‘Speakers (Jabra EVOLVE 20)’.

Microphone

You can select the input device you want to use by using the ‘Microphone’ drop-down menu. If you’re using a laptop your internal mic will appear as ‘Microphone Array (Realtek(R) Audio)’. If you’re using a headset you should see this listed on the drop-down menu. For example ‘Microphone (Jabra EVOLVE 20)’.

Please note: The IT Service recommend enabling the ‘Automatically adjust mic sensitivity’ setting.


Noise suppression

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 and iOS to help keep meeting participants focused.

Please note: The IT Service recommend leaving your noise suppression setting set to ‘Auto (Default)’.

Reduce background noise in Teams meetings


High fidelity music mode

Enabling this option will show the ‘High fidelity music mode’ option within Teams meetings.

Learn more about High fidelity music mode


Secondary ringer

If you have a secondary speaker device connected you can set up a secondary ringer. This is useful if you’d like your ringer to play through your headset as well as your laptop speakers.


Camera

You can choose your desired webcam via the camera drop-down menu. If you’re using the built-in webcam within your laptop you will see this listed as ‘Integrated webcam’.

Adjust brightness

Within device settings, scroll to the Camera section then select the ‘Adjust brightness’ toggle switch to enable automatic brightness enhancement in low light conditions.


Contact the IT Service Desk

If you require further assistance with configuring your device settings in MS Teams, please contact us via the IT Service Desk.

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