Skype New Feature Blurs Video Backgrounds to Hide Your Messy Room

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The automatic background blur feature is finally going to be rolled out for Skype video call users this week.

In an attempt to stay relevant in the reign of WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android), Microsoft's video chat app Skype (download for iOS or Android) added background blur during calls.

Using artificial intelligence trained in human-form detection, Skype does its best to ensure your background is always blurred.

Users can choose to activate background blurring using a toggle switch on screen during the video conversation. When done, your background will be instantly and subtly blurred, leaving just you as the only focal point.

Background blur is available today on most desktops and laptops using the latest version of Skype.

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Alternatively, you can start a video call, open the Audio & Video Settings menu, and tap "Blur my background", then close the menu to return to the conversation. Based on the image for the Skype feature it appears that the blue is more subtle and may not completely blur what is happening behind the person. The company behind Skype has added a brand new feature which might prove out to raise the appeal the users.

It's important to note that the feature may not be 100% reliable.

Now you don't have to clean up before making Skype calls.

Skype introduced the same background blur functionality as it has used in Microsoft Teams. The tech can also detect hair, hands, and arms, making the background blur integrate smoothly, the post said. The new feature will automatically apply a blur filter to the background and will show your face as focused. When you want controls, you can bring them back by simply tapping once again. The feature is only available on desktop for now, and the team didn't say if this feature will eventually come to mobile.