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How to change the Microsoft Teams profile picture

Microsoft Teams isn’t a social messaging app. You can, technically, use the free version of Microsoft Teams to add friends and family and chat with them but adding everyone is tedious and the app is not structured for social conversations. It centers itself around topic-based discussions, even within a channel. 

Microsoft Teams may not be for social messaging but it does borrow some features from social messaging platforms. For example, you can send emoji, reactions, and GIFs in response to a message. Another, less important but equally useful little feature in Microsoft Teams is the profile picture.

Microsoft Teams profile picture

Microsoft Teams will, generally use the same image as your profile picture that you’ve set for the Microsoft account you’re using to sign in to Teams. If you don’t want to use the same picture or if you’re using a different account to sign in to Microsoft Teams, you can change the profile picture.

Change Microsoft Teams profile picture

To change the Microsoft Teams profile picture, follow these steps. You can execute these steps from the desktop app or from the web app.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Sign in with the account you want to change the profile picture for.
  3. Click the profile picture/thumbnail/initials at the top right.
  4. Click Change picture.

Microsoft Teams profile picture

  1. In the window that opens, click Upload picture.
  2. Select a picture from your local drive and click Save.
  3. The profile picture will be updated.

Note: This profile picture will be used for all Microsoft 365 apps that you login to with the same account.

Remove Microsoft Teams profile picture

You do not need to have a picture set as the profile picture in Microsoft Teams. If you prefer to have your initials show in place of an image, you can remove the current profile picture.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams and sign in.
  2. Click your profile picture at the top right.
  3. Select Change picture.
  4. In the window that opens, click Remove Picture.
  5. Click Save.
  6. The profile picture will be removed and the thumbnail will show your initials.


You can use a JPEG or PNG image file as your profile picture. The image selector doesn’t have a pan and zoom option and it will select a focal point for the image that you use. If it is selecting an empty or irrelevant part of the image you’ve uploaded, it is best to crop it on your desktop before you upload it. Microsoft Teams does not support GIFs as profile pictures. When you select a profile picture for Microsoft Teams, make sure it is suitable for work.

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