You want to be part of a video call without having to turn on your camera? An avatar on Microsoft Teams allows you to do this. We will show you how to set them up and what the requirements for use are.

During the corona pandemic, the number of video calls literally skyrocketed. But even today, virtual meetings are replacing many face-to-face meetings.

Microsoft Teams offers you the opportunity to participate in these meetings without turning on your camera. You can set up an avatar for this on the platform.

How to create avatars for Microsoft Teams

If you have admin rights for teams in your organization, you can decide whether avatars should be available or not. Individual users or groups can also gain access in this way.

According to Microsoft, using the (organization-wide default) policy, avatars are turned on for all users. However, the platform makes it possible to create subgroups for users and to adjust the settings for them.

If you want to allow the avatar function for your organization, you can do this in the Teams Admin Center. To do this, navigate to “Manage apps” in the left menu bar.

You can now call up the settings via the search bar with the search word “avatar”. There you just have to click on the “allow” button and then avatars will be available for your organization.

Avatars: Microsoft has this minimum requirement

However, the avatars in Microsoft Teams are not available to all users. Because this also depends on which license is available. To use an avatar in Microsoft Teams, you need one of the following Microsoft 365 licenses:

  • Enterprise E3
  • Enterprise E5
  • Business Standard
  • Business Premium

But technical requirements also play a role. Microsoft provides recommended hardware requirements for using teams here.

For example, if you connect via a Windows PC, it needs at least 4 GB of RAM, 3 GB of available storage space and a processor with at least 1.1 GHz or faster and two cores.

With a Mac, on the other hand, you only need at least 1.5 GB of available space on your hard drive. Microsoft specifies the Intel Core Duo processor as the smallest processor for use by teams.

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