CHANGING THINGS UP WITH TOGETHER MODE

Microsoft Teams has a special view that allows you and your colleagues/friends to share a virtual conference room. This view is called “Together Mode”. When Together Mode is on you will be able to view every participant that currently has their camera turned on. This is feature can really help make your meeting more engaging. Together Mode is currently available in Microsoft Teams on PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android.

How to turn on Microsoft Teams’ Together Mode

To turn on Together Mode, you’ll need at least four people in the same call. It supports up to 49 people. You’ll also need to be running the latest version of Teams — make sure your app is updated.

On a Mac or PC

Step 1: Open Microsoft Teams and join a call. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a presenter or an “attendee.”

Step 2: Click the three dots in the top-right corner, and then select Together Mode (Preview). If you don’t see the option, either your app isn’t updated or there aren’t enough people in the call.

Step 3: The screen will shift to show a virtual background, with everyone’s video feeds layered on top. As people join and leave the call, it’ll zoom in to fit everyone.

Step 4: If you want to turn Together Mode off, click the three dots again and select Gallery.

By default, the background will be a stone amphitheater, but you can change it by clicking Change scene in the bottom-left corner. There are over a dozen options, and each one arranges the video feeds in a different way.

Turning on Together Mode only turns it on for yourself, but changing the background will change it for everyone using Together Mode.

On an iPhone or Android

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Teams app and join a call. You can be a presenter or “attendee.”

Step 2: Tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, and then select Meeting views.

Step 3Tap Together mode. If you don’t see this option, you don’t have enough people on the call.

Step 4: The screen will shift and the Together Mode background will appear, with each participant’s video feed in a different spot. As people join and leave the call, it’ll zoom to fit everyone.

Step 5: If you want to turn Together mode off, select Meeting views again and tap Gallery or Large gallery.

Today there is no current way to change the Together Mode background in the mobile app. But like the desktop version, turning Together Mode on or off for yourself doesn’t affect anyone else.