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How to put the background blur in FaceTime calls

iOS 15 has brought many new features to the iPhone. Among other things, you can now blur the background in FaceTime so you can hide your cluttered room during video calls.

Since many of us continue to work from home, we often feel the need to hide our surroundings from our colleagues during video calls.

While it’s relatively easy to blur the background with services like Microsoft Teams or Zoom, FaceTime users have been at a disadvantage as it hasn’t been possible – until now.

If you install iOS 15 on your iPhone (and iPadOS on your iPad) it will be possible to blur the background in video calls.

However, not all iPhones running iOS 15 will be able to blur the background in FaceTime, sadly. In order to implement this function, the iPhone needs the ‘Portrait Mode for Videos’ and at least the Apple A12 chip installed. Therefore, the function is available on all models starting with the iPhone XR (the iPhone SE 2 can also take advantage of this function).

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Here’s how to hide the background in FaceTime

  1. Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone.
  2. Call your desired contact.
  3. Tap the photo of you in the lower left to enlarge it.
  4. Tap the icon to the right of your image that looks like a person in a frame.
  5. This will activate portrait mode. Unfortunately, the degree of blur is not adjustable (And frankly, it’s not enough)

It will also be possible to blur the background on the Mac once macOS Monterey is available for installation.

Original article published in English on our sister website Macworld UK.

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