How to Blur Your Background on a FaceTime Call on Mac

As more and more of us find ourselves working remotely or from home, it may be useful to know how to blur out background on FaceTime while using your Mac. This feature helps protect privacy or even just hide a messy room from your boss. Read on to discover how to blur background in FaceTime.

FaceTime Blur Background Mac

*It’s important to note that this feature is only available on Macs with Apple silicon chips.

To blur FaceTime background, you need to put the camera in Portrait Mode.

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  1. Start a FaceTime call and click on your image to enlarge the window.

  2. Tap the Portrait Mode button at the bottom of your image.

  3. You will see a blurred background and the button will turn gray when activated.

And that’s it! Three simple steps to help you blur FaceTime background and protect your privacy on a Mac. If you want to learn more about how to use FaceTime, check out this article featuring some cool activities to do on a FaceTime call with friends. For more tips on how to use your Mac, sign up for our Tip of the Day!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.