How to Blur Your Background on a FaceTime Call on Mac

Opt for a bit more privacy with FaceTime’s Portrait Mode feature to blur your background while on a video call on your 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.

  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 Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.