3 Important audio and video settings to know in Microsoft Teams
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” For good video chats, meetings, or events on Teams, preparation is key. The good news: it should not take you four hours to get ready for your next team chat – just a few minutes dedicated to learning these basics.
1. Get a good set of headphones
Before you start calling in Teams, connect a set of headphones. You will get far superior sound quality when compared to the onboard audio hardware that came with your computer or mobile device. Headphones also help block out the ambient noise around you, so you will not be distracted by a large garbage truck rolling by your window or when the beeping from the microwave indicates that your spouse’s microwave popcorn is ready.
Headphones typically have a built-in microphone so they may double as a headset. However, double-check before purchasing a new pair of headphones to ensure that they have a high-quality microphone. By default, your headphone microphone is closer to your mouth than the one that came with your computer, and can filter out more senseless noise. Even if you use a mobile phone, the microphone on a headset will give clearer audio quality, helping your colleagues hear everything you say.
Through the combined forces of proximity and higher quality electronics, a headset or quality pair of headphones just gives better results, any way you look at it.
2. Make a test call
Videoconferencing is supposed to increase productivity, not cause IT headaches. Leaving things to chance without testing your settings is a good way to encounter unexpected errors and create delays for everyone attending the meeting. Therefore, it is always a good idea to make a test call before your actual meeting takes place.
Here is how you do that: Open the Teams desktop app in advance if you are not using your phone for the meeting.
- Click your name, which appears in the upper right-hand corner.
- Choose settings, which is represented by a gear icon.
- A pop-up should appear in the Settings menu.
- Toward the bottom of the menu you will find Devices. Click that and you are almost ready to perform your test call.