Microsoft Teams - Improve Performance & Speed


Microsoft Teams sometimes uses too much CPU power and memory, affecting computer performance. This article will review what can be done to alleviate this problem.


Microsoft Settings

Disable Outlook Add-In

  1. Launch Outlook and select Options.
  2. Then click on Add-ins.
  3. At the bottom of the window, click Go... next to COM Add-ins.
  4. Uncheck Microsoft Teams Meeting Add-in for Microsoft Office
  5. Click OK and restart Outlook for the changes to take full effect.


Disable Hardware Acceleration & Animations

  1. Launch Microsoft Teams and at the top-right click on your profile photo.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click on the General tab.
  4. Make sure that Disable GPU hardware acceleration is checked.
  5. Make sure that Turn off animations is checked.
  6. Right-click on the Teams icon in the system tray and click Quit.
  7. Relaunch Teams and check if you notice any improvements.


Turn Off Read Receipts

Disabling Read receipts can help you reduce the CPU and memory load that Teams often puts on your hardware.

  1. Launch Team and click on your profile photo.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click on Privacy and disable Read receipts.
  4. Quit Teams from the system tray. Then relaunch it.


Clear the Teams Cache

  1. Press Windows + R to open a Run window.
  2. Then type %appdata% and hit Enter.
  3. Enter the Microsoft folder and then Teams (Not Microsoft Teams!).
  4. Delete the contents from the following folders (delete only the files within, not the folders themselves):
    • tmp folder
    • Blob_storage
    • Cache
    • GPUCache
    • databases
    • Local Storage
  5. Close Microsoft Teams and restart your computer.


Advanced Settings

Adjust Visual Effects for Best Performance

  1. Go to Start and type ‘adjust performance‘ in the Windows Search bar.
  2. Click on Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
  3. Select the Visual Effects tab.
  4. Check the Adjust for the best performance option. This will disable your video effects and animations.
  5. Restart your computer.


Increase the Pagefile Size

If your machine is equipped with an SSD, you can increase the Pagefile size. Some users have confirmed they no longer experience lockups or shutdowns after setting the Pagefile size to a higher value. So, instead of letting Windows manage your Pagefile, go ahead and manually adjust the values yourself.

Steps to change the Pagefile:

  1. Type SystemPropertiesAdvanced in the Windows Search bar and press Enter.
  2. Under Performance, click on Settings.
  3. Then click again on the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Virtual memory, click on the Change button.
  5. Untick Automatically managing paging file size for all drives.
  6. Select Custom size and manually set up the pagefile size you need. 16384 MB (16GB) is a good starting point.
  7. Apply the changes. Reload Teams and check if this helps.
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