How to change account picture on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you choose any picture for your account, and here's how.

Windows 11 account picture
Windows 11 account picture
  • To change your account picture on Windows 11, open Settings > Accounts > Your info.
  • Click the “Browse files” button and select a new profile picture.
  • Or click the “Open Camera” button and take a picture.

On Windows 11, when you create an account using a Microsoft account, it will get your online profile picture, and if you create a local account, the system will assign a generic image.

If you prefer to display a different image, you can change the Windows 11 account picture to anything you want to make the experience a little more personal.

This guide will teach you the steps to change your Windows 11 profile picture.

Change account picture on Windows 11

To change your Windows 11 account picture, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Settings and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Click on Accounts.

  4. Click the Your info page on the right side.

  5. In the “Choose a file” setting, click the Browse files button.

    Your info page

  6. Select the new picture for your Windows 11 account.

  7. Click the Choose picture button.

  8. (Optional) In the “Take a photo” section, click the Open Camera button.

  9. Capture a picture for the account.

Once you complete the steps, the account will reflect the new changes.

Change Windows 11 account picture from a Microsoft account

To change your profile picture from your Microsoft account on Windows 11 (even without activation), use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft account online.

  2. Click the Your Info tab.

  3. Click the Change photo button.

    Microsoft account change photo

  4. Click the “Add a photo” option.

    Windows 11 change profile picture from Microsoft account

  5. Select the new picture for your Windows 11 account.

  6. Click the Open button.

  7. Click the Save button.

After you complete the steps, the new account picture will sync across your devices logged in with the same Microsoft account, including on a computer running Windows 11 without activation.

While changing the account photo is possible, this option is only available for administrators and standard accounts, not guest accounts.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].