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How to set a custom image as your Xbox One background

Use these steps to set your own custom image as background on your Xbox One.

Xbox One with custom background

Xbox One offered for a long time the ability to set your own background image using colors or achievement art. However, it’s also possible for you to set your own custom image, which could be anything from a background you found online or a picture from your last trip.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set any image as background on your Xbox One dashboard.

How to set a custom background on Xbox One

To set a custom background images on Xbox One, use these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox logo button to open the Guide.

  2. Select the gear button on the far-right.

  3. Click on Settings.

  4. Click on General.

  5. Click on Personalization.

    Personalization option
    Personalization option
  6. Click on My color & background.

    My Color & Background option
    My Color & Background option
  7. Click on Custom image.

    Xbox One custom background option
    Xbox One custom background option
  8. Connect a USB drive with image or locate the network folder using the Media Player app. (You’ll need to download this app if not already installed.)

    Xbox Media Player browse custom image
    Xbox Media Player browse custom image
  9. Open the custom image you want as background.

  10. Press the hamburger menu (three line) button on the controller.

  11. Click on Set as background to complete the task.

    Set custom background on Xbox One
    Set custom background on Xbox One

Depending on the image you choose, you can go back My color & background, and set the “Tile transparency” to change the tile settings to make them more transparent so you can see more of the custom background.

Additionally, inside Personalization, you can also change the color scheme of your Xbox One dashboard. 

Originally published on October 2014, updated on April 2020.