How to Set Xbox One Backgrounds

With the last few software updates of the year, Microsoft has added significant customization features to the Xbox One. Just a few months ago, all users could do to customize their Xbox One Start Screen was pin a few apps to the far left. These app shortcuts can be rearranged and Microsoft lets users choose a tile color, but that was it. If you want to show off your favorite color other than changing the Live Tile color, you’re out of luck. That says nothing about setting the Xbox One background.

With the November Xbox One Update, setting an Xbox One background is something anyone can do. In addition to setting a background color, backgrounds can also be set to a solid color or a custom image. Here’s how to set Xbox One backgrounds.

Before we get started, it’s important that you have everything you need to set Xbox One backgrounds. Let’s start with the November Xbox One Update.

If you’re hoping to set a background on your Start Screen, you’ll need the November Xbox One Update. There is no way around it. If you haven’t connected your Xbox One to Xbox Live in a while, do so now and download the latest update.

The second thing you need is the Xbox One’s Media Player app. Again, those who haven’t updated their console for a while will not have this app. It will need to be downloaded from the Xbox Store. Simply search for “Media Player” in the store.

The last thing you need is the image or background you want to use. Microsoft allows users to set achievement images as background on Xbox One. If you want to use them, you can install a flash drive or hard drive with the image you want to set as your background. The Media Player app also lets you view pictures stored on PCs and tablets – but this takes a bit of setup. Images must be in JPG or PNG format

First, console by pressing the power button on your controller or simply saying “Xbox, On” if you have a Kinect 2 sensor.

You will need to go to the Settings area on Xbox One. If you have a Kinect 2 sensor, say “Xbox, go to Settings”. If you don’t have a Kinect 2 sensor, that’s fine. It’ll just take you a little longer to get there. Grab your Xbox One controller and click “.” Select .

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Once in My Games & Apps, move the left joystick on your controller down once so that the . Look for the underline of the leftmost word.

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Now take the same left joystick on your controller and push it to the right until you see Settings in the list of installed apps on your Xbox One.

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Choose .

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Welcome to the settings area. You will see many different areas on your screen. Do not focus on the gray ones in the middle. Instead, look for the ones highlighted on the left. Use the left joystick to select “My Xbox”. It’s in the lower left corner.

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Now select “My Background”.

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If you want to use a solid color, choose one of the colors on the right. The first is solid black, and you can have your Xbox One factory reset by simply selecting it. There are 21 colors to choose from in total.

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Say you want to choose an art of achievement instead, choose the art of achievement and you will be redirected to the Achievements app.

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You need to highlight a specific achievement and then

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to use a personal background that you have already selected. You will be redirected to the Media Player application. You should have already inserted the flash drive or hard drive with your image on it. If available, you will see that storage media listed immediately. In this example, we are using out network to add an image to the Xbox One as a background, so we select it.

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with the image you are looking for

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Then select the picture to be full screen.

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Press the menu button on your controller with the image full screen. It’s to the right of the glowing Xbox One logo.

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choose

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This much. You have successfully set an Xbox One background. Remember to be mindful of the images you use. Some won’t be great for plugging in your Xbox One due to orientation and size. Microsoft has released a image file This allows users to see exactly how their background will turn out. You can download it here, but you’ll really need Photoshop to edit it.

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Beyond that, make sure you use an image that is big enough and shows what you want. It doesn’t hurt to match your tile color to that photo, either.

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