Xbox One Update’s New Custom Backgrounds from File: Check Out How Sleek They Can Look on Your Dashboard

on October 23, 2014 2:11 PM

Yesterday we’ve shown you how the custom background from achievement art included in the Xbox One November update preview look, but Microsoft did not rest on its laurels, and with a new update to the update they implemented the ability to use fully custom JPG or PNG pictures from an USB drive or from DLNA. .

Below you can see how 13 custom backgrounds look on my own Xbox One. And yes, some of the pics aren’t exactly Xbox-related, but hey, it’s my console. You can put what you want on yours.

In addition to that, I also added the background themselves, if you want to use any yourself. Alternatively, you can use any 1920×1080 picture.

Here’s how you activate them:

  1. Connect a USB to console / Connect a source through DLNA
  2. Launch Media Player (either directly or through Settings>My Xbox > My background > Custom image)
  3. Navigate to source of your choosing (USB/DLNA)
  4. Navigate to folder/file of your choosing
  5. Select the jpg/png image – see it full screen.
  6. Once you are viewing the image full screen, hit the menu button.
  7. Select “Set as background”
  8. You will be sent back to the full screen view of the image. Hit nexus, see the image on Home.

But without further ado, I leave you with the pics. Pretty spiffy, isn’t it?


In the gallery below you can find the wallpaper themselves. I’ll let you guess which one became my regular background.

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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.