How to Use an Image As Wallpaper on Your Xbox 360




You might get bored of the default background on your Xbox 360, or the other included themes, so you might want to use your own background. In this Instructable I will tell you how to use an image as wallpaper on your Xbox 360.

You will need:
  • Computer
  • Xbox 360
  • Image to use as your background
  • USB thumb drive or CD. I recommend a thumb drive, they're easier to use and using a write-once CD just for a background is dumb.

Step 1: Get an Image

You'll need an image to use. I've tested which image formats work on the Xbox 360, and it can only view JPEGs. That sucks ass.

You change the format by using an image converter, or by opening it up in an image editing program and saving it as a different format. Don't use Paint if you don't have to, it applies some nasty compression to images, which makes them look like s***.

As for resolution, if the Xbox and your TV display it right, you should only need an image with a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels if you're not using a HD display. If you're using a full resolution HDTV (the biggest NTSC standard), you should need an image with a resolution of 1920 by 1280. If your image isn't the same resolution as the TV, don't worry. Your Xbox will scale the image to fit your TV. But an image that's the right size will look much better. Don't be a dumbass and use a tiny 100x100 image.

Step 2: Set the Image As Your Xbox 360 Wallpaper.

So put the image on your thumb drive or rewritable CD, and put it in your Xbox 360. Go to the Media blade on the dashboard, go to Pictures, and navigate to the image. If you have more than one storage device other than your Xbox HDD or memory card in your Xbox, you may have to go to the right one by pressing X and selecting it. Once you're in the right storage device, highlight (but don't press A) on the picture you want to use, and press Y. Select Yes, or whatever the confirmation option is, and hooray! You've got a custom wallpaper on your Xbox 360 vidyo gamz consul! Do you feel special?

Here is the image I am using on my PC and Xbox at the time of writing this, and here is the post with details, by me.



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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Well if you have a new xbox 360 here is how it goes, you do the same thing move the picture to flash drive ect and them you press the silver button on your controller, go to picture viewer and then click on the usb and then go to the image (dont click it just hover over it) and press Y :)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually you can, but sadly it requires modding with (if I remember properly) the program Moddio and maybe some other Xbox Modding programs as well. In the program it simply allows you to select the color you want it to be (black, white, grey, etc.), however I'm not 100% sure this method still works with the recent dashboard update.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. But the big silver globe blocks out the bottom half. Redo your wallpaper accordingly.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    the new banjo kazooie isnt as good as the originals because you are playing with cars but BUILDING and DRIVING the cars makes it fun as any game ever!!!!


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Thank you! This is awesome! Flash drive makes it so easy!

    To look up pic on Google images search "search term imagesize:640x480" ( no quotes) Replace "search term" with whatever you want


    10 years ago on Step 2

    thank you for posting this, i love my 360 however i am not willing to pay additional money for a background when i could get it for free(assuming you have access to a computer) i found another way to set background: from the media category i pulled it off my computer connected to the network.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    Hmm, that's actually quite interesting. what's the name of the windows software used to do that?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    The original Banjo-Kazooie was awesome! banjo-tooie was really good too... i miss those games