Band Utility, an easy way to add a little color to your Microsoft Band

The Windows 10 Store has several quality apps for customizing your Microsoft Band. The Band Utility app is one such offering that has the ability to customize your Band's wallpaper, theme colors and add cards to your Band.

There is room for improvement with Band Utility, but overall the app is a nice foundation with potential. It's not at the level of, say, Pimp Your Band or Fanband but it could come close with a few more features.

The interface with Band Utility is simple and straight forward. Both the Windows 10 Mobile and PC versions have a menu button in the upper left corner that reveals navigation options for the app's customization features. The two core customization features include personalizing your Band and adding cards to your Band.

Band Utility

Personalizing your Band includes options to change your wallpaper and color scheme. The Band Utility currently only has three wallpaper images to choose from and ten solid colors to use as wallpapers. The image collection includes the Windows 10 logo, the Microsoft Health logo and a Sample image that is a collage of colorful shapes.

The Color Scheme options include eighteen pre-set color schemes ranging from Electric Blue to Pizza to Kool-Aid. There is also the option to put your Band in Black and White Mode (belief is that this option helps extend your Band's battery life).

Band Utility Windows Phone

Adding a card to your Microsoft Band is a handy feature where you can add PDF417 or Code 39 barcodes to your Band. For example, you can add the barcode to your grocery store rewards card on your Band instead of cluttering up your key chain with the flimsy paper fobs. Just title your new card, enter the number and choose your barcode type. When you are ready for the barcode to be read, tap the tile and have the Band's display scanned.

Overall, I like the potential of the Band Utility. The layout is simple to move around and while the core features are very basic, they do a nice job of things. The barcode tile is a nifty idea and I can see it coming in handy for many.

While I like the foundation the Band Utility has, it needs more bite to be competitive with the more feature rich options in the Windows 10 Store. In the least, it needs the ability to use local photos as the Band wallpaper. Unless you are a fan of solid colors as your wallpaper, the Band Utility could come across as very lacking in this regards.

The color themes include some very eye-catching colors, but as is the case with the wallpapers, this feature also needs the option for more customization through user defined color themes.

Band Utility

The Windows 10 Store description for Band Utility notes that more features are in the works. If these new features include the ability to use local photos and user defined themes, I can see the Band Utility be a solid option for personalizing your Microsoft Band. As is, it does nicely but may be too limited for many Band owners.

The Band Utility is a free app, available for both Windows 10 PC and Mobile.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Thanks! I just picked up a Band 2 and was wondering what great apps are out there. The Health App won't let me rearrange the order of my tiles (I'm on the W10M Fast Ring). Anyone else having this problem?
  • Once you click on Manage Tiles you should see "Rearrange the tiles on your Band's Start Strip" right below that and you can click and then drag the icons to the order you wish to have them. Hope that helps.
  • My band doesn't show anything signifying that I can change the tiles after I hit Manage Tiles. On the phone All I see are a check and an X and the ellipses. They are at the top of the screen, but it appears that there is supposed to be something above them. Thank you for the help. It is hard to know if it is the phone or the band for me, as I just got the Band.
  • Well, I got it to work finally. I have to hit Manage Tiles; go back to start; hold the back button and open the Health app again. To the feedback hub I go....
  • I saw this article this morning, and I'm like "wait this is my app!" Awesome! I approve this message.
  • Great job my friend! You made me proud haha. Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • I'd like to thank all the little people and also the academy for not being political... >takes a bow< No I'm joking. Thanks to Zack though! I probably wouldn't have published if you didn't encourage me to. I approve this message.
  • Haha im glad I could help man! You're great! Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • Like the article mentioned, lots of potential here, great job! Needs a better layout I think though.
  • I will add more features soon, but I'm wondering if I should make it an in-app purchase. Give some feedback! I approve this message.
  • And it looks like I need to adjust layout of some things I approve this message.
  • How do you upload a card to the band, it's not working for me...?....
  • When I try to add a card I get a "System.IO.FileNotFoundException" error at the bottom of the screen.
  • Yeah I'm going to take a look. It's probably the tile image... I'll push out an update this week or next I approve this message.
  • Ok maybe not next week but soon(tm) I approve this message.
  • Love the idea of putting the bar codes on my wrist instead of opening up my phone! Hope to see it working soon!
  • Hey did you get the update? It should work now! Plus custom tile strip colors! Posted from Windows Central
  • looks like it! Thanks! Need two cards at least thank you :)
  • Yes, and am I able to add a card now. Very nice! Thanks!
  • Hi everyone, apparently there is still a problem trying to add a card to the band. I'm going to take a look again. I might need to rewrite the app so it might take a while. I approve this message.