Xbox beta app for Windows 10 now lets anyone upload custom gamer pics

Updated April 19, 2017: The Xbox beta app actually allows anyone — not just Xbox Insiders — to upload custom gamer pics. The article has been updated to reflect this.

The ability to set a custom gamer pic recently started rolling out to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha ring, but it has thus far relied on a somewhat clumsy process of transferring pictures to your console using a USB thumb drive. Thankfully, Microsoft is easing that process a bit while opening it up to everyone by allowing custom gamer pic uploads directly from the Xbox beta app for Windows 10.

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Uploads from the Xbox beta app should make for a much more convenient process. To get started, all you have to do is make your way to your profile page from the hamburger menu. From there, click "Customize" and then select the "Edit" option next to your gamer pic. Upload a custom picture, save it, and it will be applied after passing through a short review process.

Keep in mind that any custom picture you want to use must meet the 1080x1080 minimum size restriction. And if the option to upload a custom picture isn't showing up in your app, restarting it should fix the problem. If you don't count yourself among the rather limited group of Xbox Insiders on the Alpha ring, you can grab the Xbox beta app now and start toying around with your own custom gamer pics.

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  • Anyone having issues uploading their picture?
  • No issue here.
  • No problems here.
  • I was but it worked ok on my console. No idea why it wouldn't.
  • Wouldn't work using OneDrive on my phone. Worked fine using a local file on my computer. Not sure which of these was the issue to be honest. Both times it previewed and cropped the image fine but one failed on upload.
  • Yeah my previous account age was apparenty too low, below 18, and I then changed this on my actual microsoft account itself, but for some reason it refuses to update this change in the beta app, leaving me unable to upload a custom picture ;(
  • I'm having this same problem I really hope they fix it because I'm really excited to have a custom picture..still trying to find a solution to this problem 
  • Done.  Custom Gamer Pic......Engage.
  • Yes, about time 😉👍
  • Finally!!!
  • cool!
  • Didnt feel like doing the usb thing, this is most welcomed!
  • Would ne nice to have that option enabled for mobile.
  • On different app topic. Tune in radio got a surprising update with new few features. Didn't expect that
  • Finally my gamerpic matches my avatar from across the net...
  • Just uploaded. Now just have to wait until verified as ok. This is a very nice addition to xbox
  • The option to edit isn't available on my PC app.