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How to Change Your Microsoft Profile Picture or Windows Profile Picture

We show you how to change profile picture in Windows 10 for both Microsoft and local accounts.

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Changing your profile picture or local Windows profile picture is a straightforward process that allows you to personalize your Windows experience. This tutorial will guide you through the steps to update your profile picture on both and , whether you are using a local account or a Microsoft account. We also show the direct way to change your Microsoft profile picture without using Windows 11 or Windows 10.

How to Change the Local Account Picture on Windows 11

This method allows you to personalize your local user account on Windows 11 by updating the profile picture that appears in various places, such as the Settings app, Start menu, and lock screen. By following a few simple steps, you can choose a new image from your files or take a new photo using your device's camera.

  1. Open Settings
     

    Press the Start button on your keyboard and press the cog button above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.
     
    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Navigate to “Your info”
     
    Navigate to the “Accounts” section by clicking on it in the settings menu and then click “Your info“.
     

    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Your Info

  3. Change or Add your Account Profile Image
     
    Use “Open Camera” to take a photo or “Browse files” to select an image from your PC.
     
    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Your Info - Camera or Browse File

How to Change the Microsoft Account Picture on Windows 11

If you're using a Microsoft account to log into Windows 11, this method explains how to change your profile picture, which will be synchronized across all your devices and Microsoft services, such as Outlook and OneDrive. You can update your picture either through the Windows 11 settings or directly from the Microsoft account website (see below), ensuring a consistent image is displayed wherever your Microsoft profile is used.

  1. Open Settings
     

    Press the Start button on your keyboard and press the cog button above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.
     
    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Navigate to “Your info”
     
    Navigate to the “Accounts” section by clicking on it in the settings menu and then click “Your info“.
     

    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Your Info

  3. Click “Change photo”
     
    Windows 11 - Microsoft Online - Change Photo
  4. Change or Add your Account Profile Image
     
    Use “Open Camera” to take a photo or “Browse files” to select an image from your PC.
     
    Windows 11 - Settings - Accounts - Your Info - Camera or Browse File

How to Change the Local Account Picture on Windows 10

Similar to Windows 11, this method details how to update the profile picture for a local user account on Windows 10. By navigating through the Settings app, you can easily select a new photo from your computer or use your device's camera to capture a fresh image. This customization feature allows your local account to have a personalized look, visible in multiple user interface elements of Windows 10.

  1. Open Settings
     

    Press the Start button on your keyboard and press the cog button above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.
     
    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Navigate to “Accounts”
     
    Navigate to the “Accounts” section by clicking on it in the settings menu.
     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Accounts

  3. Click on “Your info” in the Settings sidebar, then on “Camera” or Browse for one”
     

    Naturally, you should click “Browse for one” if you already have a  picture saved, and “Camera” if you're wanting to take one with your webcam now.
     
    Either browse to your picture and press “Open” or press the shutter button on the camera app. The picture will instantly replace your default profile picture.
     
    Windows 10 - Settings - Accounts - Your Info - Create your Picture

How to Change the Microsoft Account Picture on Windows 10

For users signed into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, this method describes how to change your profile picture, which will be updated across all connected devices and Microsoft services. You can either use the Windows 10 Settings app or the Microsoft account website (see below) to upload a new picture.

  1. Open Windows Settings
     
    Open the settings by pressing the hotkey “Windows + I” or via the “Start” menu.
     

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Navigate to “Accounts”
     
    Navigate to the “Accounts” section by clicking on it in the settings menu.
     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Accounts

  3. Select “Manage my Microsoft account”
     
    Click “Manage my Microsoft account” under the “Your info” section in the sidebar.
     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Accounts

  4. Wait for the Microsoft account settings webpage to open and press “Your info” at the top of it
     

    If the webpage doesn't open automatically, you can instead paste account.microsoft.com in your browser's URL bar.
     
    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info

  5. Access “Change photo”
     
    Click “Change photo” under the “Your info” section.
     

    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info - Change Photo

  6. Change or Add a Photo
     

    Click “Change photo” or “Add a Photo” under the “Your info” section. You can adjust the zoom level of the picture in your browser by moving the slider to the right or left.
     
    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info - Change Photo - Add Photo

How to Change the Microsoft Profile Picture in Your Microsoft Account

This method provides instructions on how to change your profile picture directly through the Microsoft account website. By logging into your account and uploading a new image, you can ensure that your profile picture is updated across all Microsoft services, including email, cloud storage, and other connected applications.

  1. Access “Your info” in your Microsoft Account
     
    Open account.microsoft.com in your browser's URL bar,  log in if necessary and click “Your info” in the top bar.
     
    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info
  2. Access “Change photo”
     
    Click “Change photo” under the “Your info” section.
     

    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info - Change Photo

  3. Change or Add a Photo
     

    Click “Change photo” or “Add a Photo” under the “Your info” section. You can adjust the zoom level of the picture in your browser by moving the slider to the right or left.
     
    Windows 10 - Account.microsoft.com - Your Info - Change Photo - Add Photo

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Profile Pictures on Windows and Microsoft Accounts

How can I resize a picture before setting it as my profile picture?

To resize an image on Windows, open it using the Paint or Photos app. In Paint, click on “Resize” from the toolbar, choose either “Percentage” or “Pixels”, and input your desired dimensions. In Photos, click on the “Edit & Create” button on the toolbar, select “Edit,” and then adjust the size under “Crop & rotate.”

Are there any restrictions on the file type for the profile picture?

Windows typically supports JPEG, PNG, and BMP formats for profile pictures. Make sure your image file matches these formats to avoid compatibility issues. Other types like GIF or TIFF may not be supported for profile visuals.

How do I remove a profile picture completely, reverting to the default?

To remove a profile picture and revert to the default icon, navigate to the “Your info” section in Windows Settings. Here you will find an option to “Remove” the current picture, after which the default image (typically a silhouette) will be restored.

Can I use my phone's picture as my profile picture on my computer?

To use a picture from your phone, transfer the file to your PC first using a USB cable, via email, or through cloud storage services like OneDrive or Drive. Once transferred, follow the steps in the tutorial for uploading it as your profile picture.

What is the ideal size or resolution for a profile picture on Windows?

The ideal resolution for a Windows profile picture is at least 256×256 pixels to ensure clarity across various displays. Larger images are also acceptable as Windows can scale them down appropriately. Utilizing a square aspect ratio helps ensure the photo displays well across all user interfaces.

What should I do if my new profile picture is not updating across devices?

If your updated profile picture is not showing across devices, ensure that you are connected to the internet. Sometimes synchronization may take time; logging out and then back into your Microsoft account on all devices may expedite this process.

What privacy settings should I be aware of when updating my profile picture?

When updating your profile picture on Microsoft services, be aware that it could be visible on various platforms like Outlook, Teams, or Xbox. You can manage who sees your profile picture through the privacy settings on each specific service or your general Microsoft account privacy settings.

Is there a way to preview my profile picture before saving it?

Both the Microsoft account online interface and the Windows settings on your device allow for a preview of your new profile picture. You can see how it looks in various sizes and adjust its alignment or zoom level before finalizing your selection.

Can I set a GIF as my profile picture on Windows?

Windows does not support animated GIFs for profile pictures. You should use a static image file such as JPEG, PNG, or BMP. If you want to use an image from a GIF, you'll need to extract a frame and save it as a supported file type.

How do I change my profile picture if I'm not the admin on the computer?

Even if you are not the administrator, you can change your user profile picture via the “Accounts” section in the Windows Settings. However, if group policies restrict this action, you will need administrative privileges or assistance from your IT department.

What to do if the “Change picture” option is missing in settings?

If you cannot find the “Change picture” option, it may have been disabled by your system administrator, especially in managed IT environments. Contact your IT support team for assistance or to request the necessary permissions.

How to change the profile picture on Windows if I'm logged in with an Azure AD account?

For Azure AD accounts, your profile picture often depends on your organization's policy and might be managed centrally. Typically, you'll need to update your picture through Office 365 or through the Azure portal, dependent on administrator settings.

Can I revert to my previous profile picture if I change my mind?

If you want to revert to a previously used profile picture, navigate to the same section where you updated the picture. Both Windows and the Microsoft account website maintain a history of used images, allowing you to select from previously uploaded pictures.

How do I know if I'm using a Microsoft account or a local account on Windows 10 or Windows 11?

To check your account type, go to Settings, then Accounts, and click on “Your info“. A Microsoft account shows your email address under your user icon, while a local account will only show “Local account” without an email address.

Can I use a photo taken directly from my webcam as my account picture?

Windows allows you to directly capture a photo using your webcam for use as your account picture. To do this, navigate to the account settings, choose to change your picture, and select the option to capture a photo using your webcam. Follow the prompts to take and apply the new photo.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.
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