Photos + camera

Personalize my phone with my photos

Some snapshots are so great you just can't get enough of them. And Windows Phone provides lots of ways to celebrate your best shots. You can add them to your Favorites in the Photos app, or use them to decorate your Start and lock screens.

Start screen background on Windows Phone 8.1
Choose a photo to use as your background on Start

Note

This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.

To add a photo to Favorites

  1. On Start Start button, tap Photos Photos icon.

  2. Find a photo and tap to open it.

  3. Tap Favorite Not favorite icon. (You can tap Favorite Favorite icon again to remove the photo from your Favorites.)

Tip

Want to quickly add more than one photo to Favorites? In the Photos Hub, tap Select Select icon, tap the photos you want to add, then tap Favorite Not favorite icon.

To personalize your Photos Tile

Windows Phone 8.1 brings new options for the animated Photos Tile on your Start screen.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon. Swipe over to Applications, and then tap Photos + camera.

  2. Under Start Tile shows, do one of the following:

    • Tap All photos to see some of the photos saved on your phone.
    • Tap Favorite photos to see some of the photos you've marked as favorites.
    • Tap Single photo to display the photo of your choice. (To pick the photo, tap Choose photo.)

Tip

Tap Shuffle now to change the mix of photos shown on your Start Tile.

To pin your favorites to Start

  1. On Start Start button, tap Photos Photos icon.

  2. Swipe over to Favorites.

  3. Tap More More icon, and then tap Pin to start.

Tips

  • You can pin other albums to Start, too—even online albums. Go to Photos Photos icon > Albums, tap and hold the album you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.
  • Want to use a photo as the background on the lock screen? Find and open the one you want, Tap More More icon, and then tap Set as lock screen.
  • You can use a photo as the background on your Start screen, too. To learn more, see Personalize my Start screen and theme color.

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