How to remove a custom background on Xbox

Wondering how to remove a custom background on Xbox? The October 2020 Xbox system update has landed, bringing a fresh new look to users’ Home Screens. So fresh, in fact, that some might want to remove custom backgrounds to make the most of it. Here’s how to get rid of a customized theme on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S.

Xbox Custom Backgrounds | How to remove in 2020

How to remove a custom background on Xbox

The ability to use custom background images on Xbox — be it a screenshot, achievement art, or a personal image file — is undoubtedly cool. It can get a little bit boring to see the same old background picture whenever using the Home screen, however, which is where deleting a custom background can inject some variety. After the latest update, if no custom background is set, the Xbox will display artwork from recently played games instead.

Here’s how to remove a custom background on Xbox:

  1. Boot up the Xbox console and press the Xbox button on a connected controller.
  2. Within the Guide menu, navigate to the “Profile & System” tab and select the “Settings” option.
  3. Under “General” settings, select the “Personalization” option.
  4. Select “My color & background” before choosing “Remove custom background” from the list.

The custom Xbox background will now be gone. Instead, the Xbox console will automatically display recently played game art to spice things up a little.

October’s Xbox update paves the way for the upcoming Xbox Series X and Series S systems, patching Xbox One machines to feature the same UI experience. While the PS5 UI  (unveiled during Sony’s most recent State of Play) will be exclusive to that hardware, Microsoft is continuing to support Xbox One as per it’s more fluid stance on console generations.

That said, although Xbox One users are getting a taste of the new user interface, they will be missing out on several benefits unique to Xbox Series S and Series X by not upgrading. Perhaps the most notable change is the faster internal SSD storage, which can also be increased with the purchase of a 1TB expansion card. Unfortunately, 1TB is the largest capacity available at the tme of writing.