How to Upload Pictures to Xbox One from a Phone. Tips and Tricks

Many of you have wanted to know how to upload pictures to Xbox one from your phone. In this post, we will try to share some solutions to this issue.

The Xbox One was released back in 2013. It was one of the most popular gaming consoles back in the day. Microsoft added various features to this console. And users started to customize their Xbox to their liking from the get-go.

For instance, many users wanted to use their own screen background. However, there were no specific instructions from Microsoft on how to do that. Also, some of you might want to upload pictures from your phone to your Xbox One but don’t know how.

If that is the case for you, don’t worry. Because we are going to tell multiple ways to accomplish that. So, let’s begin…

Methods of uploading pictures to Xbox One from your Phone

There are many ways you can transfer photos from your phone to your Xbox One. We will try to share all of the effective methods in this section.

Remember, we can’t ensure that all of these methods work each time you try them. So we advise you to try as many of the methods as you need to until you find the one that works best for you.

Using OneDrive

OneDrive is a personal cloud storage facility from Microsoft. You can normally get up to 5 GB of free storage space if you use a free account on OneDrive.

To use this method to access your phone’s photos on your Xbox One, you will have to have a OneDrive account.

How to upload pictures to Xbox one from phone

Let’s say you have a OneDrive account already. Now, you will have to upload all the photos or videos you want to access on your Xbox One to that account from your phone.

Now, go to your Xbox One and open the OneDrive app there. So sign in using the login credentials of the account you have just uploaded the photos on.

Once you have signed in to your OneDrive account from your Xbox One, you will find all the photos and videos you have just uploaded there. So you can download or save any photos you want to from OneDrive to your Xbox One.

Use AirPlay for your iPhone

If you are an iPhone user and want to watch your phone’s pictures using the Xbox One, you can easily use the mirror feature. Yes, in this method, you can cast your iPhone’s screen on Xbox One and enjoy all of your photos and videos on your iPhone.

However, using this method, you cannot permanently transfer the photos or videos from your iPhone to Xbox One.

You will need to connect your iPhone and your Xbox One to the same Wi-Fi network. Then tap on the ‘AirPlay’ icon on your iPhone, and it will show you the list of the available devices. From the list, you need to select your Xbox One.

Now, you will see that your iPhone’s screen mirrors the TV/monitor your Xbox One is connected to. So you can now enjoy all the photos and videos on your iPhone via the Xbox One.

Google Drive

Most probably, you are already very familiar with Google Drive. This is one of the most popular and most used cloud storage platforms. As the name suggests, it is a product of Google.

So like OneDrive, you can store files like your videos, photos, documents, and more on the cloud using Google Drive.

If you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Drive. Google offers 15 GB of free storage per account. You can increase the storage space by paying particular subscription fees to Google.

Now, let’s learn how to use Google Drive to transfer pictures from your phone to your Xbox One. First, you will need to upload all the photos from your phone to your Google Drive account via the Google Photos app.

Next, install the Google Drive or Google Photos app on your Xbox One. Then sign in to your own Google account on which you have just uploaded all the photos. You will now find all the pictures and files on your Xbox One. And if you want, you can also download them on your Xbox One.

Media Server (If You Have Samsung Galaxy Smartphones)

This particular method will not work for all types of smartphones. However, it does work on Samsung Galaxy phones. Even if you have other phones, you can also try to follow this one. Here’s how to do this one.

First, you will need to connect your Xbox One and your phone to the same Wi-Fi network. Now, you have to go to the Settings menu on your phone. From there, select the ‘Nearby Devices’ option. After that, you will see a media server running on your phone.

Next, you must go to the Media Player app on your Xbox One. From there, you can check out the photos or videos on your phone on your Xbox One. You can even play music as well. Next, if you want to save photos, simply press the menu button on your controller and save them from there.

Media Server (If You Are Using an iPhone)

Above, we have shown how to stream your phone’s media files to your Xbox One. Now, we will talk about how to do the same on your iPhone. In this case, you have to use 3rd party streaming apps. Or else, you can give AirPlay a try.

However, we will talk about another app named ArkMC Pro. This is a media server app you can install from the App Store. So, install the app on your iOS device. Then you have to connect your iOS device and your Xbox One to the same Wi-Fi network.

After that, follow the instructions on the app, and you can transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to your Xbox One.

USB Stick

You know that you can connect a USB stick to your Xbox One. So if you want to transfer any pictures from your phone to your Xbox One, you can first transfer the files to your computer.

Then you have to transfer those files from your computer to the USB stick or memory card. Then plug in the USB stick to your Xbox One.

Remember, the first time you connect the USB stick to your Xbox One, it will ask you to format it. So do it for the first time. Later, you will not have to do that anymore.

Now, when you have connected your USB Stick to your Xbox One, you can open the Media Player app on your Xbox One and browse all the files from your USB stick. Next, you can transfer any photos you want from your USB stick to the Xbox One.

Direct USB Connection

This is another method of transferring pictures from your phone to your Xbox One. However, it doesn’t work most of the time.

Still, you can give it a try. In this method, you must use a USB cable to connect your phone to your Xbox One. And then, you will need to use the Media Player app on your Xbox to copy or move the photos you need to.

If this method doesn’t work for you. Then you can try an alternative option.  First, connect your phone and Xbox One to the same Wi-Fi network.

Next, you must connect the phone to your Xbox One using a USB cable. After that, open the Xbox app on your phone. Then you need to tap on the Connect option and a few options will appear. You have to select Xbox One from the list.

After that, you will have to select the option named USB. And you will be able to transfer the files you want to.

Xbox One App

Now we will share another method of uploading photos from your phone to Xbox One. In this method, we will use the Xbox One app. Let’s learn how to do this…

Steps to Follow

  • First of all, you need to install the Xbox app on your phone
  • Next, open the Xbox app and sign in with the same Microsoft account you are using on your  Xbox One
  • After that, you have to go to the Photos tile. From there, you will have to select the particular photos you want to transfer and select the Upload option

USB Flash Drive

Here is another way of transferring files from your phone to your Xbox One via a USB flash drive. First, you will need to connect your phone to your PC. Then copy all the photos you want to transfer from your phone to the PC.

After that, you must connect your USB flash drive to your PC. Next, you have to format the USB flash drive. After that, you will have to create a new folder named ‘Games’ on the USB flash drive.

Next, transfer the particular photos you want to move to Xbox One from your PC to the ‘Games’ folder on your USB flash drive. After that, simply plug the USB flash drive into your Xbox One. And you can copy or move the files to your Xbox One from there.

NFC

NFC stands for “Near Field Communication”. This is a technology with which you can easily transfer files from one device to another.

However, not every device has NFC. So if your phone has NFC, you can use this method. Also, you will have to have the latest software installed on your Xbox One. If that is the case, you can try this method of transferring files from your phone to Xbox One via NFC.

FAQ

We have already discussed several methods of transferring photos from your phone to your Xbox One. We will now answer some very common questions regarding Xbox One file transfer in this section.

  • How Do You Put A Custom Background on Xbox One?

Many people want to change the default background on their Xbox One. Here we will share a little trick you can use to change the default background on your Xbox One.

First, you have to transfer the specific photo you want to set as your Xbox’s background to your Xbox One. To do that, you can follow any of the methods described above. Next, you have to just set the image as your new background.

  • How to change your Xbox One gamerpic?

There are several ways to change the gamerpic on your Xbox One console. We will talk about them one by one here. So let’s go…

Steps to Follow

  • First and foremost, press the Xbox button on your gamepad
  • Next, you will have to select the Profile & System option from there
  • After that, you will have to select your profile  and navigate to the My Profile option
  • After that, you have to select the Customize profile option
  • Next, you need to select the ‘Change Gamerpic’ option
  • Now, you will find several selections to choose from as your gamerpic
  • Also, you can select the ‘Take a picture of my avatar’ or ‘Upload a custom image’ option as well

Remember, if you use the ‘Upload a customized image’, you can upload any images from any connected devices to your Xbox One.

So, simply select the image and select the ‘Upload’ option from there. To be noted, the image must be at least 1080 x 1080 pixels.

Use Your Avatar as Your Gamerpic

  • You have to launch the Xbox Avatar Editor app
  • Then you need to select the Photobooth option
  • Then you can customize the avatar as you would like
  • Finally, select  the ‘Save as gamerpic’ option and you will be good to go

Change Your Xbox gamerpic using your Phone

Yes, you can change your Xbox One gamerpic from your smartphone as well. For that, you will need to install the Xbox App on your phone first. Then sign in to the app using the same Microsoft account you use on your Xbox One. Then, simply follow the steps down below.

Steps to Follow

  • Open the Xbox app on your phone
  • Next, you will have to tap on the gamerpic icon from the bottom of the screen and go to the Profile tab
  • After that, you will ha to select the Edit icon that will be next to the gamerpic at the top of the screen
  • Now, you will have two options such as ‘To use a gamerpic from the library’ and ‘To upload a custom gamerpic’
  • If you want to use the first option, ‘ To use a gamerpic from the library, then you will find a number of available images. So select one of them and tap on Save
  • Otherwise, if you select the ‘ upload a custom gamerpic’, then you will need to go to the photo library icon
  • Next, you will have to select a photo from your phone. You can also crop the photo by pinching and dragging the circle
  • After that,  if you have customized the photo the way you wanted to, tap on the Upload button and you are good to go

Remember, you cannot use random offensive images as your gamerpic on your Xbox One console. So follow the standard rules the Xbox Safety Team appointed while using a custom gamerpic on your Xbox One.

  • How to cast the screen from your Phone to Xbox One?

There are many ways to cast your phone’s screen to your Xbox One. But we will share a simple way to do so.

First, you must install a good casting app on your phone. Then go to the main menu of your Xbox One. After that, you have to select the Cast option from there.

How to upload pictures to Xbox one from phone

Next, you must turn on the ‘Allow SmartGlass connections to this console’ option. Next, you can use the casting app on your phone to cast the phone screen to your Xbox One.

  • Can you transfer files from the phone to Xbox One?

Yes, you can transfer files to your Xbox One from your phone. To do this, you need to connect your phone to your Xbox One via USB cable.

Then open the Files app on your Xbox One. You can browse the files on your phone and copy or move them to your Xbox One.

  • Can you transfer Videos from your phone to Xbox One?

You can also transfer videos from your phone to your Xbox One. There are many easy ways to do so. We have already shared a lot of methods in this article. You can follow those methods.

Also, you can connect your phone to your Xbox One via a USB cable. Next, you must open the Videos app on your Xbox One console. And from there, you can copy and transfer videos from your phone to Xbox One.

Final Lines

Xbox One has a lot of features. And as a power user, you might want to customize and get the best out of the console. So you might have wanted to transfer photos from your phone to your Xbox One.

To solve the issues, we have written this post covering several ways to upload pictures to Xbox One from your phone.

Now it is your turn to follow the tutorials and accomplish that. In addition, we have also answered some frequently asked questions about this topic.

We hope you have found this post helpful. In that case, you can share this post with others. And if you have any further questions, you can let us know in the comments below.

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