How to Change Your Windows 11 Account Picture

When you sign in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account, your photo syncs to the PC. But you might want to change the picture. Here’s how.

When you set up a Windows 11 PC with a Microsoft account, it assigns your online account’s profile image to it. On the other hand, adding a local user account will create a generic image. But you might want to mix things up and change your account picture to something more personal. Here’s how to do it.

Change Windows 11 Account Picture

Note: You need to have an Administrator or Standard account to change a photo. Also, the steps for changing an account image are the same for local, and Microsoft accounts via Settings.

To begin, click on the Start button and then click Settings. Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open the Settings app directly.

tart Settings Windows 11

Next, click on the Accounts option from the list on the left.

Accounts windows 11

On the following screen, under the “Accounts” section, click on Your Info.

accounts Your Info windows 11

You have two options to add a new photo under the “Adjust Your Photo” section. You can click the Open Camera button to use your webcam to take a shot. Or you can click the Browse Files button and navigate to the location of the photo you want to use.


In the example below, I am browsing to a location of a photo of my dog that I want to switch the account picture too. Whatever photo you want to use, browse to it, highlight it, and click the Choose Picture button.

select-new-windows-11 account-photo

Your account photo will be changed right away, and you can enjoy the new look of your sign-in experience.

sign into Windows 11

Change Your Windows 11 Account Photo Online

To change your account photo online, head to the Microsoft Account Profile page and log in if you aren’t already. Under the “Your Info” section, click the Change Photo button.


Next, click the “Add a Photo” link.

Navigate to the image you want to use and adjust it on the screen. When you are finished, click the Save button.

adjust photo and save microsoft account

That’s all there is to it. Your new account photo will sync across Windows 11 devices you use your Microsoft account to sign in.

For more on the new OS from Microsoft, check out our article on moving the Start menu to the left. Or take a look at using the improved Virtual Desktops feature on Windows 11.

1 Comment

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  1. ironhand41

    I already have a account picture; it’s the Disney character Goofy. But my questions is “where is this icon or image “located”? I can’t find it anywhere. But there it is, every time I log on–Goofy’s odd smile greeting me. But “Accounts > Your info” doesn’t actually give me the LOCATION of the Goofy icon.

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