How to Set a Picture as a Background on the Start Screen of a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Start Screen Background Picture

A picture as a background on the start screen tiles on a Nokia or Microsoft Lumia looks nice.

And:

It also looks so much nicer than the standard colored tiles.

On this page I will show you step by step how to set a photo as a background on the start screen of a Nokia or Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphone.

But first:

The tiles will fit together like puzzle pieces to display the full image or in Windows 10 Mobile you can also set the image on the background, so that the tiles become transparent.

This feature came with the Windows Phone 8.1 update and it's also available on Windows 10 Mobile smartphones.

These steps will work for all Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones such as Nokia and Microsoft Lumia 435, 520, 530, 532, 535, 550, 620, 625, 630, 635, 638, 640, 650, 720, 730, 735, 830, 920, 925, 930, 950, 950 XL, 1020, 1320, 1520 and all other types.

Also read: How to Set & Use Mp3 as a Ringtone on a Nokia Lumia

And now:

Set a Background Picture on the Start Screen of a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Lumia with Windows Phone 8.1

1 Open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 & 8.1 Settings

2 Tap on "start + theme".

3 Go to "Start background".

4 Tap on "choose photo".

5 Tap on the photo you want to set as the background image.

6 You might get the option to crop the picture. This option appears when the image size is bigger than your phone's screen size. You can do this by moving (swiping) the pic to the left, right, top or bottom and then tap on the checkmark button located at the bottom of the screen.

Nokia Lumia 520 Crop Background

7 Close settings and the image will be saved as the new start screen tiles background on your Nokia or Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone.

Lumia with Windows 10 Mobile

Method 1

1 Open "Photos".

2 Tap on the photo that you want to use as your new background.

3 Tap on the 3 dots ... (bottom right).

If you don't see the three dots, then tap on the picture.

4 Tap on "Set as" and choose "Set as background".

Set Picture as Windows 10 Mobile Start Screen Background

5 You might get the option to crop the picture. This option appears when the photo size is bigger than your phone's screen size. You can crop a image by moving (swiping) the pic to the left, right, top or bottom and then tap on the checkmark button located at the bottom.

Method 2

1 Open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile Settings

2 Tap on "Personalization".

3 Tap on "Start".

4 Tap on the bar located under "Background" and choose between:

Change Background Start Screen Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

5 Tap on the "Browse" button.

6 Go to the picture that you want use.

7 Tap on the photo.

8 You might get the option to crop the picture. This option appears when the image size is bigger than your phone's screen size. You can do this by moving (swiping) the pic to the left, right, top or bottom and then tap on the checkmark button located at the bottom of the screen.

9 At "Choose style" you can choose between:

10 Close settings and the image will be saved as the new start screen tiles background on your Nokia or Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile smartphone.

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