How to view pictures and slideshows on your Xbox 360 console

Note As of November 15, 2015, the Zune service has been discontinued. This may cause errors when attempting to stream or download content or update the service.

Overview

This article describes how to view pictures or a slideshow on your Xbox 360 console, and how to set a picture as the Xbox 360 Dashboard background.

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Supported files and media

The Xbox 360 console can read JPEG, BMP, and PNG files from the following sources:

  • A portable device connected to your console by USB (for example, a USB flash drive)
  • A computer on your home network
  • A CD or DVD
  • A digital camera connected to your console by a USB cable.

Note Not all devices, networks, and CD/DVD media are supported. If one source doesn’t work, try another. For example, if your Xbox 360 console can’t display images that are on a USB flash drive, try a different USB flash drive or copying the photos to a CD or a DVD.

You can stream pictures over your home network to your Xbox 360 console by using Windows Media Player, the Zune Music + Video software, or Microsoft Windows Media Center Extender. For more information, see Stream media using Movies & TV, or Windows Media Player with Xbox 360.

View pictures or images on your Xbox 360 console

To view pictures or images on your Xbox 360 console, follow these steps:

  1. Select apps, My Apps, and then Picture Viewer.
  2. Select the source where the pictures or images are located.
The Select Source screen on Xbox 360 with ‘Portable Device’ highlighted
  1. Select the picture or image that you want to view, and then press the A button.

View a slideshow on your Xbox 360 console

To start a slideshow, follow these steps:

  1. Select apps, My Apps, and then Picture Viewer.
  2. Select the source where the pictures or images are located.
  3. Select Play Slideshow.
The Portable Device screen on Xbox 360 with ‘Play Slideshow’ highlighted

If you push the left thumbstick in any direction while you’re playing a slideshow, you’ll see a control panel displaying the following options:

  • Pause
  • Go to Previous Image
  • Stop - Exits the slideshow
  • Go to Next Image
  • Turn Slideshow Shuffle On or Off - Turning the shuffle option on displays pictures in random order.
  • Turn Slideshow Repeat On or Off - Turning repeat on repeats the slideshow.
  • Rotate Image Clockwise
  • Rotate Image Counter-Clockwise

Set a picture or an image as the Xbox 360 Dashboard background

To set a picture or an image as the Xbox 360 Dashboard background, follow these steps:

  1. Select apps, select My Apps, and then select Picture Viewer.
  2. Select the source where the pictures or images are located.
  3. Select the picture that you want, and then press the Y button.
  4. Select Yes to confirm that you want to set the picture as the Xbox 360 Dashboard background.
    Note If you want to change the background picture, repeat steps 1-4.
A screen asks if you want to set the picture as the background and includes options for Yes and No, which is highlighted.

Notes

  • You can set a different picture as the background for the Xbox 360 Dashboard for each profile. Remember: If you do not see the background that you expect, you may be signed in to the wrong profile.
  • You can reset the background entirely by selecting an Xbox theme. To select an Xbox theme, follow these steps:
    1. Sign in to your profile.
    2. Select Social, and then select your avatar.
    3. Select Change Theme, and then select the theme you want.

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