Minecraft is known for the extent to which players can customize their experience: they can create custom skins down to the pixel level, and even obtain or create resource packs that replace all textures and sounds in the game. However, this customization is best represented by Java Edition.
While Bedrock Edition players don’t get that same level of full customization, there are ways to use custom skins, similar to Java Edition players. However, they can only set custom skins via images on mobile devices or the PC version of Bedrock.
A guide to importing and using custom skins in Minecraft Bedrock Edition
1) Download or create a skin
The first thing players will need to do is navigate to one of the game’s popular skin sharing websites. For this example, Skindex was used here. They have to find a skin they want to use and download it, or they can create their own from scratch.
2) Go to the locker room
Players will need to launch the game and access the locker room, as this is the menu they can use to customize their skin in-game.
3) Select a slot
There are up to five character slots that players have access to. They can either modify an existing skin or delete a selection and create a new one.
4) Create a character
If players intend to create a new skin, they will need to press the “Create Character” button on an empty skin slot. They will then need to select the second option, which is a classic skin – a full body texture that can no longer be changed. Then the player should press the “Create character” button again.
5) Use possessed skins
Players should look towards the middle of the screen, where there should be an “Owned Skins” section, with one of the options being a totally gray and blank skin. They should click on this option, which should change the text on the right side of the screen, and add a button that says “Choose a new skin”.
Players need to press this button, which will open a file browser for an image file.
6) Use the file browser to select the downloaded custom skin
Players should use this file browser to select their custom created or uploaded skin. Once the file is uploaded, they will be prompted to select a skin type, thin or wide. Once an option has been selected, the previously blank skin preview should be updated to the custom skin.
7) Exit menus
Once the skin is equipped and its preview appears on the right side of the screen, players can simply navigate out of the Dressing Room menu back to the home screen. They can then play Minecraft with their custom skin equipped.
Customize a pre-existing skin
There is also a different way for Bedrock players to get a more personalized skin. Although not as personalized as importing a skin created pixel by pixel, it allows players to put their own personal touch on their character using items available on the market.
1) Go to the locker room
As with the previous method, players will need to go to their locker room, as this is the location that allows for all character customization.
2) Select a slot
Once in the locker room, players should have a grand total of five different character slots to choose from. They must navigate, search for an empty slot, or delete one of the pre-existing characters to make way for a new one.
3) Create a character
Once there is an empty slot available for players, they must press the “Create Character” button. This will give them a prompt to create a character or use a classic skin. This last option will allow players to use a custom imported skin or a full market skin.
Make sure “character” is selected, then press the “Create character” button.
4) Customize the skin
After clicking the “Create Character” button, players will be taken to the menu where they can customize the skin or outfit. They have to go through each option to make sure everything is the way they want their new variant to be. Once they’re done, they can simply exit these menus and the changes will be automatically saved.