October 3 2019

How to Change Minecraft Skin

If you’re bored of the same old default skin in Minecraft, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s guide, we’ll be discussing how to change your skin in Minecraft. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing on a high-end gaming PC or prefer rocking the pocket/console edition.

This way, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of skins to spice things up a little in the game. After all, Minecraft has been out for over a decade and so we’re fairly bored of using the same old default Steve skin.

The good news is that changing your skin in Minecraft is a very simple process that slightly differs from one platform to another. Let’s start off with how to change your skin in Minecraft desktop edition, shall we?

Related: How to teleport in Minecraft

How to Change Skins in Minecraft Desktop Edition (Java)

Minecraft desktop edition is probably one of, if not the, best version of Minecraft that you can currently purchase. This is due to the fact that you can mod and customize almost everything in this fantastic open-world game.

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Changing your skin in Minecraft for PC is also a very simple process and can be done in less than 10 minutes. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Navigate to a third-party Minecraft skin website such as Minecraft Skins
  2. Scroll or search for a skin of your choice
  3. Click on the Download button
  4. Head on over to minecraft.netย 
  5. Click on the Menu icon and select Profile
  6. Log in to the Mojang account associated with your Minecraft profile
  7. Select Skin from the left-hand menu
  8. Click on the “Select a File” button under Upload Custom Skin (2.)
  9. Head to the Downloads folder and select the file you previously downloaded
  10. Click on the Upload button to upload your chosen skin

How to Reset Your Skin in Minecraft for PC

Want to change back to the default skin again? No problem! Resetting your skin in Minecraft desktop edition (Java) only takes a few moments.

  1. Head on over to the official Minecraft website
  2. Click on the Menu button and select Profile
  3. Log in to your Mojang account
  4. Select Skin from the left-hand menu
  5. Click on the Reset Your Skin button at the bottom of the page

There you have it. If you wish to change your Minecraft skin again, just repeat the process from above using a third-party website.

How to Change Skins in Minecraft Pocket Edition

Although Minecraft pocket edition doesn’t give you the full Minecraft experience, it’s great for kids and gamers on-the-move. But how do you change your skin in Minecraft PE?

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Well, it’s actually very similar to changing your skin in the desktop version.

  1. Head to a third-party Minecraft skins website on your mobile device. You could also use Minecraft Skins for this step
  2. Search for a skin you’d like to use
  3. Click on the Download button
  4. Open Minecraft PE and select the coat hanger icon to the right-hand side of your screen
  5. Under Default, click on the blank skin icon (top left of the screen)
  6. Click on the “Choose New Skin” button to open your photos
  7. Select the Minecraft skin file you downloaded earlier
  8. Choose the correct model type for your chosen skin
  9. Click Confirm

Reverting your skin back to default “Steve” is done by repeating the process we described for desktops.

How to Change Skins in Minecraft on Console

Changing your skin in Minecraft on a console is a very different process compared to the desktop and pocket versions. First of all, you can’t choose, download and then apply the skins as you would on the desktop and pocket editions of the game.

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Instead, you must choose from a selection of skins available on consoles:

  1. Open Minecraft on your favorite console
  2. On the main menu select Help and Options > Change Skin
  3. Choose your favorite skin from the menu to the left of the screen
  4. Select the skin using A or X to apply it to your character

Reverting back to the default skin is also done differently. Just navigate to the “Change Skin” menu and pick the starter option.


Changing your skin in Minecraft is a very quick and simple process that differs between platforms. We hope that you managed to change your skin with ease using our handy step-by-step guide. If you didn’t, feel free to leave us a comment below and we will further assist you.

Can’t decide which skin to choose? Why not take a quick peek at our guide to the best Minecraft skins? We’ve included some fun and quirky skins that you can download using this simple guide. Also, we have very useful guides on how to tame a horse and how to teleport in Minecraft, so check that out as well.

If you like Minecraft but aren’t 100% dedicated to it, why not check out other awesome sandbox games that we reviewed.


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Courtenay Smith