Minecraft is known for the extent to which players can customize their experience: they can create custom skins down to the pixel, 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 the same level of full customization, there are ways they can use custom skins, similar to Java Edition players. However, they can only set custom skins via images on mobile 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 any of the popular skin sharing websites for the game. For this example, Skindex was used here. They must find a skin they want to use and download it, or they can create their own from scratch.
2) Go to the dressing room
Players will need to start the game and navigate to the dressing 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 edit an existing skin or remove a selection and make 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 cannot be further edited. The player must then press the “Create Character” button again.
5) Wear your own masks
Players should look near the middle of the screen, where there should be a “Own Skins” section, one of the options is an all-gray, blank skin. They should hit this option, which should change the text on the right side of the screen and add a button that says “Choose New Skin.”
Players must press this button, which will open a file browser for an image file.
6) Use the file browser to select the custom downloaded skin
Players must use this file browser to select their custom created or downloaded skin. Once the file is uploaded, they will be prompted to select a skin type, either thin or wide. Once an option has been selected, the previously blank skin preview should update 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 and return 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 custom skin. While this isn’t as personalized as importing a skin that’s been created pixel by pixel, it allows players to put their own personal touches on their character by using off-the-shelf items.
1) Go to the dressing room
As with the previous method, players will need to go to their dressing room, as that is the place that allows for customization of each and every character.
2) Select a slot
Once in the locker room, players should have a total of five different character slots that they can choose from. They must either browse for an empty space or remove one of the pre-existing characters to make room for a new one.
3) Create a character
Once an empty slot is available for players to use, they must press the “Create Character” button. This will give them a prompt to create a character or use a classic skin. The latter option will allow players to use either a custom imported skin or a full-body market skin.
Make sure “character” is selected, then press the “Create Character” button.
4) Customize the skin
After pressing the “Create Character” button, players will access the menu where they can customize the skin or outfit. They should go through each option to make sure everything is how they want it for their new variant. Once they are done, they can simply back out of these menus and the changes will be saved automatically.