Windows 8: Set the Live Tile Picture for the Photos App

   Posted March 22, 2012 by Lê Hoàng in Windows 8

The Photos app tile in Windows 8 cycles through your pictures by default. However, many users will have images that they do not want displayed on the Metro screen. Likewise, the rapidly changing tile can be distracting. By following these steps, you can set an image for the Photo applications’s tile.

In Windows 8 the Live tile feature helps users track the changes inside the Metro apps. While most of the Live tiles can not be changed, the Live tile of the Photos app can be modified by users to display their favorite image.

1. Open the Photos Metro app. You can launch it from the Start screen, or you can search and launch it from the Search result page.

2. From the Photos app screen, choose the album that contains the picture that you want to set as the Live tile.

3. When the photo album is open, click on the photo you want. You will then be taken to the photo view mode.

4. While in the Photo view mode, right-click on the picture. A menu will pop up at the bottom of the screen. Choose Set as app tile.

5. Switch back to the Start screen. The Photos app’s live tile will be changed immediately.

6. If you can not see the change, make sure the Live tile mode of the Photo tile is turned on. You can check this by right-clicking on the tile and see if the Live tile option is on or not.


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  • Spencer Webb

    Nice the window-8 is very interesting metro application and modified by users to display their favorite image.

  • patrick

    is there any way to hide certain folders or apps from displaying? i like the fact that it cycles through pics, but i would like to not display pics from certain folders, like my wallpaper folder and pictures of fat nugs.

    • autovajiin

      > it’s easy just open your photo app, and browse your favourite folder with it, and go back to start screen with windows button, done !

  • roger

    i made a picture to be the live tile by mistake how do i changed so that it goes back to how it was before with all the pictures popping up on the start screen

    • Gees


      • Gees

        Found it. Go to photo app. Open settings by pointing to top right corner and clicking settings and then click options.

        • roy

          thanks for your posting
          that help me full

        • wendy

          > I thank you also for your post. I was going crazy trying to figure out how to shuffle my pictures again after I accidentally did the same thing.

    • Karrie

      I did the same thing and need to know how to make it cycle again

  • rus

    how can i restore the default background in photos? the blue ferris wheel pic? thanks.. i dunno how.

  • Computer technician Perth

    this is a nice feature but why can we not default to a folder instead of a single, non rotating image?

  • agnes

    my picture tile shows only the picture library, the facebook pictures and sky drive icon have gone. How do I restore them?