The Windows 10 Minecraft version supports skins and texture packs like its Java counterpart. Modding the look of Minecraft is something users love to do and there are texture packs that can dramatically change how the game looks. Here’s how you can install skins and texture packs on Minecraft Windows 10 UWP.
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
Compatible Packs & Skins
Before you install skins and texture packs on Minecraft Windows 10 UWP, it is important to know that the packs for the Java version are not compatible with the UWP version. Unfortunately, this means a good portion of some of the best, free packs cannot be used with the UWP app. It’s yet another reason that more users stick to the Java version.
To find compatible packs, check the usual repositories and read their descriptions. If a pack states that it will work on the Windows 10 version, you can download it and try installing it. Skins are just PNG files so you will not have any trouble finding them for the Windows 10 version.
Minecraft Windows 10 Game Folder
Assuming you’ve found a texture pack that is compatible with the Windows 10 version, here’s how you can install it. The pack most likely came as a zipped file. Extract it to your desktop.
Next, open the following location in File Explorer.
C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang
The texture pack that you’ve extracted goes into the folder named ‘Resource_packs’. It is one of the folders present in the above location. Paste the extracted folder here and Minecraft will be able to access it.
Next, you need to enable the texture pack. Open Minecraft and click Settings. Scroll down the left column, and click on Global Resources. Here, you will see a list of active, and available texture packs and it should include the one you moved to the resource_packs folder.
Select it, and click the Plus button to enable it. At any given time, you can have more than one texture pack enabled.
If a texture pack doesn’t appear, it’s likely incompatible with this version of Minecraft.
Find and download a skin for Minecraft. It’s going to download as a single PNG file. In some cases there may be more than one PNG file and each file will be a different variation of the same skin. For example, different colors of the same skin.
You can save the PNG file anywhere but it’s a good idea to place it somewhere it won’t accidentally be deleted.
Open Minecraft and click the little wirehanger icon under your avatar on the start screen. This will take you to the customize skin screen. In the Default box, click the avatar outline, and click the ‘Choose New Skin’ button in the Custom box.
Select the PNG file you downloaded, and the skin will be applied.