What is a Skin?

In Minecraft, a skin is an image that determines what your character looks like in the game.

steve default skin

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What are the Default Skins?

When you start Minecraft for the first time, the game will automatically choose either Steve or Alex as the skin for your character. Here is what Steve and Alex look like:

Skin for Steve

steve skin

Skin for Alex

alex skin

What is a Custom Skin?

Although these Steve and Alex skins are great, you might want to consider changing your skin to something more custom.

Let’s explore the three more common ways to get a custom skin in Minecraft.

1. Skin Pack as Downloadable Content

The first way to get a custom skin in Minecraft is to download a Skin Pack as downloadable content from within the Minecraft game. Not all versions of Minecraft have Skin Packs but you can easily find them in Minecraft PE, Windows 10 Edition, and the console editions (Xbox, PS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch).

Here is a list of the Skin Packs that are currently available as downloadable content in Minecraft:

  • Stranger Things Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
  • Winter Warriors
  • Retrowave
  • Health Foodies
  • Ghost Hunters
  • Festive Foodies
  • Ugah! Ugah!
  • K-Pop: Pink Star
  • Winter Festival Skin Pack
  • The Kingdom
  • Holly Jolly Skin Pack
  • Festive Birdies
  • Mineplex Friends
  • MINECON Earth 2017 Skin Pack
  • Sci-Fi Horror
  • Spookfest
  • InPvP Space Crew Pack
  • The Boo Crew
  • Cute But Spoopy Skin Pack
  • Onesie Skin Pack
  • Spooky Skeleton Skin Pack
  • Lucha Libre
  • Boo!
  • Autumn Festival Skin Pack
  • Mineplex Heroes
  • Foodies
  • Adventure Together
  • Wildlife: Savanna
  • 12 Wonders
  • Freaks and Zombies
  • Emoji Skin Pack
  • Wildlife
  • Sport Heroes
  • Kawaii
  • Circus
  • 8-Bit Minis
  • Steampunk Skin Pack
  • Random Pack
  • Dinosaur Island Characters
  • Back to School Pack
  • Dungeoneers
  • Heroes and Legends
  • Back to School
  • Autumn Bliss
  • Mob Friends Skin Pack
  • Dapper Folk Skin Pack
  • Pet Pack
  • Adventure Time Mash-up
  • Story Mode Skin Pack
  • Adventurer’s Dream Mash-up
  • Battle And Beasts
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Fallout Mash-up
  • Skyrim
  • Halo Mash-up
  • Pastel Skin Pack
  • Greek Mythology Mash-up
  • Chinese Mythology Mash-up
  • Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Prequel Skini Pack
  • Cyber Space Team Pack
  • Power Rangers
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Strangers – Biome Settlers 3
  • Biome Settlers Pack 1
  • Biome Settlers Pack 2
  • Summer Festival Skin Pack
  • Sports Skin Pack
  • Wisteria Grove
  • Kingdom of Torchwall
  • Campfire Tales
  • Villains
  • Survivors Skin Pack
  • Everyday Heroes
  • Team Up!
  • City Folk
  • Town Folk
  • Kings and Paupers Skin Pack
  • Pirates and Fishfolk
  • Journey to the West
  • Redstone Specialists
  • Mini Game Heroes Skin Pack
  • Mini Game Masters Skin Pack
  • Legacy Skin Pack
  • Festive Mash-up 2016
  • Holiday Skin Pack 2015
  • Halloween Mash-up Pack
  • Halloween Costumes

And more are always being added!

2. Download a Skin File from the Internet

The second way to get a custom skin is to find a website that has Minecraft skins, download the skin and then upload the file to your Minecraft account.

3. Design your own Skin

The third way to get a custom skin involves designing your own custom skin image and uploading the file to your Minecraft account. This method is a bit more tricky and requires some experience.

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