Trying to figure out if I can change the color of my Microsoft Band display from the boring solid purple background that it comes with. What’s the secret to changing the wallpaper, Dave?
Another Microsoft Band owner. We are the few, the proud at this point, I think, but at least Microsoft’s figured out whatever gummed up the works in the supply chain, causing the product to be out of stock from mid-December until mid-March. Maybe it was them realizing that Apple’s new Watch would be going on sale in just a few weeks so they needed to push their product out the door. So far, so good, though: I hear from the Microsoft folk that they can’t keep the Band in stock they’re selling so fast.
And they are darn flexible and configurable, I’m glad to report. In fact, with its bright color screen, the Microsoft Band has a lot of different appearances you can set up. Do the math: 10 background colors and 12 wallpaper designs means that there are 120 different combinations. Not bad for a simple watch!
But let’s get into it. First off, here’s my default Microsoft Band color scheme:
Not too thrilling. To change the color scheme, you need to use the app on your smart phone. It’s not something that can be done on the Band itself, which is important to know.
In the Microsoft Health app (why they don’t just call it “The Band App” or something escapes me), tap on the tiny Band icon on the top right to get here:
You’ll notice I’m using my Microsoft Band with an Apple iPhone. Kudos to Microsoft: The Band works great with Android and iPhone devices, it’s not just wedded to Windows Phone devices.
Tap on “Personalize Band” to update the color scheme.
As you can see, it shows the current configuration (well, my photo makes the purple band look more blue, but yes, they are in sync if you could see it in real life).
To change the color, tap on the solid purple color box under the word “Color”.
Here are your choices:
As far as I can tell, there’s nothing special about Essentials vs Active. It’s just a color grouping.
I like the orange, color #2 under the “Active” section, so I’ll tap on it.
Now go back and tap on the “Wallpaper” options to see what you can select:
Notice that they’re all shown in orange, matching the color I’ve selected. Some of these are a bit busy for my tastes, but you might try them on the MSFT Band itself to see how they look.
I make my choice and the info is sent to the Band from the iPhone app:
This takes just a few seconds. Well, 20-30 seconds.
In any case, quickly thereafter my Microsoft Band has taken on a cheery new appearance:
I like it!