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I have changed my Minecraft skin and now I feel a bit nostalgic. I have tried to find a solution to this already but all I can find is possible "Steve skins" on the various skin websites. I want the original skin exactly as it would be if I created a new account.

I also can't seem to find anything on the Mojang account preferences to reset this back to its original state.

How can I change back to the original Steve skin?

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Do the Steve skins not look exactly the same as the original? –  Simon M Aug 19 '14 at 9:39
I believe there used to be (don't know if there still is) an option to revert your skin to Steve I'm Minecraft.net –  Ben Aug 19 '14 at 9:50
I know it wouldn't look right in the question title, but the name is actually spelt "Steve?", question mark included. –  Zibbobz Aug 19 '14 at 13:08
@Zibbobz i can't find any reference to that anywhere, even on the mojang website when they mension steve it is just "Steve" –  Flaunting Aug 19 '14 at 13:12
I think a more useful title for those finding this question with a search would be something more like "How do I remove my Minecraft skin?" –  Keavon Aug 19 '14 at 22:07

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Simple Fix

Navigate to the minecraft profile page and click the "reset" button under "reset your skin".

(As pointed out by @Quinte in his answer)


You can get the Steve Skin on Minecraft.net

  1. Log in, go to Profile
  2. Download the reference skin
  3. Upload the reference skin

In this case you will have a Steve skin.


Uploading the reference skin still counts as there being a skin, because, well, it is there. The problem here is that skins uploaded to the skin server take precedence over skins included in Resource Packs (e.g. the default skin in Sphax PureBDCraft).

Unfortunately there's no way to remove the skin from the skin-server completely.


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Unfortunately that is what i want is for it to be completely back to "factory settings" as it were –  Flaunting Aug 19 '14 at 12:24
rolling back, as even if the new edits add to the answer, or remove incorrect content, it is still deviating from author intent. If you have more information, leave it as a comment, or better yet, propose a better-put-together answer. –  Timelord64 Aug 3 at 12:38
I am personally unsure as to how to proceed with this answer. It is utterly outdated and is now useless to anyone, seeing that it provides a workaround for a problem that has an actual fix. Editing this answer to reflect this is seems a little wrong as it will change the content of the answer entirely. –  MrLemon Aug 3 at 12:46
For now, I have edited the answer by Quinte to have better wording, seeing that it was the first answer to mention the reset button. @Flaunting should probably accept that answer instead of mine. –  MrLemon Aug 3 at 12:51
@Aequitas, I agree with you in why the information should be put up, entirely. However, deliberately adding in and removing content goes against the original authors intent. In the posts you linked, they all fall back to the response from the one user (a mod). That user, as well as a few other mods, also specify that old information should be "crossed out" with a warning that the information is out of date, instead of removed. There is also general consensus that one should simply put a comment up, to alert the original user to update their answer. –  Timelord64 Aug 4 at 0:57

Theres a "Reset" button on your profile page on Minecraft.net, under "Reset your skin". Clicking it will restore your skin to Steve/Alex.

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Easy solution!

You are covered in Steve's skin! I hope you're happy.

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You're 9 months late. but +1 for following formatting conventions. –  aytimothy Aug 4 at 10:59

As of August 2015, you can still go to http://www.minecraft.net/profile and select "Reset Skin" near the bottom of the page, this will remove your skin from the skin server and it will appear as if you have not selected a skin. Giving you the default skin of your resource pack.

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This question and answer have been posted before the "Reset skin" functionality existed. If you think this answer is obsolete and should not be kept, please mention it in a comment. Gratuitous downvoting helps no one. Thank you.

Advanced Fix

You can add http://s3.amazonaws.com (the server where Minecraft skins are stored) to your hosts file. Loop it back to (or some other dead end), and Minecraft will be unable to retrieve your skin, thus leaving you with the resource pack's default skin.


All requests sent to s3.amazonaws.com by any program will fail. However the hosts file supports comment syntax, so you can toggle it conveniently.

This also includes Minecraft updates, so you'll need to toggle it off while you update your game.

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What else will this mess up? –  Bergi Aug 19 '14 at 12:14
I wouldn't suggest doing this since it will send all requested content from http://s3.amazonaws.com to localhost, not only the minecraft skins exclusively. –  Budge that badger Aug 19 '14 at 12:16
@Bergi Skins, capes, updates, and every website that uses Amazon S3. –  lunboks Aug 19 '14 at 12:17
This solution is 100% effective, in the exact same way that Nair is 100% effective for taking care of that one loose strand of hair that keeps getting in your eyes. –  asfallows Aug 19 '14 at 13:55
While this is certainly a bad solution, it's very misleading to say you wouldn't be able to use any website which uses S3. Unless the website's javascript is causing your own computer to reach out to S3 (probably not that common), your hosts file has no impact. I would guess most requests to S3 are proxied through the originating website. (Disclaimer: I work for Amazon but not anywhere near the S3 team; I don't know the incidence of websites which actually do this.) –  Chris Hayes Aug 19 '14 at 19:57

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