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How to change your manager profile picture in FM 2024

A quick Football Manager 2024 tutorial that showcases how you can change your manage profile picture from the newgen face to a photo of your choosing. Updated on November 30th.

By Updated on Nov 30, 2023   16465 views   11 comments
FM Tutorials - How to change your manager profile picture in FM 2024
So this is how the manager profile picture looks like after you're done creating your manager avatar.

In Football Manager 2024 it was initially possible to change your profile picture within preferences, but that's no longer the case since the 24.2.0 patch dropped. SI removed the relevant option, and even disabled whatever custom picture you might had until then.

So I've tested the first workaround that came to my mind and thankfully it worked. I must warn you it's not as easy as before, but it gets the job done.

Now I'm going to explain how you can make it work too.

1. Go to the preferences screen in-game and click on the "Advanced" tab.

2. From the right drop down menu, select "Interface".

3. Find the option "Show screen IDs in Title Bar to assist skinning" and enable / tick it. Then hit the "Confirm" button.

4. Return to "My Profile" screen and take note of the ID shown there. For my example, the ID is "r-2002053184". In your save that will be different, but it should still start with "r-".

5. Choose the image you wish to use as your manager profile pic and place it into the following folder:
Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2024 > graphics > faces >
If the last 2 folders (or the last one) don't exist, you need to create them yourself.

You can name the file whatever you like, but I find it easier to use the manager ID. So for example, that would be "r-2002053184.png".

6. Next you need a config.xml file that points to this file.
If you're already using a facepack, you'll need to edit the config.xml file of that facepack and add 1 line for your manager picture, then save.
<record from="r-2002053184" to="graphics/pictures/person/r-2002053184/portrait"/>

If you don't use a facepack, you must create the config.xml file yourself. The easiest way to do that is by using fmXML for Windows.

7. Now go into the game's preferences screen again.
Hit the bottom left button "Reset" that triggers a drop menu and select "Clear Cache". If a dialog window shows up, choose "Yes".
Then hit the "Reload Skin" button at the bottom right of the preferences screen. If you can't find that button, you need to enable the option "Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences" which can be found above the option explained in Step 3.

8. That's it! You can now see your manager profile picture has changed to the desired photo.

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Discussion: How to change your manager profile picture in FM 2024

11 comments have been posted so far.

  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    the option is back in the preferences
  • Kraha's avatar
    was working on last carrier before last update of game, now new carrier, new patch and it is not working, photo disappearing, how to fix it?

    Also I saw that when i am refreshing skin photo is showing during this, after refreshing it is disappearing. ??
  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    its fixed now in 24.2.1
  • Sawyer90's avatar
    I followed all the steps, but my pic still doesn't appear.
  • phnompenhandy's avatar
    psu - something about in some games regens were getting real player faces, so SI needed a way for the AI to tell real players and regens apart.
  • psucolonel's avatar
    Why was this done?
  • jakdev's avatar
    worked for me thank.
    you need to make sure that you change the name of your image file or the XML file too.
    example my image was named '2002068327' so I changed the XML file to ' <record from="2002068327" to="graphics/pictures/person/r-2002068327/portrait"/>'
  • zeus1976's avatar
    After doing everything as explained in the tutorial, the photo disappeared, neither photo nor regen
  • Stam's avatar
    @gggfunk: The 'faces' folder is important for this to work. Maybe try a subfolder within 'faces'.
  • gggfunk's avatar
    It doesn't work for me :(
    So, I've already got a big cut out faces megapack installed it works perfectly.

    As I didn't want to mix the megapack with the new manager faces, I decided to have a separate folder in my documents for my managers' photos. So I created folder called "my faces" in the following path:
    Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2024\graphics\my faces

    Then, I copied my desired image in the .png format to the above location, and recalled it for "r-2002086375" which is my manager's ID. Then, I opened fmXML, selected the location, chose make config.xml file - faces - all filenames are IDs, and pressed GO. When I opened the game, I cleared the catche and reloaded the skin. Unfortunately, my photo still doesn't show :(

    Any idea why is that? I know I could try to add a line to the existing config file in my megapack, but I'd like to avoid it - I'd prefer to have a separate folder for my manager' faces. Is it possible to have two different folders for faces, and two different config files? Or I can have only one config file and that's why it doesn't work for me? It would be weird as I remember that in previous versions I used to have multiple folders and there was no issues. But maybe with manager photo it is different?
  • Soraayn's avatar
    Workaround works! Thanks so much! What a stupid decision to take the option away...
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