How to Install Custom Home Menu Themes on 3DS

Want to customize your 3DS Home Menu? You could opt into purchasing and using Nintendo’s official custom themes, but what if you want more options?  Well great news! You can download custom themes, make your own, and even download all of Nintendo’s official themes while you’re at it.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to do all of this and more.


Where to Download Custom 3DS Themes

First download some themes that you like. Here are a few places to get them from:

Caution: is not a legit site. Do not visit it to download themes. It is a survey site where in order to download anything you must complete offers and it does not work.

Once you’ve downloaded some you like follow the next section to install them on your 3DS.

How to Install Custom 3DS Themes

  1. Ensure you’ve installed the Homebrew Launcher on your 3DS before attempting to follow this tutorial.
  2. On your computer, open up the main directory of your 3DS’ SD Card. Go into the “Themes” folder. This is where you will place the themes you’ve downloaded.
  3. Locate where you saved your 3DS themes. Each theme and its files will get its own folder within the “Themes” folder. Transfer all of your themes to your 3DS Themes folder as shown below.
  4. Download the latest version of Custom Home Menu Manager 2 (CHHM2) CIA or 3DSX.
    Update 5-1-2017: Use Themely – it is the lastest home menu theme manager that actively gets updates.
    For CIA place it anywhere on the SD and install using FBI, for 3DSX, place the 3DSX file onto your 3DS’s SD card in the directory SD:/3ds/CHMM2 as shown below.
  5. Place your microSD/SD Card into your 3DS, power it on, and launch the Homebrew Launcher.
  6. In the Homebrew Launcher, navigate to CHMM2 and start the application. These are the controls:
  7. Select a theme or themes and exit CHMM2. Turn off the 3DS and turn it back on. Congratulations, you should be able to see your custom theme!

Want to make your own theme? Read on to the next section.

How to Make Custom 3DS Themes

If you want to make your own theme to customize your menu specifically to your liking follow this guide.

Essentially you will be using a template to edit the top and bottom screen with a program that can read .psd files (eg. Photoshop), adding custom music, folders, and extra effects to compile your theme files. The process can be time consuming but the end result will be worth it.

My Top 20 Favorite Custom 3DS Themes

I’ve spent some time looking through a lot of themes and narrowed down my top 10 personal favorites. I’ve divided them between top 10 official themes and top 10 custom themes. Check out my top 20 themes post here.

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  • mg7

    help its not working

    • mg7


  • Cynthia Tamara

    I tried to install homebrew on my 3ds yesterday. The upper screen turns red and then green, the lower screen still the same(like the media player). And then for a few seconds, it did froze. And then the error occured. I had install fbi before attempting to installing homebrew and im tried ut over and over again and the same results, can you help me please? 😭

  • not looker

    ok i keep getting this error that says [string “?”]:003 bind error can you help me out with this

  • Hinami (anime trash)

    I keep getting a message whenever I download the starter pack that my trial has expired even though I’ve never gotten homebrew before. Help?