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3463980 - Background Image is editable on spotlight though setting is disabled in Configure people profile.


Background image is editable on Spotlight though "Allow employees to edit background image” is disabled in Configure People Profile > General Settings.

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Profile

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Configure People Profile.
  2. Make sure “Allow employees to edit background image” is unchecked.
  3. Login instance "sfadmin" / Proxy as "user A".
  4. View their own spotlight.
  5. Background Image is editable.


  • The behaviour is expected and as per system design.
  • In 1H2024, A new version of People Profile experience has been released which provides a redesigned public view of your profile. It's enabled by default in all systems.
  • With the new People Profile, employees can edit the background picture. It is an intentend change for below 2 reasons.
    1. Keep minimal customer effort for configuration
    2. Allow self-branding of Employee
  • This means, system will not respect configuration Admin > Configure People Profile > General Settings > Allow employees to edit background image /Disable background image uploading by employees   for this setting.
  • System still respect Admin > Configure People Profile > General Settings > Manage background image library. Customer can control the images which employee can select . 
  • Currently, no admin tool is available to configure the latest People Profile experience. The admin tool Configure People Profile is only used to configure the legacy People Profile and doesn't control behaviours of the Profile Preview and Spotlight. please refer the following for more information: Managing the Latest People Profile
  • Note:In the New People Profile, when an employee chooses an image from the library, it still displays images that have been deactivated in the "Manage background image library". The Engineering team is currently working to resolve this issue. Once it is fixed, If An Admin chooses to deactivate all standard images and uploads a custom image, then when the employee selects the edit background picture, only the custom image will be displayed. 

We encourage you to submit an enhancement request to have this functionality considered within future development cycles – you can do this on our Customer Community Portal at

For detailed steps on how to raise an enhancement request please follow KBA Article 2090228 on “How to submit an enhancement request”.

See Also


INC8076697, Background image, Background picture, image, photo, spotlight, editable, visible, Allow employees to edit background image, Configure people profile, KI2405 1H2024. , KBA , LOD-SF-EP-SPP , People Profile - Spotlight , LOD-SF-EP , People Profile (Employee Profile / PP3) , Product Enhancement


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