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How to Change Lockscreen Background Wallpaper in Windows 10

Changing the lock screen wallpaper on Windows 10 is one of the simplest yet most satisfying ways to customize your desktop/laptop. On Windows 10, you have three ways to change the lock screen background. You can either set your favorite picture as the lock screen wallpaper, enable Windows Spotlight on the lock screen, or set a lock screen slide show. In this tutorial, I will show all these three methods to customize the lock screen background. Let’s get started.

How to Set a Custom Picture as the Lock Screen Wallpaper in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Personalization” > “Lock screen” page.
  3. Select “Picture” from the “Background” dropdown menu.
  4. Click the “Browse” button.
    Lockscreen picture
  5. Select the image you want to set as the wallpaper and click “Choose picture“.
    Select lock screen image

As soon as you click the “Choose Picture” button, Windows will set the selected image as the lock screen wallpaper. You can verify it by pressing the Windows key + L” shortcut.

Change lock screen wallpaper

Enabling Windows Spotlight for Dynamic Lock Screen Backgrounds

Windows Spotlight is an awesome feature where Windows 10 automatically displays high-quality and curated images from Bing on your lock screen. The best thing is that the lock screen background changes every day. If you like a dynamic wallpaper experience, enabling Windows Spotlight on the lock screen is the way to go. Follow the below steps.

  1. Press “Windows Key + I” to open the Settings app.
  2. In the settings app, go to “Personalization“.
  3. Click the “Lock screen” tab.
  4. Select “Windows Spotlight” from the “Background” dropdown menu on the right panel. Windows spotlight lockscreen

Important note: Windows Spotlight requires an internet connection to download new wallpapers. If Windows Spotlight is unable to connect to the internet, it will use previously downloaded wallpaper or fall back to the default lock screen wallpaper.

Creating a Lock Screen Slideshow in Windows 10

In addition to setting a specific image or enabling Spotlight, you can also create a lock screen slideshow. If you enjoy seeing personal photos or curated images on your lock screen, this method is for you.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Personalization” > “Lock screen” page.
  3. Select “Slideshow” from the “Background” dropdown menu. Windows 10 lockscreen slideshow
  4. Click on the “Add a folder” button.
  5. Select the folder with images and click on the “Choose folder” button. Select lockscreen slideshow folder

As soon as you do that, Windows will use the images in the selected folder to show a slideshow on your lock screen.

Lockscreen slideshow folder added

Windows 10 Lock Screen Slideshow Customization

You might want to remove the default “Pictures” folder if it is not needed. To remove it, click on the folder and then click on the “Remove” button.

Remove slideshow lockscreen folder

To configure how the slideshow behaves, click on the “Advanced slideshow settings” option. It lets you configure the below options.

  • Include camera roll folders from This PC and OneDrive
  • Only use pictures that fit my screen
  • When my PC is inactive, show the lock screen instead of turning off the screen.
Lockscreen advanced settings

Wrapping Up — Customizing Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

As you can see, changing the lock screen background on Windows 10 is easier than you think. If you like a dynamic lock screen with new backgrounds daily, enable the Windows Spotlight feature. Otherwise, set a specific wallpaper or create a lock screen slideshow with your favorite photos. If you like this article, check how to locate lock screen wallpapers in Windows 10.

Also, Windows 11 users check out our guides on changing the lock screen background on Windows 11 and creating a lock screen slideshow on Windows 11.

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