How to Change Lock Screen Wallpaper in Windows 11

Are you tired of seeing the same lock screen wallpaper every day? Here is how to change the lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11.

When you lock a Windows 11 computer, it will lock the system and take you to the lock screen. The same lock screen is visible when you turn on the computer. Clicking on the lock screen will show the password or PIN field to authenticate and unlock the system.

Though it doesn’t look like it, you can adjust or change the lock screen wallpaper. For example, seeing the same lock screen picture will make the desktop look uninteresting. In that case, you can enable the Windows Spotlight lock screen wallpaper. That way, Windows 11 will automatically download a new wallpaper every day and show it as the new lock screen wallpaper.

Not only that, but you can also set your favorite pictures as the lock screen wallpaper. For instance, maybe you want to set your family photos as the lock screen wallpaper.

No matter what, you can customize the lock screen background with just a few clicks using the Settings app if you ever want to.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to change the lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11.

Change lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11

As with many things in Windows 11, you can customize the lock screen wallpaper from the Settings app. You have to select the appropriate option, and you are good to go. Here is how to do it.

  1. Press “Start + I” to open Settings.
  2. Select “Personalization” on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Lock screen” option.
  4. Select one of the below options from the “Personalize your lock screen” dropdown menu.
    1. Windows Spotlight
    2. Picture
    3. Slideshow
  5. Close the Settings app.
  6. With that, you have changed the lock screen wallpaper.

Steps with pictures and a bit more detail:

The first thing to do is open the Windows 11 Settings app. To do that, press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut or right-click the Start menu and choose the “Settings” option.

Choose “Personalization” on the sidebar and click on the “Lock Screen” option in the main panel. This page is where you will find all the lock screen related options, including the wallpaper setting.

lock screen settings

On this page, select one of the options. Depending on the chosen option, you might see additional settings. Configure then as shown.

Windows Spotlight: Selecting this option will make Windows 11 download a new picture every day and set it as the lock screen wallpaper. One of the best things about this setting is that the wallpapers will be gorgeous, and you generally don’t see the same wallpaper twice in a short period. That being said, Windows Spotlight might show additional information and tips on the lock screen.

set Windows Spotlight as lock screen wallpaper

Picture: Choosing this option will show default and recent wallpapers. You can select one of the pictures to apply as the lock screen wallpaper. To use a custom photo as the lock screen picture, click on the “Browse photos” button, select the image of your choice, and hit the “Choose picture” button.

set picture as lock screen wallpaper

Slideshow: As the name implies, you need to select this option if you want to show a slideshow of photos. After selecting, click the “Browse” button, choose the folder with images and click “Choose this folder.” If you need, you can select multiple folders in the same manner. Configure additional settings under the “Advanced Slideshow Settings” section.

set slideshow as lock screen wallpaper

After selecting the option of your choice and configuring the additional settings as required, close the Settings app. The changes are automatically saved.

That is all. It is that simple to change lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11.

I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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