How to Set Photos as Screen Saver in Windows 11

Love to see your photos while the computer is inactive? Here is a simple way to set photos as screen saver in Windows 11.

When the system is inactive for a set time, Windows automatically shows a screen saver. When needed, you can even configure to lock the system when the screen saver is active. That way, the system looks cool while still being protected from unauthorized usage.

As good as it is, the screen saver feature is turned off by default in the modern version of Windows. A lock screen wallpaper is shown in place of a screen saver while locking the system. That being said, the screen saver option is still alive and kicking. You just need to know where to find the screen saver option. If you want to use the screen saver in Windows 11, you must enable it manually. After enabling, you can choose between a few default screen savers, including classic ones like 3D Text, Bubbles, Ribbons, etc.

Though these default screen savers in Windows 11 look good and give a nostalgic feeling, you can spice it up with custom wallpapers or photos as a screen saver. i.e., you can show a slideshow of pictures as a screen saver. For example, you can set Windows 11 to show you family or vacation photos as the screen saver.

If you want to set photos as a screen saver in Windows 11, follow the below steps. It will be done in no time.

Important note: Before proceeding, make sure to put all the photos you want to use for the screen saver in a single folder. It makes it easy to configure.

Set photos as screen saver in Windows 11

To set photos as the screen saver, you need to open the Screen Saver tool and choose the Photos option. Though it sounds complicated, it is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how to do it in simple steps.

  1. Launch the Settings app with “Win + I.”
  2. Click “Personalization” on the sidebar.
  3. Choose the “Lock screen” option.
  4. Click on the “Screen saver” option.
  5. Choose “Photos” from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click the “Settings” button.
  7. Press the “Browse” button.
  8. Choose the photos folder of your choice.
  9. Click the “Ok” button.
  10. Press the “Save” button.
  11. Press the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.
  12. With that, you set photos as a screen saver in Windows 11.

Same steps with a bit more detail and screenshots:

Launch the Settings app first. To do that, use the “Win + I” key binding or search for “Settings” in the Start menu and open it from there. Choose the “Personalization” option on the sidebar in the Settings app.

On the Personalization page, click on the “Lock screen” option. Since the screen saver appears while the system is inactive, it is considered a lock screen option.

open the lock screen options in Windows 11

Scroll down and click on the “Screen saver” option on the Lock Screen page.

open the screen saver tool in Windows 11

The above action will open the Screen Saver tool. Here, choose the “Photos” option from the “Screen saver” dropdown menu. Next, click on the “Settings” button.

set photos as screen saver in Windows 11

Here, click the “Browse” button, choose the photos folder of your choice and click the “Ok” button.

add photos folder to screen saver

You can change the slide show speed from the “Slide show speed” dropdown menu. Select the “Shuffle pictures” checkbox if you wish to shuffle pictures. Click the “Save” button.

screen saver photos options

In the main window, you can change the wait time. i.e., how long the system should wait before showing the screen saver. Set time in minutes in the “Wait” field to change it. Select the “On resume, display logon screen” checkbox if you want the system to lock itself. Finally, click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.

screen saver options in Windows 11

With that, you have enabled the screen saver feature and set it to show a slide show of photos. From now on, Windows 11 will show photos as screen saver in a slide show after a set wait time.

That is it. It is that simple to set photos as a screen saver 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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