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How to Change the Windows 11 Lock Screen Wallpaper

Like Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Windows 11 OS includes a Lock Screen. But you can change the image to something else. Here’s how.

Windows 11 has a lock screen that’s a lot like Windows 10’s, and you can change the wallpaper. Not to be confused with the sign-in screen where you enter your password or PIN to get to the desktop. It’s the first screen that displays the time, app info, and wallpaper.

When you boot Windows 11, the first thing you will see is the Lock Screen Wallpaper.

Change the Windows 11 Lock Screen Wallpaper

To change the lock screen wallpaper, click the Start button and then click on the Settings icon. Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open Settings directly.

tart Settings Windows 11

When Settings launches, click on Personalization from the list on the left. And then, click the Lock Screen button from the menu on the right under the “Personalization” section.

Settings WIndows 11

Now, under the Personalize > Lock screen section, click the dropdown menu in the “Personalize your lock screen” section. There you have three options.

personalize lock screen Windows 11

  • Windows Spotlight: Images are set automatically by Windows.
  • Picture: This allows you to choose an image from Microsoft or a photo from your collection. You just need to browse to it and set it as the lock screen wallpaper.
  • Slideshow: This lets you select a folder with photos and other images in it, and they will rotate through at regular intervals.
select image lock screen

You can choose images that are already included with Windows 11 or browse to your own photos.

Once you have the image you want to use for the lock screen selected, you might want to change which apps show notifications. To do that, click the menu next to “Lock screen status” and select an app. Note that you can choose none if you don’t want anything to display.

lock screen status app windows 11

When you hit Enter on the keyboard, click the mouse, or swipe up on a touchscreen device – it goes to the login screen. When you set the Lock Screen wallpaper, it will change for the login screen too. But you can disable it.

While you’re in the Personalize > Lock screen section, turn off the “Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” button.

show lock screen background windows 11

That’s all there is to it. For more on customizing the look of the OS, check out our article on changing the desktop wallpaper. And for Windows 10 users, read about turning off lock screen ads.

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