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How to change the background on your lock screen on Windows 10

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

Personalizing the way Windows 10 looks is part of the fun of getting a new PC. Modifying the settings, downloading your favorite apps, and changing the wallpaper can make you computer truly feel like yours. On Windows 10 you may have noticed that when you log in the background will change pictures every now and then. Well, we already showed you how to remove the picture now we will show you how you can change the way that screen looks in a few different ways, and we'll show you how.

How to change your lock screen background to a picture

  1. Click on the Start menu. It's the Windows logo in the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on Personalization.
  2. Click on Lock screen.

  1. Click on the drop down menu underneath the word "background".
  2. Click on Picture.

  1. Click Browse.
  2. Locate the picture you want to use in the appropriate folder on your computer.

  1. Click on the picture you want to use.
  2. Click on the Choose picture button.

How to change your lock screen background to a slideshow

If you have a whole folder of photos you want to see whenever you log into your Windows 10 PC and can't decide which one to use as a background, you can choose a slideshow. This will rotate through all the picture in the folder you have selected, so you never have to get bored of your lock screen!

  1. Click on the Start menu. It's the Windows logo in the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.

  1. Click on Personalization.
  2. Click on Lock screen.

  1. Click on the drop down menu underneath the word "background".
  2. Click on Slideshow.

  1. Click Add a folder.
  2. Click on the folder you want to use.

  1. Click on Choose this folder.

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15 Comments
  • How do I get the blue W10 logo/picture on the desktop of my W10 mobile? I've tried downloading it but it no avail, does it come loaded in the OS?
  • Hi n m...It comes pre-loaded in the OS as sample pictures. It can be set through Settings --> Personalisation --> Start --> Background --> Select Sample Images -->Browse and set.
  • So it is, missed it in sample pictures, cheers
  • It comes pre-loaded in PC version.
  • Question: On my work Windows 10 computer, there are some AMAZING scenery shots from "some part of the world". My only choice is to choose if I like the picture or not. (Unlike viewing bing.com which tells you what the picture is.) Is there any way to see what the picture/scenery is?
  • Are you talking about Windows Spotlight on your lock screen? It sounds like it. There was an article on this site about how to find those images on your PC. They usually have tags which should give you an idea of the picture.
  • You can actually get those images from the cache they are in and save them: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/spotbright/9nblggh5km22 SpotBright will scan your system and load all of those amazing images into a folder for you.​
  • I just got into rainmeter yesterday and love my desktops now, using the avengers them.  My kids love it and my co-workers think my PC is better now lol.  
  • How do you change the background for the screen that is displayed before login to the PC.
  • yeah, stuck with that same picture gets annoying
  • Bing lockscreen is not available in the Windows 10 desktop, and those slideshow options are not available in the Windows 10 mobile. All the options should be available in all versions, it doesn't sound like years of code development...
  • I just use the Dynamic Theme app. Different spotlight lock screen and Bing background every day
  • How to change the login screen? I do not like the windows blue wallpaper and want to set my own theme. I cannot find the option. Can anyone guide me? Thanks
  • That means your Windows is not activated. If you activate it, you will be able to change it to any image of your choice
  • Even when I selected Spotlight for my lockscreen picture, what I get in the lockscreen is the single image which I had choosen before Spotlight. This probably is related to Hello login (in my case through the camera). I only see Spotlight lockscreens in later logins, for example, when I lock it manually.