Skip to main content

What's new with the Lock screen on Windows 11

Windows 11 Lock screen
Windows 11 Lock screen (Image credit: Windows Central)

Windows 11 ships with an updated version of the Lock screen, which retains the familiar look and feel as the classic experience found on Windows 10, but with some new visual changes and iconography to match the new design language.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will get a quick look at the updated Lock screen experience.

The updated Lock screen on Windows 11

Perhaps the most significant change is the information on the screen. On Windows 10, the time and date appeared in the bottom-left corner, but it now appears centered at the top of the screen like on your mobile phone with a bold font for time and smaller font size for the date.

Source: Windows Central Windows 11 Lock screen (left), Windows 10 (right) (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

If you are signing in for the first time, Windows 11 will show a new background image similar to the default wallpaper on the desktop.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

As you click or swipe up, the Sign-in screen is virtually identical to the one found on Windows 10, with some design changes. For example, the box to type your password or PIN now has rounded corners and a solid underline. The same approach Windows 11 uses for all textboxes across the experience.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Lock screen settings

The settings for the Lock screen remain identical, using "Windows spotlight" to refresh the background image every time you restart the computer by default, but you can always choose to show a custom image or slideshow. You can continue to show statuses from different apps, such as Weather, Mail, and Calendar. And you can disable the Lock screen background for the Sign-in screen to show a solid color background.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Although the Lock screen doesn't include a lot of changes, the tweaks that Microsoft is adding better integrates the experience to make it feel it belongs to Windows 11.

More Windows resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

5 Comments
  • i have not really noticed, but then when my computer boots up, I press the space bar twice to get into windows, there is no password on my machine
  • O h y e s tablet layout... just the thing I didn't want but hey.. can we customize the position of where the time is displayed ? or is this lack of customization called a "feature"... like a certain fruit company..
  • Lockscreen is still not fuly polished though, the Wi-Fi flyout is still the Windows 10 one despite there is literally a new flyout, and the Accessbilities and Language button remains Windows 8. Only Shutdown button have slightly updated look, but still have Reveal Highlight effect with is a Fluent Design v1.0 and not the new one. They still missing the accessible notification center on the Lockscreen. So if you missed notifications, there is no way of checking those.
  • When you shut down the PC, do you get the "shutting down" text on a black screen instead of the usual wallpaper? Or is it just me?
  • Seems to be standard. All shut down and start up screens seems to be black.