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How to change the lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a lock screen much like previous versions of Windows. The lock screen in Windows 11 is more or less the same as that in Windows 10 which means you can set a custom wallpaper for it, set Spotlight images, and set a slideshow of images.

lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11

Lock screen wallpaper in Windows 11

The lock screen wallpaper and the login screen wallpaper are both the same so when you change the lock screen wallpaper , it will also change for the login screen.

Change lock screen wallpaper – Windows 11

To change the lock screen wallpaper on Windows 11, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Personalization.
  3. Scroll down and select Lock screen.
  4. Open the Personalize your lock screen dropdown.
  5. Select one of the three options: Windows Spotlight, Picture, Slideshow.
  6. With Windows Spotlight the images are set automatically by Windows.
  7. With Picture, you can choose a picture from your desktop.
  8. With Slideshow, you have to select a folder with images in it that the lock screen will cycle through.

Note: You will see a preview of the new wallpaper on the lock screen. If you select Windows Spotlight, you will get a new image everyday. 

Remove wallpaper from log in screen

The login screen and the lock screen both use the same wallpaper however you can disable the wallpaper on the login screen.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Personalization.
  3. Select Lock screen.
  4. Scroll down and turn the Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen switch off.

Notifications on lock screen

You can still show notifications from apps on the lock screen. 

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Personalization>Lock screen.
  3. Open the Lock screen status dropdown and select an app.

Conclusion

Windows 11 doesn’t let you sync the desktop wallpaper and the lock screen wallpaper. Windows 10 didn’t have this option either and there are third-party apps that filled in the gap. With Windows 11, something similar will probably come along. It’s worth noting that the Windows Spotlight images that you see in Windows 11 are exponentially better than the ones you get in Windows 10. You can set the desktop to automatically show wallpapers from Windows Spotlight. They will sync up in a day or so and you’re desktop and lock screen wallpaper will match. Windows 11 has wallpapers that match its new default theme but you’re free to use any image of your choice as well. Make sure you resize the image to match the resolution of the screen before you use it as a wallpaper for best results. 

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