How to Customize Lock Screen on Windows 10

Charlene updated on Oct 04, 2022 to Knowledge Center

Windows has a ton of amazing features, but you must first get past the lock screen. You can log into Windows by clicking or tapping on the screen to get the sign-in screen. Although the lock screen may appear to be an unneeded barrier, it contains some information that can be helpful before you even explore the operating system. You might just see the date and time on the lock screen by default, along with a bland backdrop image. However, you can jazz this up by adding your favorite background image or slideshow, checking your calendar, email, alarms, and local weather, setting it to time out, or turning off your screen saver after a predetermined period.

For this reason, we'll go through a simple way to alter its appearance in this article, including how to change the lock screen on Windows 10. If you want to change your wallpaper on Windows 10, check this guide for details. 

Why Personalize Your Windows Lock Screen

While it may seem unneeded, the lock screen on Windows 10 offers several essential features even before you can access the desktop. But customizing it is the experience that you always have before logging into your account. You can view the current date and time, calendar events, and notifications from other apps, for instance, on the lock screen. Additionally, you may use Windows Spotlight to connect with Cortana and display your preferred background images, individual photos, and lovely Bing images.

How to Change Lock Screen on Windows 10 (Step By Step)

The lock screen backdrop can be customized or set to a spotlight image in Windows 10. Here are the procedures for how to change the lock screen on Windows 10.

Over time, Windows' Lock screen has undergone significant improvement. In contrast to earlier iterations, Windows 10 offers a variety of lock screen wallpaper options. For instance, you can set your creative images or photos as wallpaper in Windows 10 or customize the operating system to display spotlight images. You may also enable a lock screen slideshow if necessary.

In this brief post, let me demonstrate how to change the lock screen on Windows 10.

Step 1. Launch the "Settings" application on Windows 10 which is in the left corner of the bottom, then select "Personalization" from the Settings.

choose personalization

Step 2. Select the "Lock screen" by clicking or tapping on the left-hand column.

click lock screen

Step 3. In the section "Background," you can select Windows spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow for your background. We will select "Picture" here. Click "Browse" to select the lock screen wallpaper you saved on your computer. 

click browse botton

Step 4. Find your favorite image in your image library, then select it and click the "Choose picture" button.

choose pictures

Step 5. The newly chosen image ought to now appear in the Preview area. The picture you chose for the Lock Screen's background should be used going forward.

image is displayed

In the Lock screen setting, you can also customize your lock screen by following the settings.

1. You can decide whether to show fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen.

2. You can select an app to show its detailed status on your lock, including Calendar, weather, messaging, Xbox, Alarms & Clock, Store, and Mail.

3. You can control whether to display the lock screen picture on the sign-in screen.

Conclusion

Windows does offer some lock screen wallpapers by default. The generic wallpaper that comes pre-installed on your computer, by the way, is the most impersonal and monotonous thing there is. Some people may dislike the default lock screen wallpaper and want to replace it with other images. You can follow the steps provided in this article to customize your lock screen using an image or slideshow on Windows 10.

Pros:

  • You can view the current date and time, calendar events
  • You can also see the notifications from other apps, for instance, on the lock screen.
  • You may use Windows Spotlight to connect with Cortana
  • You can also display your preferred background images, individual photos, lovely Bing images, and even a slideshow.

Cons:

  • It gives you a stuffy experience as you see a lot of things on a lock screen.
  • You may feel uncomfortable as there is repeated notifications occur.
  • You may feel insecure as notifications appear directly.

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