How to Change the Login Screen Background Image on Windows 11?

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Windows 11 offers to customize your desktop experience with various old and new features. Some features are newly introduced on Windows 11, while many features are carried forward from its predecessor, Windows 10. Login Screen Background changing facility was earlier available on Windows 10, and it is still part of Windows 11.

Before proceeding with steps, you should know about the Login Screen and Lock Screen of Windows 11.

What are Login Screen and Lock Screen?

On Windows 11, the login screen and lock screen backgrounds are separate from the desktop background. The login screen or sign-in screen is the screen you see when your PC turns on and asks for your password or PIN. You can also reach to lock screen by pressing the Windows + L keys from the keyboard. After that, click anywhere on the Lock Screen to see the login or sign-in screen. However, the login screen and lock screen can be configured simultaneously in Settings under the Lock screen.

How to Change Login Screen and Lock Screen Background in Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys simultaneously from the keyboard or any other method. If the Settings app is not opening or crashing, you can quickly fix it by resetting it. Once the Settings app is opened, click on the Personalization category from the left side pane.

Step 2. On the right side pane, scroll down and then click on the Lock screen tab.

Step 3. Turn On the toggle switch next to the “Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” option.

Step 4. Now, on the same window, click on the drop-down next to Personalize your lock screen option.

Here, you will see these options:-

  • Windows spotlight – If you select the Windows spotlight option, the lock screen background image will be downloaded automatically from the Microsoft server and display different images periodically.
  • Picture – If you prefer to select an image from your PC, selecting the Picture option will allow you to choose from a selection of thumbnails or upload your own images.
  • Slideshow -The Slideshow option allows you to choose multiple images to become part of a rotating picture slideshow.

If you wish to select an image from your PC, you can either select “Picture” or “Slideshow.” Then you will have the option to choose the picture(s) from your computer. Select the desired image from your PC, and it will be used as a login screen background by Windows 11.


  1. I’ve done this, my lock screen is a group of pictures from a folder i selected, but my login screen is still the default blue and wont change

  2. Please refer to step 3 of the above post. On the Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen, turn toggle ON beside “Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen.”

  3. Setting the switch to toggle on “Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” has no effect on my PC. Might have something to do with domain policy requiring ctrl-alt-delete? Before upgrade to Win11, this setting worked correctly, showing the selected image instead of the default.

  4. If your login screen is the blue one and you set a slideshow then your login will still always be the blue one. You have change the login image to the specific image you want, then change to a slideshow. I don’t see a way to make it use whatever image it happen to be on in the slideshow when go to login.

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