The login screen (aka sign-in screen) is the screen you see when your PC turns on and asks for your password or PIN. If you press Windows + L on the keyboard, that will lock your computer and take you to the lock screen.
In macOS, the login screen is separate from the lock screen and main desktop screen. As a result, configuring the lock screen and main desktop background won’t affect the login screen background.
However, in Windows 10, the login screen and lock screen backgrounds are separate from the desktop background. The login screen and lock screen can be configured at the same time in Settings under Lock screen, while the desktop wallpaper is changed under Background.
How to Change Login Screen and Lock Screen Background in Windows 10
Unlike in macOS where it is hidden from the user, changing the login screen and lock screen background in Windows 10 is an option available in Settings under Lock screen.
- Press the Windows key on the keyboard to bring up the Start Menu and type in “lock screen”.
- Click on Open in the first result.
- In the Lock screen window, you’ll have the option to use a photo, a solid color, or a slideshow. If you choose the photo option, you can then browse and select your own photo of choice.
- Remember to also scroll to the bottom and turn on Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen. This will allow your login screen to pick up your lock screen settings.
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