How to Customize Background for Lock Screen on Windows 11

Just like Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s system offers a lock screen that can be customized to display the information of your choice.

Released on October 5, Windows 11, the new version of Microsoft’s system, changes some habits for users. You have to get used to the new taskbar, handle the new File Explorer tools (as we explain here), or make adjustments so that the OS conforms exactly to your needs. The lock screen is no exception. With this update, it gets a little graphic facelift and also loses some options in the process. It is no longer possible to display as much information as with Windows 10. Only a small handful of applications, selected by Microsoft, can take place there and even then, not all at once. Here is how to customize Windows 11 lock screen.

How to Customize the Lock Screen on Windows 11?

Like smartphones, Windows PCs also have a customizable lock screen. In addition to the background image, you can also choose what information to display before entering the session password.

  • Right-click on a blank area of the desktop. From the pop-up menu that appears, choose Customize.
  • The Windows 11 Settings window opens and immediately presents the customization options. Click on Lock Screen in the center of the window.
  • Click on the Windows drop-down menu on the "front of" the first Customize your lock screen section and choose Image.
  • Here you can choose the image that will be displayed in the background of the lock screen. Windows offers five, but you can of course choose your own image. To do this, click on the "Browse Photos" button and choose the picture that suits you. If you want to scroll through several pictures, choose "Slideshow" from the Windows One drop-down menu instead.
  • You can also allow Microsoft to display tips or trivia on the lock screen. If you find this information unnecessary, uncheck the "Customize the lock screen, especially with trivia and tips" box.
  • In the Lock Screen Status section, you can define what information you want to be displayed when the PC is still locked. Click on the drop-down menu at the end of the line and choose just one of five applications: Xbox Companion, 3D Viewer, Mail, Weather or Calendar. Windows no longer offers to add other applications as it was the case with Windows 10 where it was possible to display up to seven additional notifications from the Reminders, the Microsoft Store, Alarms or even messages. This is a pity.
  • Finally, the last section of the lock screen customization options simply allows you to change background image when entering the session password. Choose Off if you’re interested in this setting.
  • Check out what your personalization options look like. Press Win + L on the keyboard to lock the PC. The lock screen will appear immediately.