How to Change Login Screen Background in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Microsoft has made things quite simple with Windows 10 and Windows 11. Specially to change login screen background picture in Windows 10 and Windows 11. In earlier versions of Windows, it was quite complicated. But with latest versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, you can easily do it without any troubles.

The best part is that you can choose several available options for login screen background in Windows 10 and 11. You can choose from Windows Spotlight, Picture, Slide Show and Solid color. You can even set your custom image as login screen background.

SEE ALSO: How to Disable Login Screen Background in Windows 10?

Change Login Screen Background Picture in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Since the look and feel of Windows 10 is different from Windows 11, so, we will show you steps for both. Let’s start with the process.

Step 1: Enable Login Screen Picture in Personalization Settings

In order to display background picture on login or sign-in screen in Windows 10 and 11, we need to enable the setting first. So, go to Personalization settings and enable it.

Windows 10:

Go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. After that scroll down and enable the toggle for “Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen“.

Enable Show Lock Screen Background Picture On Login Screen In Windows 10
Enable “Show Lock Screen Background Picture” in Windows 10

Windows 11:

Similarly in Windows 11, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Here, scroll down a bit and enable “Show the lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen“.

Enable Show Lock Screen Background Picture in Windows 11
Enable “Show Lock Screen Background Picture” in Windows 11

Step 2: Use Windows Spotlight Images as Sign-in Screen Background

Now, after enabling login screen background, we can set Windows Spotlight images as sign-in screen background. Follow these steps for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Windows 10:

Go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen again. Here select “Windows Spotlight” from Background drop-down. It will display Windows Spotlight images on lock screen and login screen in your Windows 10.

Enable Windows Spotlight In The Background To See Same Picture On Sign In Screen In Windows 10
Enable Windows Spotlight in the Background in Windows 10

After that lock your Windows 10 PC by pressing Windows + L shortcut key combination. You will see Windows Spotlight image on both lock screen and login screen background.

Windows Spotlight Wallpaper As Login Screen In Windows 10
Windows Spotlight Wallpaper as Login Screen background in Windows 10

Windows 11:

Follow same path in Windows 11 as well. So, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen in Windows 11. Here, select “Windows Spotlight” from Personalize your lock screen drop-down.

Enable Windows Spotlight Pictures On Lock Screen in Windows 11
Enable Windows Spotlight Pictures on Lock Screen in Windows 11

After that, sign-out or lock your Windows 11 PC to see sign-in screen picture.

Windows Spotlight Wallpaper As Login Screen Background In Windows 11
Windows Spotlight Wallpaper as Login Screen Background in Windows 11

Step 3: Set a Custom Picture as Login Screen Background in Windows 10 and 11

We have seen how to set Windows Spotlight images as sign-in screen background. But, Windows spotlight images are downloaded automatically and we have no control over them. So, now we will use an image or picture of our choice as login screen background in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Let’s start with Windows 10.

Windows 10:

Just like previous step, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. But this time, select “Picture” as lock screen Background. After that you can select from available pictures or click Browse button to change login screen background to your desired picture.

Set A Picture As Lockscreen in Windows 10
Set a Picture as Login Screen Background in Windows 10

You can lock your Windows 10 PC or log out to see selected picture on sign-in screen.

Windows 10 Login Or Sign In Screen Background Picture
Custom Picture as sign-in screen background in Windows 10

Windows 11:

Windows 11 settings are quite similar to Windows 10 settings. So, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen again and select “Picture” from Personalize your lock screen drop-down. Now, you can click Browse photos to browse for your favorite picture or select from available ones.

Select Lock Screen type as Picture in Windows 11
Select Lock Screen type as Picture in Windows 11

Now, sign out or lock your PC again to view selected picture on Windows 11 login screen.

Set Picture As Login Screen Background In Windows 11
Set Picture as Login Screen Background in Windows 11

NOTE: Similarly, you can set Screen saver as login screen background in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Steps are quite same. You just need to select “Screen saver” from lock screen drop-down. So, we are not showing steps for that here.


Step 4: Set Solid Color as Sign-in Screen Background

Just like Windows spotlight and Picture, you can also set solid color as login screen background picture. But for doing that, you will have to disable Lock screen background. Just follow these steps.

Windows 10:

Now, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen again. But this time, disable the toggle for “Show lock screen background picture on sign-in screen“.

Disable Lock Screen Background Picture In Windows 10
Disable Lock Screen Background Picture in Windows 10

After that, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Here, select your favorite accent color for Windows 10. The same color will show up as sign-in screen background.

Select Your Desired Accent Color In Windows 10
Select your desired accent color in Windows 10

Now, go to lock screen again by locking your PC or signing out. Here, you will see selected accent color as login screen background.

Disable Windows 10 Login Screen Background
Solid color as Windows 10 Login Screen Background

Windows 11:

Windows 11 doesn’t support setting accent color as sign in screen background yet. So, you can set a solid color as sign-in screen background in Windows 11. However, if you disable lock screen picture from Settings > Personalization > Lock screen, it will turn login screen background to black.

Disable Lock Screen Background Picture In Windows 11
Disable Lock Screen Background Picture in Windows 11

Now, go to sign-in screen by locking or signing out your Windows 11 PC. Here, you can see BLACK background on login screen.

Black Sign In Screen Background In Windows 11
Black Sign-in screen background in Windows 11

SEE ALSO: How to Change or Remove User Account Picture in Windows 10?


Customize Sign-in Screen Background in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Above tutorial explained how you can change your login screen background in Windows 10 and Windows 11. As explained above, you can set Windows Spotlight, Picture, Screen saver or Solid color as your sign-in screen background. However, solid color support is not available in Windows 11 yet, but we hope to see it in future updates of Windows 11.

Well, we hope you liked this tutorial. In case you are having troubles changing your login screen background, feel free to drop a comment. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

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