How to change the lock screen on your Mac computer to a custom image in 2 ways

To change the lock screen on your Mac to a custom image, you can use Finder or System Preferences.

caption
To change the lock screen on your Mac to a custom image, you can use Finder or System Preferences.
source
Crystal Cox/Business Insider

Customizing the various features on a Mac computer can be a fun way to make it feel more like your own.

You can change the desktop background or icons, as well as the lock screen wallpaper, so your Mac truly feels like home.

This can be handy, especially if you live or work in a place where multiple people use the same kind of Mac.

Here’s how to change the lock screen picture on your Mac.

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

MacBook Pro (From $1,299.99 at Best Buy)

How to change the lock screen on your Mac computer

First of all, find an image that you want to use as your new lock screen. Make sure it’s a .png file, and fits the resolution of your computer.

The easiest way to change your lock screen is to change your desktop background. By default, your desktop and lock screen are linked, so changing the desktop will change the lock screen.

For information on how to do this, check out our article, “How to change your desktop background on a Mac computer to any image, in 4 different ways.”

There’s also a more complicated way to change just your lock screen, and keep your desktop the same.

1. Open your image of choice using Preview – if that isn’t your default viewer, simply right-click the image and select “Open with” and then “Preview.”

2. Rename the image as “lockscreen.png” by double clicking the name at the top of the Preview window.

3. Open the Finder in the dock at the bottom of your screen.

4. In the top toolbar, select “Go” and then “Go to Folder.”

Click on

caption
Click on “Go to Folder.”
source
Devon Delfino/Business Insider

5. Enter “/Library/Caches” in the pop-up window that appears and click “Go.”

Navigate to your Caches library.

caption
Navigate to your Caches library.
source
Devon Delfino/Business Insider

6. Click open the folder “Desktop Pictures” and then another folder inside with a name that is made up of a series of numbers and letters.

Open the

caption
Open the “Desktop Picture” folder to replace your lock screen image.
source
Stephanie Lin/Business Insider

7. Drag the image you want to use as your new lock screen into the folder and replace the original image, which should also be named “lockscreen.png.”

You’ll see your new lock screen image the next time you log into your Mac after a restart or shut down.

However, keep in mind that if you change your desktop background in the future, it will replace your lock screen image as well.

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech: