Different Ways To Customize Windows 10 Lock Screen

Do you want to customize the Windows 10 lock screen? On Windows 10 we always see a Lock screen before signing into your account, and while it may look like something unnecessary. It provides some essential functionalities before accessing the desktop.

For instance, in the Lock screen, you can view the date and time, display calendar events, and notifications from other applications. Also, you interact with Cortana, showcase your most favorite background pictures, personal pictures, and beautiful images from Bing via Windows Spotlight.

In this Windows 10 article, we’ll explain to you the steps to customize and get the best out of the Lock screen experience.

Different Ways To Customize Windows 10 Lock Screen

  • How to customize the background in the Lock screen
  • Customize application notifications in the Lock screen
  • How to Turn Off Lock screen background in the sign-in screen
  • Enable Cortana above the Lock screen
  • Adjust screen timeout in the Lock screen

How To Customize Background In The Lock Screen

Customize Background In The Lock Screen

Windows 10 lets you customize the look and feel of the Lock screen through the Windows Spotlight service. Use a single picture or showcase a collection of pictures from one or different folders.

Windows Spotlight

Spotlight is an amazing feature that connects with Bing to install or download and adjust the latest background images automatically to keep the look and feel fresh whenever you have to sign in to Windows 10. You can also turn on the feature using these steps:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Then use the drop-down menu of “Background” and choose the Windows Spotlight option.

After you’ve completed all the steps, the Lock screen will now add a new image whenever you sign in to your account.

Single Image

If you like to view always a specific image, you can also customize the Lock screen to show a single image with these instructions:

  1. Head over to the Settings.
  2. Then tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Then use the “Background” drop-down menu, and choose the Picture option.
  5. Tap the Browse button to add the image you like to use.

Image Collection

On the other hand, you can also use the following instruction to showcase a collection of images from one or different folders in the Lock screen:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Then use the drop-down menu of “Background”, and choose the Slideshow option.
  5. Choose the Pictures item.
  6. Tap the Remove item.
  7. Tap the Add a folder button.

    Note: Using this option, you can also add more folders with images.

  8. Browse the folder location with images that you like to showcase in the Lock screen.
  9. Choose the folder.
  10. Tap the Choose this folder button.

If you like to customize the experience more, tap the Advanced slideshow settings option, and choose turn on or off the options that you like to use while displaying a collection of pictures in the Lock screen, including:

  • Camera Pictures From OneDrive Or This PC: In addition to the folders you have chosen, enable the toggle switch. Then the Lock screen will also show pictures saved in your Camera Roll and OneDrive Camera Roll folders, which also include the pictures from your mobile and other devices.
  • Use Images That Fits My Screen: If you have different sizes of pictures in the folder, only those that can fit the screen will be shown.
  • When My PC Is Not Active, Display Lock Screen Instead Of Turning Off Screen: This option is identical to setting up a Windows 10 screensaver. However,, you can also use the drop-down menu to add when to disable the screen after the slideshow played for a specific amount of time.

At last, you might want to disable the Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen toggle switch to get more experience.

Disable Lock Screen Ads

To disable the ads:

Move to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen. Make sure your Background is set to Slideshowor Picture. Then disable the option to get tips, facts, tricks, and more on the lock screen.

Customize Application Notifications In The Lock Screen

Customize Application Notifications

The Lock screen also displays notifications from applications. With the help of this feature, you can also set a single app to show detailed notifications, and you can display quick notifications for various apps.

How To Set App Detailed Status

If you want to set an app to display detailed status, use these instructions:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. At the bottom of the “Choose an app to show detailed status” section. You can tap the Plus (+) button to choose the app you like to view more details on the Lock screen. (Using the None option will turn off this feature.)

Once you’ve successfully completed the instructions, notifications with detailed information from the applications will appear.

How To Set Apps Instant Status

To set one or more apps to display the number of unseen updates, use these instructions:

  1. Head over Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. At the bottom of the “Choose an app to show quick status” section. Tap the Plus (+) button to choose the app you like to view more details on the Lock screen. (Using the None option removes the item from the experience.)
  5. Repeat the second last step to configure quick notifications for extra apps (up to 7).

After successfully completing the instructions, in the bottom-left corner of the display screen. You’ll view icons with badges allowing you to know the total unseen updates for each app that you configured to display in the Lock screen.

How To Turn Off Lock Screen Background In Sign-In Screen:

Turn Off Lock Screen Background In Sign-In Screen

With the help of Lock screen settings, you can plan if the Sign-in screen uses the same background picture as the Lock screen:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Disable the Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen toggle switch.

Once you’ve successfully completed the steps, the sign-in screen will no longer add the same picture as the Lock screen. Rather than, it’ll display a solid color background from the recent scheme configured in the Personalization settings.

Enable Cortana Above The Lock Screen

Enable Cortana Above The Lock Screen

Also, you can use Cortana while on the Lock screen to check basic questions. Here’s how to:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Then tap the Cortana lock screen settings option.
  5. At the bottom of the Lock screen section, enable the Use Cortana even when my device is locked toggle switch.
  6. (Mandatory) Also, view the Let Cortana access my calendar, messages, email, and Power BI data when my device is locked option.

After completing the instructions, you can say the command “Hey Cortana” followed by your question, like “How’s the latest news?” to interact with the assistant on the Lock screen.

Hide Your Email Address On Lock Screen

Microsoft enables you to hide your email address on both sign-in or lock screens. If you’re privacy concerns and using your laptop in a public area, you probably don’t want your email address to show for all to see. The best thing is hiding it is very easy. Just move to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Privacy and disable Show account details (e.g. email address) on sign-in screen.

Adjust Screen Timeout In Lock Screen:

Adjust Screen Timeout In Lock Screen:

Well, if you always lock your device whenever you step out of the office using Dynamic lock or manually (Windows key + L). Then it’s possible to set the time before the screen disables automatically. Here’s how:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Personalization.
  3. Then tap on the Lock screen.
  4. Tap the Screen timeout settings option.
  5. Then use the “Screen” drop-down menu to specify when your display should disable when the device is plugged in.

Pro Tip: If you’re modifying these settings on a laptop, you’ll then view the option to adjust the display screen settings when your PC is running on battery.

Once you’ve successfully completed the instructions, the screen will disable automatically after the device is inactive for the amount of time you required.

That’s all about it…..!

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