How to Customize Windows 10 Lock Screen:

Would you like to learn how to customize your Windows 10 lock screen? But, do we need the Windows 10 lock screen, well the answerer would be Yes and No, and if we don’t need it, is there a way to turn it off? Yes there is a way to disable it and I will go over how to do that, but first let’s look at why you would want to keep it and look at ways to customize the LockScreen for a better user experience.How to customize Windows 10 lock screen

Few of us ever take the time to customize our LockScreens and sign-in options. That is common especially when you are using  Windows 10 Operating System. The Windows 10 Lock screen soon begins to feel redundant, and the impulse is to switch it off. But before you do, the two separate screens can be customized to suit your needs including notifications, wallpapers, navigation, general aesthetic, and security.

Should I Disable the Lock Screen?

Before we continue on how to customize the lock screen let’s take a look at why it’s there in the first place. The main purpose of the Lock screen is so that when you either sign out or power down your computer, it will be locked from anyone else attempting to access your computer without your permission.

This is where the use of a password comes into play, but what if you don’t need the protection of having your computer locked, for example, let’s say that there is only you around that has access to it. Well then you wouldn’t need it, or maybe you and your partner are the only ones and you share everything with each other, so again there would also be no reason to have the computer locked.

But if you have really sensitive information on it that you wouldn’t want anyone to get hold of, say they brook into your home or office and stole your computer. Well then if this is the case you will want your computer to lock up after you power down or sign out.

Well, we can get rid of the need to enter the password altogether, but there will still be the Lock Screen showing up anytime the computer is powered back up or restarted. So knowing that let’s take a look at how we can customize it to make it a more pleasurable experience whether or not you decide to disable the password screen.

Background Image:personalize-lockscreen

The first thing we can customize is the background image, and we get three options to choose from to do this. Now the way we get to this is by clicking on our Windows icon in the lower-left corner of your screen then select the settings gear icon>Personalize>Locksreen, then you will see a box with a down arrow under the heading “Background” once there click on the down arrow and you will have your three choices to choose from. They are-

  • Windows spotlight: Here Microsoft will pull high-resolution photos from the Bing homepage onto your screen. The pictures cycle periodically, depending on how often you log-out or power-down your computer. And on occasion Microsoft allows you to rate them regarding your preference and down-vote those you dislike. This way you will get more images that will fit your tastes
  • Picture: Choosing this one will let you pick images from five different Windows pictures or you can choose to browse your computer for any image you have loaded to your hard drive.
  • Slideshow: captureWith this one, you get to add multiple images from any folder, or folders of your choosing as long as the folder contains images, and then when your computer is in lock screen mode you will get a slide show of your chosen photos as the background image. You can also select “Advanced slideshow settings” where you can turn on or off three different settings such as “Include Camera Roll folders from this PC and OneDrive”,  “Only use pictures that fit my screen” or “When my PC is inactive, show lock screen instead of turning off the screen”, and on the fourth setting  under “Turn off Screen after slideshow has played for” you can choose a time frame of 30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, or “Don’t’ turn off

Turn on or off Notifications on your Lock Screen:

Sometimes you may or may not want your notifications to pop up on your lock screen when it is locked. You can opt to turn off the notifications as a security measure or simply as a personal preference. To activate this option, open the Settings menu, then  System > Notifications & Actions > Show notifications on the lock screen and switch it on or off. You can also turn on or off the feature that will “Show alarms, reminders, and incoming VoLP calls on the lock screen”.

Put Cortana on the Lock Screen:How to customize Windows 10 lock screen

Cortana has been given numerous updates, and with the latest version (Windows 10 Anniversary update) you can have your appointments and check-up stats to show up on your lock screen so you can see them without having to unlock your device. To set up the Cortana lock screen settings go to Settings > Personalization> Lock Screen > and near the end of your screen select “Cortana lock screen settings”.

From there the Cortana screen will appear with options to customize the way it will interact on your lock screen, like the weather, your messages, calendar, Power BI data, and email when your device is locked by selecting the appropriate options in the Cortana home screen.

And for the neatest feature, you can now chat with Cortana while you’re on your lock screen just by making sure you have turned on the “Use Cortana even when my device is locked”.

Add Some Apps to your lock screen:How to customize Windows 10 lock screen

You can choose from any of the 12 applications available (like Mail, Messaging, Alarm clock, Calendar and so on)  to show a quick status on the lock screen, and you can select one of them to display detailed status to the lock screen. Like choosing your weather app you will have a detailed display of the weather in your area. And you can also click on or off the option to “Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen”. This only works if you chose to have a picture or slideshow for your background image. Now to enable any of these, you go back to the Settings menu >Personalize > Lock screen > and on the right, you will see all the above options to choose from.

Change The Sign-in Display Background:picture

In the same screen from above, you have the option to choose whether or not to have the same picture as your lock screen or just a solid color showing up on your Sign-in Display screen. You will notice that the Windows logo is now gone and in its place, you will either have a solid color or the picture from your lock screen settings Depending whether or not you switched it on or off.(Settings>Personalize>Lock screen)

Hide your email address:

Windows 10 features allow you to hide your email address on the sign-in display as a security measure. The latest Windows update automatically turns on this option. However, if this option is not automatically updated on your Windows 10 app, then you can activate it yourself. You can toggle this option on and off through the Settings menu. Simply go to Settings> Accounts > Sign-in Options > Privacy >Display account details (e.g. email address) on the sign-in screen.


So as you can see there is a lot more to the Windows 10 Lock screen than first meets the eye. Now if you would like to skip your sign-in screen all together continue reading.

Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen & Password:How to customize Windows 10 lock screen

Here you will be able to eliminate the lock screen and password screen from showing up when you first turn on your device. In doing this you will be enabling automatic login when you turn your device on. You just want to be sure that your device is in a safe place that will not be subject to any unknown person gaining access to it. So if you have roommates or other individuals like at an office that you share with others, and you don’t want them to be able to access your computer files, then, by all means, don’t do this. The reason the lock screen is here is for Security reason.

This is really simple to do, all you need to do is to go to the command prompt by right-clicking on the start menu (Windows icon), next select “Command Prompt (Admin)”, and once the screen opens you want to enter “netplwiz” at the prompt (without the quotes). From here select the account you want to automatically sign in with and then uncheck the “User must enter a username and password to use this computer.” Box, click OK and then enter your password that you use to sign in with, do it twice, on the next screen. That’s it, now the next time you turn on your device it will automatically sign in for you and you will no longer have to enter your password.

Now if at a later time you wish to enable the lock screen just follow the above instructions and where you unchecked the box, you will want to check it now and then click OK and enter your password.

How to Customize Windows 10 Lock Screen

See now wasn’t that easy. With just a few tweaks here and there you now have a customized your Lock screen. And with the help of Cortana, you can see your weather, messages, email, and more all without having to unlock your device.

So what are you waiting for, customize your lock screen to fit your own personality?

Have Any Question About Windows 10 Lock Screen?

I love hearing from my readers so if you have any other Ideas for customizing the Lock Screen why not share them with us. And if you have any question at all you can leave them in the comment.


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  1. Owain

    Thanks for the useful guide. I had before removed the lock screen because it is only me and my wife at home. I hadn’t thought about thieves breaking in. They could even take it with them. I do have sensitive information on it so would want to keep it safe. Thank you for explaining the process so I can lock it again.

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey Owain, I had laptop stolen from me a few years ago, and luckily I hadn’t disable the login page. Now I suppose that if they were educated in hacking computers or devices they would have eventually found that there wasn’t anything important on that laptop.

      But with crime happening more and more, you just never know, thats why I mentioned it, and for a few seconds it takes to enter your password it might be worth it in the long run.

      I’m glad you found this helpful, and should you ever need any help, give me a shout!


  2. Anh Nguyen

    Hey there,

    Thanks for sharing with us how to customise our lock screens. As someone who works extensively on my laptop, I always look for ways to customise it to fit my aesthetics. I’m glad to learn how to disable Cortona, it frees up more space to since I barely use her. 🙂


    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Anh, thanks for stopping by, if you aren’t using Cortona, then definitely disable her and save space, CPU, and memory resources. If down later the road you decide you want her back you can always go to the settings and re-activate her.

      Give me a shout if you need any help with anything, I’m happy to help.


  3. Jaylin

    I like to keep my lock screen with an image of a cowboy just to make sure I stay motivated (don’t judge me) but I wish there was a way I could play music on my lock screen too.

    I wouldn’t recommend disabling a lock screen unless you just happen to be in a position where the safety of your data isn’t at a potential risk (not the case where I am). Great article.

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Thank you for your imput Jaylin, that is a great choice for an image, something to keep you motivated.

      I agree that it is not wise to disable the lock screen, especially when it only takes a second or two to enter a password. You just never know who may get access to your devices even though a person may think they are safe.

      Thanks for stopping by Jaylin, and hope to see you around!



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