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How to Change Wallpaper on Mac | Change Desktop Background

Bored of seeing the same background? Customize your device by changing the Mac wallpaper.

Apple’s Mac has a unique interface powered by macOS, designed especially for Apple PC and Laptops. Apart from its advantages, it supports a wide range of customization options but not much compared to Windows. But with the available customization option, you can give your Mac a personal touch with ease. Changing wallpaper is the most commonly preferred customization on any smart device. If you’re a new user and don’t know how to change Mac’s wallpaper, here are the steps you need to follow.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

If you want to replace the existing Mac wallpaper on your Mac with another, then you can make use of different ways.

  • Via System Preference
  • Using Device Photos
  • Via Finder

Change Wallpaper via System Preferences

(1). Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.

(2). Under System Preferences, select Desktop & Screen Saver.

(3). Select either Desktop or Screen Saver section to wallpaper.

(3). Select any section from the left pane to choose images.

Apple – Set the wallpaper from the Apple Default Macbook wallpaper gallery or choose any plain color or gradient as your wallpaper.

Photos – Set the photos that you have added before as wallpaper from your Photo section.

Folders – Search for an image from your gallery folder and set it as your wallpaper.

Change Wallpaper on Mac

Note: Click on the + button available below the list of folders. Make sure the selected folder has the wallpaper image.

(4). Click on any image you like from the right panel and set it as your wallpaper

In Mac Mojave or later, you shall select a wallpaper from Dynamic Desktop images. It will change the theme or climate of the wallpaper throughout the day based on the time and climate in your location.

Change Wallpaper on Mac using Photos

(1). Launch Photos app on your Mac.

(2). Control + click on the image that you want to set as wallpaper.

(3). Choose the Share option from the context menu.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

Note: You can directly click on the share icon from the top.

(4). From the sub-menu, choose Set Desktop Picture.

Select Set Desktop Picture to Change Wallpaper on Mac

(5). It will change your wallpaper instantly on your Mac device.

Change Wallpaper using Finder

(1). Click on the Finder icon from the dock.

(2). Search for the image you need to set as your wallpaper.

(3). Control + Click on the image to view the context menu.

Right Click to Choose Set Desktop picture

(4). Choose Set Desktop Picture from the menu.

(5). Now your wallpaper will be changed.

Change Background on Mac from the Internet

(1). Launch Safari browser on your Mac.

(2). Search and open any site that has the image you need to set as wallpaper.

Note: Some images may be protected by the respective website, and those images cannot be added as wallpaper. Mostly try to prefer image from Google Images or stock free images.

(3). Control + Click on the image to view the context menu.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

(4). Choose Use image as Desktop Picture, and it will be applied to your desktop screen.

How to Change Login Background on Mac

(1). Create an image or resize any of the available images to the resolution of the Mac screen.

To view the screen resolution, click on Apple Menu >> About This Mac >> Display section >> Note down the resolution.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

(2). Save the image as any name followed by .heic (example: Myimage.heic).

(3). Open Finder and click on Go from the menu tab.


(4). Choose Go to Folder or press Command + Shift + G combination on the keyboard.

(5). Enter the following /Library/Desktop Pictures/ and click on Go.

go to folder

(6). Move the image to the following folder and enter the admin password if prompted.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

(7). Restart your PC, and your login screen background will be changed.

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

To Conclude

You can change your Mac desktop background with any of the ways mentioned here in the article above. With this, you can even change the default Mac background with your most preferred image.

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