How to customize and tweak your Windows 10 Lock Screen

Windows 10 is a unique operating system. Would you want to customise and tweak the lock screen on your Windows 10? Well, in that case, there are several options that you would be able to achieve.

Windows lock screen is quite unique in itself. It offers you a wide range of information about certain apps that includes calendar, the weather, and other features. You can even chat with Cortana from within the lock screen if you have installed Windows 10 anniversary update.
Here are a few customisations you can apply to your Windows 10 lock screen. For any of these customisations, you can access the lock screen through the following path -
Settings > Personalization > Lock screen

Change Windows 10 Lock screen background

The first option you would want to change for your lock screen is the background image. You can change between Windows Spotlight, any of your static pictures, and multiple images in a slideshow.
background image
Choosing Windows Spotlight will let you have access to different images in a periodical manner. You can also find information on these images. You just need to hover your pointer on the links for the information. If you choose the images yourself, you can choose between a set of thumbnails and images to display. Slideshow option will let you choose multiple images and they will be displayed in random order.

Choose the Apps to display on the lock screen

You can customise your select apps to be shown on the Windows 10 lock screen. There are two options available here. You can choose a single app to show the detailed status. Along with it, you will also be able to use a set of apps that will show quick facts on your lock screen.
lockscreen apps
Some of the apps that can display detailed status can be Xbox, Messaging, Mail, 3D Viewer, Weather, and Calendar. When it comes to the apps that show quick facts, you can click on the + sign and add your favourite app options.

Chat with Cortana when on Lock screen

This compatibility was added with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. You should be able to talk with Cortana and get information about your schedule or other important information.
Here are the steps you need to take care of -
  • When under the settings for lock screen, click on Cortana Lock screen settings
  • Toggle the option for Use Cortana even when the device is locked

Make sure you are on Windows 10 Anniversary update or higher to be able to use this feature. You will be able to talk to Cortana and do not need to be signed in to Windows 10. For better results, make sure you have allowed the integration of Cortana with your calendar, email, messages, and Power BI data even when your device is locked. This will improve your experience with Cortana on the lock screen. Otherwise, you may find Cortana directing you to sign in to your account.

In Conclusion

Those were a few customisation options you can use with your Windows 10 lock screen. With these tweaks and configurations, you can do a lot of things with your Windows system even without signing in to your Windows 10.

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