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How to change the screen saver on Mac?

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Screen savers often enhance the aesthetics of your device, be it a Mac, Windows, Android or iPhone. It can be a photo, animation or an animation that appears on your screen when your device is idle for a certain amount of time. You can fix the time as per your accord.

Here are some ways in which screen savers can be useful for you:

  • Screen savers help in preventing screen burn-in. Screen burn-in is permanent damage to the screen pixels that is caused when you display the same image for a long time.
  • Screen savers can also serve a security purpose, albeit a shallow one. They can hide your screen while you’re away. However, screen savers are not regarded as a security mechanism. It is just a side add-on if you’re away for a few minutes.

The process of changing the screen saver is different on all devices. So, how will you change the screen saver on Mac? In this article, we’ll explore the answer to this question so that you can play with screen savers at your will.

Change screen saver on Mac

Here’s how to change the screen saver on Mac:

Step 1: Head to the Apple Menu and then select System Settings.

Step 2: Select Screen Saver under Desktop and Dock from the left panel.

Now, select any option from the right panel. You can browse from the list of options such as macOS, Landscape, Cityscape, and Underwater.

Easy right? Head to the next section for more options to customise the screen savers on Mac.

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Customise screen savers on Mac

Now that you have understood how to set or change Mac screen savers let us quickly learn to customise them to stand out among your peers.

To use the same screen saver on every desktop space you have created, turn the toggle in front of the ‘Show on all Spaces’ option at the top.

To select individual screen savers for every desktop space, click on the pop-up menu below the screen saver thumbnail and then select individual screen savers.

Lock screen settings

You can adjust additional screen saver settings by heading to Lock Screen at the left panel.

Here, you can select when to activate the screen saver when your Mac is idle or turn off the display after a while. To activate the screen saver after a set time, head to the Start Screen Saver when inactive option at the top and then press the upward or downward arrow to increase or decrease the time.

Similarly, head to the Turn display off when inactive option and set the time.

To set the password after the screen saver is activated or the display is off, head to the Require password after screen saver begins or display is turned off option and set the time.

Thus, changing a Mac’s screen saver is easy and a matter of seconds. Remember to set a screen saver that is soothing and relaxing while appropriate to the surrounding people. You should not put anything as a screen saver that may hurt your colleagues or peers.

Also read: How to change your iPhone’s name?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: