How to Change Screensaver on Mac to Your Own Picture

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you want to personalize your Mac by changing the screensaver to your own picture? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the simple steps to change your screensaver on a Mac to a picture of your choice. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Selecting the Picture

The first step is to choose the picture that you want to set as your screensaver. It can be any image from your personal collection or even a downloaded wallpaper.

Step 2: Opening System Preferences

To change the screensaver on a Mac, we need to access the System Preferences. You can find it either in the Dock or by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Navigating to Desktop & Screensaver

Once you have opened System Preferences, look for and click on “Desktop & Screensaver.” This will open a new window with various customization options for your desktop and screensaver.

Step 3.1: Selecting Screensaver

In the new window, click on the “Screensaver” tab located at the top. Here you will see different screensaver options provided by macOS.


You can use Command + Spacebar shortcut keys, type “System Preferences,” and press Enter key to quickly open it.

Step 4: Customizing Screensaver

In this step, we will customize our screensaver by selecting our own picture.

Step 4.1: Choosing Screen Saver Module

In the left sidebar of the Screensaver tab, you will find a list of screensaver modules. Choose the one you prefer by clicking on it.2: Selecting Source

Once you have selected the screensaver module, click on the “Source” dropdown menu located on the right side of the window. From the dropdown menu, select “Choose Folder.”

Step 4.3: Adding Your Picture Folder

A new Finder window will open, allowing you to navigate to your desired picture folder. Locate and select the folder that contains your chosen picture and click “Choose.”

Step 5: Previewing and Applying Changes

Now that you have customized your screensaver, it’s time to preview how it looks and apply the changes.

Step 5.1: Previewing Screensaver

To preview your screensaver with the selected picture, move your cursor to the top-left corner of the Screensaver window and click on “Preview.” This will display a fullscreen preview of your customized screensaver.2: Applying Changes

If you are satisfied with how your screensaver looks in the preview, close the preview window and click on “Screen Saver Options” located at the bottom-right corner of the Screensaver tab.


You can press Command + Option + D shortcut keys to quickly start a screensaver preview.

Step 6: Finalizing Settings

In this final step, we will save our settings and finalize our customized screensaver.

Step 6.1: Screen Saver Options

In the Screen Saver Options window, you can adjust additional settings related to the screensaver module you selected. Make any desired changes and click “Done” to save your settings.2: Applying Screensaver

Back in the Screensaver tab, make sure the “Start after:” dropdown menu is set to your preferred time interval. When you are ready, close the System Preferences window.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your screensaver on a Mac to your own picture. Enjoy your personalized Mac experience with a screensaver that reflects your style and taste!

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