How to Change Walpaper on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the wallpaper on your Mac is a great way to personalize your computer and give it a fresh new look. Whether you want to use one of the stunning images provided by Apple or set your own favorite photo as the background, it’s a quick and easy process. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to change wallpaper on Mac with some helpful tips along the way.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + Spacebar” to open Spotlight Search and type in “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Choose Desktop & Screen Saver

Once you have System Preferences open, locate and click on “Desktop & Screen Saver.” This will open a new window with various options for customizing your desktop.

Step 3: Select Wallpaper

In the Desktop tab, you’ll find several preloaded wallpapers categorized by collections such as Dynamic, Stills, or Favorites. Boldly, choose from one of these collections or navigate to the left sidebar and select “Photos” to use an image from your own library. Feel free to explore each collection until you find something that catches your eye.


  • Experiment with Dynamic Wallpapers: These wallpapers change throughout the day based on time or lighting conditions, providing a dynamic experience for your desktop.
  • Create Your Favorites Collection: If you come across wallpapers that you love, click on them and select “Add to Favorites.” This will create a personalized collection for easy access in the future.

Step 4: Adjust Wallpaper Settings

Once you have chosen a wallpaper, you can further customize it to fit your preferences. You’ll find options to adjust the picture’s position, scale, or even add a solid color background behind it.


  • Choose the Best Fit: Experiment with different picture positions (Fill Screen, Fit to Screen, Stretch to Fill Screen) and scaling options (Center, Fill Screen, Stretch) until you achieve the desired look.
  • Add a Solid Color Background: If your chosen wallpaper has empty space around it or you simply want to enhance its appearance, select a solid color from the “Solid Colors” option and it will serve as a backdrop for your wallpaper.

Step 5: Set the Wallpaper

Once you are satisfied with your wallpaper selection and settings, close the Desktop & Screen Saver window. Your new wallpaper will be automatically set as the background on your Mac.


If you want to change your wallpaper frequently or have it automatically change at specific intervals, consider using third-party apps such as Wallpaper Wizard, which provide additional features and a wider range of wallpapers to choose from.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed the wallpaper on your Mac. Enjoy your refreshed desktop experience!

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