How to Change the Login Screen Background on macOS Mojave

Did you know that you can easily set any image you like as your login screen background on your Mac? This short article explains how you can customize the login screen in macOS Mojave. Changing your Mac login screen background is pretty easy.

Update: If your Mac is running Catalina, see this article about how you can change login screen.

See also: How To Screenshot (Print Screen) And Record Screen On Your Mac

See the steps below required to change your background image when you are trying to log into it.

1. Find an image or photo to use it as a background photo. It is important that this picture should fit the resolution of your screen. Thus you may want to know your screen resolution. You can find that easily. On your Mac, go to Apple Menu > About This Mac and click the Displays tap. As you can see the image below, my screen resolution is 1280×800. So my background photo should be this size as well.

Apple Display Size

You may want to use a photo editor such as Photoshop or Pixelmator to ensure that your image matches the resolution of the screen.

2. I created a very simple image using Pixelmator. And saved this image on my desktop as a .jpg file. You can also find images online.

macreports background

3. And then rename your image as Mojave.heic (HEIC: High Efficiency Image Format). See below:

Mojave Heic file

4. Now, on your computer, Open Finder and go to Go > Go to Folder… (or press Command-Shift-G)

5. Enter /Library/Desktop Pictures/ and then click Go.

go folder

6. Find the Mojave.heic file.

7. As a backup method, let us change its name to something like Original-Mojave.heic (so you can change back later). You may have to enter your admin password.

8. Drag the new Mojave.heic image into the folder and exit (copy and paste). Again you will have to enter your admin password. Drag file desktop folder

9. Restart your computer

10. Done. You’ll see your new background.

new login screen

See also: Slow Mac?

To change your desktop background and thus your lock screen, Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver.

Also note that, as you probably know, your Mac has two screens: The lock screen and the log-in screen. This will change the login screen, the screen you type your password.

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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31 thoughts on “How to Change the Login Screen Background on macOS Mojave”

  1. macOS is really getting worse with every new release since the flat look. It’s more locked down, and virtually zero way for users to customize it the way they want it. It should not be this complicated just to change bloody login screen. What a joke! 👎

  2. The method in the article worked for me. I used a quick cheat though: I replaced the Mojave image with my standard desktop background, looking up its name in the System Preferences panel, finding the associated image in the Desktop Pictures folder, then duplicating and renaming as above. This should work with any of the standard desktop pictures and avoids the need for any resizing.

  3. Now it works! I both replaced Mojave.heic in /Library/Desktop Pictures/ AND saved my photo in /library/caches as “”. It seemed to take several re-starts before it caught.

    • OMG, I literally did ALL the steps that EVERYONE here mentioned and it still didn’t work out for me at all. Ugh!

  4. I have seen several articles on the internet that suggest that APPLE changes the
    way they display a login screen with EVERY sub-release since 10.14.2
    Obviously APPLE doesn’t like our efforts ….

  5. At point 3 above: renaming makes no sense: you got to CONVERT to .heic format,
    f.i. by Preview-> export.
    … didn’t work either …..


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