Configure Windows Spotlight on the lock screen

Applies to

  • Windows 10

Windows Spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen. Windows Spotlight is available in all desktop editions of Windows 10.

For managed devices running Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, enterprise administrators can configure a mobile device management (MDM) or Group Policy setting to prevent users from using the Windows Spotlight background. For managed devices running Windows 10 Pro, version 1607, administrators can disable suggestions for third party apps.

Note

In Windows 10, version 1607, the lock screen background does not display if you disable the Animate windows when minimizing and mazimizing setting in This PC > Properties > Advanced system settings > Performance settings > Visual Effects, or if you enable the Group Policy setting Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Desktop Windows Manager > Do not allow windows animations.

In Windows 10, version 1703, you can use the Personalization CSP settings to set lock screen and desktop background images.

What does Windows Spotlight include?

  • Background image

    The Windows Spotlight displays a new image on the lock screen each day. The initial background image is included during installation. Additional images are downloaded on ongoing basis.

    lock screen image

  • Feature suggestions, fun facts, tips

    The lock screen background will occasionally suggest Windows 10 features that the user hasn't tried yet, such as Snap assist.

    fun facts

How do you turn off Windows Spotlight locally?

To turn off Windows Spotlight locally, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Background > Windows spotlight > select a different lock screen background

personalization background

How do you disable Windows Spotlight for managed devices?

Windows Spotlight is enabled by default. Windows 10 provides Group Policy and mobile device management (MDM) settings to help you manage Windows Spotlight on enterprise computers.

Group Policy MDM Description Applies to
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content\Do not suggest third-party content in Windows spotlight Experience/Allow ThirdParty Suggestions In Windows Spotlight Enables enterprises to restrict suggestions to Microsoft apps and services Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education, version 1607 and later
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content\Turn off all Windows Spotlight features Experience/Allow Windows Spotlight Enables enterprises to completely disable all Windows Spotlight features in a single setting Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 1607 and later
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content\Configure Spotlight on lock screen Experience/Configure Windows Spotlight On Lock Screen Specifically controls the use of the dynamic Windows Spotlight image on the lock screen, and can be enabled or disabled Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 1607 and later
Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Cloud Content \ Turn off the Windows Spotlight on Action Center Experience/Allow Windows Spotlight On Action Center Turn off Suggestions from Microsoft that show after each clean install, upgrade, or on an on-going basis to introduce users to what is new or changed Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 1703
User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Cloud Content \ Do not use diagnostic data for tailored experiences Experience/Allow Tailored Experiences With Diagnostic Data Prevent Windows from using diagnostic data to provide tailored experiences to the user Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education, version 1703
User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Cloud Content \ Turn off the Windows Welcome Experience Experience/Allow Windows Spotlight Windows Welcome Experience Turn off the Windows Spotlight Windows Welcome experience which helps introduce users to Windows, such as launching Microsoft Edge with a web page highlighting new features Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 1703

In addition to the specific policy settings for Windows Spotlight, administrators can replace Windows Spotlight with a selected image using the Group Policy setting Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Force a specific default lock screen image.

Warning

In Windows 10, version 1607, the Force a specific default lock screen image policy setting will prevent users from changing the lock screen image. This behavior will be corrected in a future release.

lockscreen policy details

Pay attention to the checkbox in Options. In addition to providing the path to the lock screen image, administrators can choose to allow or Turn off fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on lock screen. If the checkbox is not selected, users will see the lock screen image that is defined in the policy setting, and will also see occasional messages.

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