How to Set Your Wallpaper to Windows Spotlight Images in Windows 11

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Microsoft has introduced amazing new features in Windows 11 since its release. Windows Spotlight is one of the new features introduced with Windows 11 Build 22000.708, which will now automatically change your desktop wallpaper every morning. This is the same feature that changes the lock screen background every day in Windows 10.


In this article, we will discuss Windows Spotlight feature, how it works and how you can enable it in Windows 11.

What is Windows Spotlight?

The Windows Spotlight feature has proven to be an amazing addition to Windows 10 as it automatically updates the background image on the Windows lock screen daily. Besides showing you attractive charts every other day, you can also see recommendations for other Microsoft products and services.

With Windows 11 Build 22000.708 and above, Microsoft extended the same functionality to the desktop. Therefore, in addition to the lock screen, you will see new attractive images on your desktop every morning upon login. Generally, these are images of famous places around the world or associated with events happening around the world.

In terms of how Windows Spotlight works on the desktop, there will be only one difference: you won’t see recommendations for Microsoft products and services that you usually see on the lock screen. This is a blessing in disguise as these recommendations can be annoying and there is no way to display them.

How often does Windows Spotlight replace the image?

Typically, Spotlight changes the background in a day, but it’s not guaranteed to do so daily. According to users on the Microsoft-Forum, Windows Spotlight sometimes gets stuck for days. If you also have this problem, you can refer to our guide on how to fix Windows Spotlight when it stops changing background.

How to Enable Windows Spotlight Wallpaper in Windows 11

Make sure your Windows is updated to Windows 11 version 22000.708 or higher before starting the Windows Spotlight activation process. Unless you do, you may not have the feature.

Follow the steps below to verify that:

  1. Right-click on Windows Begin button and select Settings.
  2. In the left sidebar, click System.
  3. After scrolling down in the right pane, click About.
  4. Check the Operating system version below Windows specifications.


To update the operating system if it is lower than 22000.708, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Windows Update in the left sidebar of the Settings application.
  2. Click on the Check for updates link in the right pane.

Following an update to version 22000.708 or higher, follow the steps below to enable Windows Spotlight for desktop:

  1. Go to the window Settings application.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Personalization.
  3. In the right pane, click Background.
  4. Select windows projector from Customize your background scrolling menu.

That’s it. Once selected, your desktop background will change to one of the Windows Spotlight images. In addition to the attractive background, you will find a small icon in the upper right corner. When you right-click it, you can either replace the background image with the next image in the Windows spotlight, or give Microsoft feedback on the selected image.

How to Disable Windows Spotlight in Windows 11

You don’t need to disable this fantastic feature. Still, if you’re worried about excessive battery drain or want to try out different Windows wallpapers, you can turn it off by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the window Settings application.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Personalization.
  3. In the right pane, click Background.
  4. Select any additional option windows projector in the Customize your background scrolling menu.

Discover new desktop backgrounds with Windows Spotlight

By now you should be familiar with how Windows Spotlight works and how it can make your desktop background more attractive. Use it to brighten up the look of your operating system.

Plus, the next time you come across a jaw-dropping Spotlight image, you can also save it for later use. Unfortunately, it is a bit difficult to locate one since it resides deep in the hidden folder of the same drive where the operating system is installed, but it can be done.


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