The Mac login window is pretty boring. Although, the default wallpaper by default, and can be replaced by custom, which we will certainly talk about, I want to offer you another option. What if you put a screensaver instead of wallpaper? Of course, for this you need to enter several commands in the terminal, but believe me it is worth it! Let’s start?

What if you want to put your own picture instead of a boring login window? Everything is simple! Anything you need:

  • A little warming
  • Large picture
  • Do not worry, regarding the loss of the Apple logo above the username

Step one. Convert your original image to a PNG file! Files of other formats will not work. To do this, select the item “Save as …” in the Preview.

Convert image to PNG

Step two. Make a four (four.) copies of the PNG file and rename them exactly like this: apple.png apple_s1.png [email protected] [email protected]

Rename your files according to the instructions!

Step three. Just in case, make a folder. “Loginscreenbackups”, if you suddenly decide to return the old gray wallpaper by default. Otherwise, you will lose them forever!

Step Four. In the Finder, click Command + Shift + G, then enter this line in the pop-up window: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/LoginUIKit.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LoginUICore.framework/Resources/. Due to this, you can go to the system folder where wallpaper sources are stored.

Source folder

Step five. Find the sources, they are stored under the name apple.png apple_s1.png [email protected] [email protected], and then copy them to the folder for backup. If you want to return everything as it was, take copies of the sources from this folder. However, at the moment we do not need it – you can close it.

Step Six. After step # 5, go back to the system folder and drag your new wallpaper into it. Confirm file replacement.

Step Seven. The next time you turn on the computer, on the login screen you will be pleased with your new wallpaper. Enjoy!

We put a screensaver instead of wallpaper on the login screen!

Step one. Launch the Terminal
Step two. First, you need to decide how many seconds should be in idle mode before the Mac turns on the screensaver. To do this, enter this code: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.screensaver loginWindowIdleTime 60 The number on the end indicates the second (!) Before the screensaver is turned on. You can enter, instead of 60, your value. Injected? Click enter!
Step three. Now is the time to choose a screensaver for the login screen. How about the “Messages”? Enter this code into the Terminal: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.screensaver loginWindowModulePath “/ System / Library / Screen Savers / FloatingMessage.saver”. The message text is configured in “System Settings” in the “Desktop and Screensaver”. There you can also see how this or that screensaver will look on your Mac screen. Not satisfied with floating text? No problem!

Customize message text

To install Arabesque, enter this code: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.screensaver loginWindowModulePath “/ System / Library / Screen Savers / Arabesque.qtz”

To put the shell: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.screensaver loginWindowModulePath “/ System / Library / Screen Savers / Shell.qtz”

In the system settings, you can approximately see how this or that screensaver will look on your Mac screen.

And for the Rush Rush enter this code: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.screensaver loginWindowModulePath “/ System / Library / Screen Savers / Flurry.saver”

As you can see, everything is very simple! I hope these little tips can help diversify your Mac experience by making it even more enjoyable.