How to Change the Wallpaper on your MacBook

When your desktop starts to look boring and bare, that’s when you change the wallpaper on your MacBook just to have that different, personalized look. 

In this post, I will show you a couple of ways on how to change the desktop background on your Mac. So continue reading as we may be able to help you one way or the other. 

Change Wallpaper Via System Preferences

The first method is the most basic way in changing the background picture, and that’s through the System Preferences. In this tutorial, we will be using the wallpapers that come with your Mac.

If you simply want to change how the desktop looks, then there are a bunch of pictures you can choose from. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Right-click on the desktop (or tap the trackpad with two fingers). This will show a window with a bunch of options. 
  2. Click Change Desktop Background, and you will be brought to Desktop and Screen Saver settings, which is under the System Preferences. 
  3. Alternatively, you can access this page by clicking the System Preferences on the Dock, and clicking Desktop & Screen Saver. 
  4. By default, your MacBook uses the Dynamic Desktop, which changes the exposure of the background depending on the time. 
  5. And below that are pictures you can use as wallpaper. Browse through them to find the picture that soothes your eyes. You simply have to click on a picture to change the desktop wallpaper. 

And that’s how to change the wallpaper through the System Preferences. Again, if you simply want to change the way the desktop looks, this is all you need to do. 

However, if you have your own picture you want to use as your wallpaper, then continue watching. 

Use A Picture As Wallpaper

Sometimes we have a memorable picture that we want displayed on the screen and if that’s what you want, then here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Make sure you’ve downloaded the picture to your MacBook. It needs to be saved locally to be used as wallpaper. 
  2. Click Finder on the Dock so you can browse through your files. 
  3. Find the picture. If you’ve downloaded it from the Internet, then it should be saved under Downloads. Otherwise, it must be in the folder you created or specified. 
  4. To check if it’s the correct picture, right-click on it and click Quick View. 
  5. Once you’re ready to change the wallpaper, right-click on the file again, and this time, click Set Desktop Picture. 

And that’s pretty much it! 

I hope that this simple tutorial is able to help you one way or the other.