How to change wallpaper automatically on Windows 11

Here are two ways to change the desktop background image automatically on Windows 11 without thrid-party tools.

Windows 11 change wallpaper automatically
Windows 11 change wallpaper automatically

On Windows 11, you have at least two ways to change the desktop wallpaper automatically, using the Windows Spotlight and Slideshow features.

The Windows Spotlight is a feature on Windows 11 that connects with the Microsoft servers to dynamically change the desktop background automatically with different images from around the world.

On the other hand, the Slideshow feature allows you to select a folder with personal pictures or other types of images that will rotate automatically at a specified time range.

This guide will teach you the ways to show different desktop wallpapers throughout the day on Windows 11.

Change desktop wallpaper automatically on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can change the desktop wallpaper automatically in at least two ways, including the Windows Spotlight feature and the Slideshow background features.

Change wallpapers with Spotlight

To change wallpapers automatically with the Spotlight feature on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Background page.

  4. Under the “Personalize your background” section, select the Windows Spotlight option.

    Spotlight automatic wallpaper

Once you complete the steps, the first desktop wallpaper will automatically be set on the desktop, and the background image will change automatically during the day.

Alternatively, you can enable the feature from Settings > Personalization > Themes and select the Windows Spotlight theme.

If the desktop is configured to show icons, then you will see the “Spotlight” icon that allows you to train the feature to show more images tailored to your preferences.

Change wallpapers with Slideshow 

To rotate desktop wallpapers automatically with the Slideshow feature, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Background page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Personalize your background” section, select the Slideshow option.

    Slideshow change wallpapers automatically

  5. Click the Browse button.

  6. Select the folder with wallpaper to rotate automatically on the desktop.

  7. Click the Choose this folder button.

  8. Select how often to change background images automatically with the “Change picture every” setting.

  9. (Optional) Turn on the “Shuffle the picture order” toggle switch.

After completing the steps, the desktop will change the background image according to your configuration on Windows 11.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].