Different Ways to Change Desktop Picture (Background) On Mac

MacBook pro desktop background

Are you bored of that one photo or the default photo that is your desktop background on your MacBook? Well, you’re in luck because that photo can be changed. You can use any photo of your choice as the desktop picture (background) on your Mac.

There are more than one ways to do this though. You can go through the System Preferences section of your computer, or do this from the Photos app, or from the Finder app. The important thing is that you’re achieving the same goal of properly customizing your Mac to suit you.

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In this post, we’ll take you through the steps to change the desktop picture on your Mac in all the different ways possible. Read through and go with the one that’s best for you.


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How to Change Desktop Picture or Background On Mac

From System Preferences

Follow the steps below to change the desktop picture on your Mac from the System Preferences section of the computer.

  • Click on the Apple icon at the top left corner of the device and select System Preferences.
system preferences mac
  • Select Desktop & Screen Saver.
desktop and screen saver Mac
  • From the Desktop section, click a folder on the left to open it, then select a preferred photo from the right side.
Desktop picture background Mac
  • Once you click on any photo, it changes your desktop picture.

From the Photos App

To change your Mac’s desktop picture from the Photos app, please follow the steps below.

  • Open the Photos app on your Mac.
  • Identify and right-click the image you want to use.
  • Select Share from the menu that pops up and choose Set Desktop Picture from the sub-menu.
desktop picture background mac
  • That photo will be set as your new desktop picture.

From the Finder app

You can set your desktop background from the Finder app on Mac. Follow the steps below to do this.

  • Open Finder.
Finder app on MacBook
  • From the Finder window, right-click on the photo you want to use as desktop background.
  • Select Set Desktop Picture from the menu that shows up.
desktop picture background from Finder Mac

From Safari Browser

Follow the steps here if you saw a photo while browsing on Safari and you want it to be the desktop picture on your Mac.

  • Right-click on the photo you want to be your desktop background while browsing in Safari.
  • Select Use Image as Desktop Picture.
desktop picture background from Safari
  • The image will immediately be used as your desktop background.

Those are 4 different routes you can use to set your desktop picture on Mac. Let us know which of the ways you decided to use. Also, use the comments section if you got stuck on any of the steps and need help. We’re happy to help out.

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