How to Turn On or Off Lock Screen Background Motion in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable lock screen background motion in Windows 11.

The lock screen is the startup screen you see when you turn on your computer on before signing in. The lock screen is also displayed when you lock (Windows key + L) your session or step away from your computer and you are prompted to sign in again.

On tablet and other mobile devices running Windows with accelerometer, the lock screen background will pan around a still image as you physically move your device or change its orientation.

You can choose to prevent lock screen background motion using a static lock screen background image. Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable lock screen background motion in Windows 11

As mentioned above, on tablet and other mobile devices running Windows with accelerometer, the lock screen background will pan around a still image as you physically move your device or change its orientation.

Below is how to turn on or off lock screen background motion.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Personalization on the left, then select the Lock screen tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 personalization lock screen

On the System > Personalization > Lock screen settings pane, toggle the switch button for “Make the lock screen image react when I move my PC” to On or Off to enable or disable this feature.

windows make the lock screen image react when i move my pc

If the switch is On, Windows will automatically react when the PC is physically moved. If Off, a still image will be used instead.

If you turn on “Make the lock screen image react when I move my PC” in Windows 11 as described above, you can turn it off using the steps below.

Go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen, then toggle the button switch to the Off position to use a still image on the lock screen when the PC is physically moved in Windows 11.

turn off make the lock screen image react when i move my pc

That should do it! You can now close Windows settings app.

Alternatively, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

In the Personalization details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting Prevent lock screen background motion.

windows 11 prevent lock screen background motion

In the Prevent lock screen background motion setting window, set the option to Enabled or Disabled.

windows 11 prevent lock screen background motion enable disabled

Select OK.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn On or Off lock screen background motion in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment below to report.

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