Settings + personalisation

Personalising your lock screen

Personalise your Windows Phone lock screen with an image to match your mood and notifications that show you what's happening at a glance – missed calls, upcoming appointments, new messages, unread emails – whatever you care most about.

Lock screen on Windows Phone
Choose a custom background and must-have app notifications for your lock screen

To choose a background

Bring your lock screen to life with a favourite photo, get regularly updated images from Bing or let a third-party app make changes to your background for you.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Lock screen.

  2. Under Background, tap the list, then do one of the following:

    • To use a photo stored on your phone, tap Photo > Change photo, swipe over to the album it's stored in, then tap the photo. Pinch your fingers together on the screen or stretch them apart to zoom in or out, then tap Crop Crop icon when the image is framed the way you want it.
    • To get periodically updated images from Bing, tap Bing.
    • To let an app change your background for you, tap name of app, then tap Open app. (You can also open a lock screen app from the App list and set it as your background through the app.)


  • Some lock screen apps may use battery by running tasks in the background, even when they aren't open. To learn how to prevent apps from running background tasks, see the tips in Battery: making it last.
  • Some lock screen apps update the background image periodically. This feature may require a data connection.


Download the free Live Lock Screen BETA app for even more personalisation options, including unique lock screen layouts, animations and designs.

Lock screen settings on Windows Phone

To show the artist when music is playing

When you're listening to music while your phone's locked, your phone can show an image of the artist who's currently playing instead of your usual background image.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Lock screen.

  2. Turn on Show artist when playing music Toggle icon.

To choose notifications

Set up a detailed status notification to get more info for an app – such as the subject, location and time of your calendar appointments. Then set up a row of quick status notifications to see things like how many voicemails, texts, social network updates and game notifications you have waiting for you the next time you unlock your phone.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Lock screen.

  2. Under Notifications, do one or both of the following:

    • Tap Choose an app to show detailed status, then choose an app from the list. You can set just one detailed status notification.
    • Tap one of the Choose an app to show quick status slots, then choose an app from the list. You can fill up to five of these slots.


  • The order of the quick status slots in the settings menu corresponds to their order on your lock screen, so mix and match apps in whatever order you please.
  • Not all the apps on your phone have lock screen notifications that you can set. You'll see a list of available apps in the lock screen settings when you choose which notifications you want to see.

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