Settings + personalization

Personalize my lock screen

Personalize 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 email—whatever you care about the most.

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 favorite 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, and 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, and then tap the photo. Pinch your fingers together on the screen or stretch them apart to zoom in or out, and 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, and then tap Open app. (You can also open a lock screen app from the App list, and then set it as your background through the app.)


  • Some lock screen apps may use battery by running tasks in the background, even when they're not 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 personalization 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 regular 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—for example, 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, and then pick 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, and then pick 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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