How to Set a Photo Library as the Screen Saver on Your Mac

How to Set a Photo Library As the Screen Saver on Your Mac

When it comes to screen savers, your Mac has a number of options for you. From being able to use a video as a screen saver to using your Flickr photos as a screen saver, you are never out of options for having a really beautiful screen saver. If you would like to have something more personal, such as your vacation albums, as your screen saver, you now have a way to do that.

The Mac’s built-in system panel allows you to set a photo library as the screen saver. That way you can gather all of your favourite photos in a photo library and then use it as the screen saver.

Here’s how you can go about doing that.

Setting a Photo Library as the Screen Saver

Ensure that a photo library already exists in Photos for Mac on your machine.

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner and select “System Preferences…” to be taken to the system panel.


2. When the system panel launches, click on “Desktop & Screen Saver.”


3. Click on the “Screen Saver” tab on the following screen.

On the screen select any screen saver from the left panel, such as Shifting Tiles, and that is how your photos are going to appear.

Once you have chosen a screen saver, click on the drop-down menu next to “Source” and select “Photo Library…” This is the option that lets you source images from a photo library to be used as a screen saver.


4. On the screen that follows, you should be able to choose a photo library that can be used as the screen saver.

You have multiple options to choose from: Moments, Collections, Years, Places, or Albums.

Select and option and click on “Choose.”


5. Now that you have your favourite photo library as the screen saver, you might want to customize it a little further.

You can select the “Shuffle slide order” checkbox, and it should randomly show the images from the chosen library.


6. If you would like for your screen saver to appear in a certain amount of time, select the appropriate option from the “Start after:” drop-down menu. You can select as short as one minute and as long as one hour for the start after time.


7. If you are all set with customizing the screen saver settings, you can preview the screen saver by hovering over the thumbnail and selecting “Preview.”



If you think the preloaded screen savers are just not for you, you now have a way to get your photos to act as the screen saver on your Mac using the above guide.

Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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