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How To Turn On / Off Login Screen Window Screen Saver In macOS

The macOS has an overall good appearance in terms of UI. Their developers did well in the front-end side of things. But is it really the best? Windows users seem to enjoy their UI way more compared to macOS users. Take for example their screen saver in macOS, it’s fine. Just fine, it has the conventional account logo and name, alongside somewhere to type in your password. If however you have a machine that spends long hours displaying only the login screen, you might need to spice it up a bit.

Screen saver in macOS came into the game to reduce the boredom. Developers had noticed that users needed something dynamic to excite them. It is exciting to watch the screen change automatically to something else. It is as if it has a mind of its own. Sadly, it’s just a setting. For some reason, the setting is quite difficult to locate on macOS. There is user interface to help manipulate the setting even, the only way to do it is via the Terminal.

Most people find command line arguments to be quite tasking. Considering how ugly the terminal interface is, I don’t blame users for avoiding it. Also, there is a lot of knowledge to consume before being well oriented with this. Something most users don’t take time to do, or rather, don’t have the time to do. But never worry, we are here to take you through all the steps:

How to enable Login Screen Saver in macOS

This setting is enabled by default when the machine is new. But in the computer world a lot can happen and you can find yourself needing to enable it. Or maybe you just forgot where the setting was from the last time disabling it. We have recently posted a guide much like this one.

Step 1

Open the terminal whichever way you know how to. There is the Spotlight way or through the directory(/Applications/Utilities).

Step 2

What we’ll need first is the stipulated time before the screen saver kicks in. The command below will do the trick.

sudo defaults write


loginWindowIdleTime 60

For this to be implemented, your password will be needed. Type it in a press enter. Next will be choosing which screen saver to use. To do this, the following command line argument should be keyed in.

sudo defaults write



“/System/Library/Screen Savers/Flurry.saver” 

The above is only an example of setting the Flurry screen saver. Logging out then back in will ensure the changes are implemented.

How to disable Login Screen Saver in macOS

This is also done through the terminal in a similar way. The command below will disable the setting immediately

sudo defaults write


loginWindowIdleTime 0