Change Screen Saver settings on Mac
On your Mac, use Screen Saver settings to hide the desktop when you’re away from your Mac or if you need extra privacy. Learn how to use a screen saver.
To change these settings, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Screen Saver in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)
Open Screen Saver settings for me
Current screen saver thumbnail
The screen saver currently used on your Mac.
Check how a screen saver looks full screen.
Select a screen saver thumbnail from the grid below, then click Preview. To stop the screen saver and return to Screen Saver settings, move the pointer.
Options vary based on the screen saver you select.
Screen saver selection thumbnails
Click a thumbnail to set your screen saver, such as Floating, Message, Word of the Day or Random. The small preview shows how it looks.
Show with clock
Display the current time with the screen saver.
To change how long your Mac can be inactive before the screen saver starts, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Lock Screen in the sidebar and choose settings on the right. (You may need to scroll down.) See Change Lock Screen settings.
To start or stop the screen saver when you move the pointer to a screen corner, choose Apple menu > System Settings, click Desktop & Dock in the sidebar, then click Hot Corners on the right. (You may need to scroll down.) See Use hot corners.