Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I just updated to Lion and I'm wondering why the background of the locked screen (login screen) seem to be different everytime I look at it: it is either the grey texture, the default desktop background or a plain black background.

Why isn't it the same background all the time ?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

If you are logging in fresh, it is grey linen.

If you are waking from sleep or display sleep without a screen saver enabled, it is the desktop background.

If you are waking from a screen saver, it is the screen saver itself.

Finally, if you are waking from display sleep or sleep after a screen saver has been ended by display sleep or sleep, it is a black background.

There does not appear to be a way to change this, but keep your eye on apps like Secrets. If anyone's going to figure it out, it's them.

share|improve this answer
What do you mean "screen saver has finished" ? – Cedric H. Aug 7 '11 at 15:34
Sorry that wasn't clear. I've edited the post. – Nathan Aug 7 '11 at 16:26
For me, sometimes its linen; other times its the galaxy background; and my desktop background is set to a solid grey color. No consistent behavior of the login background. – ybakos Jul 31 '12 at 13:51

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.