In OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6

I am trying to set my custom Screensaver, i.e. my own picture and not the predefined ones, just like as one would do for the Desktop background.

Is this possible?

2 Answers 2


Go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver tab and click the Snapshots item. Under the Source picker, you can choose any folder you desire using the Choose Folder... option:

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  • This is a great tip. I've been trying to figure out how to use one static (dark) image as a screensaver. I did this, and I only put one image in the file. Works perfectly.
    – TMHahn
    Aug 23, 2016 at 20:23
  • There is no "Snapshots" in my case. However, turns out that if I click to the "Floating", for example, icon, I have the option you mention ("Choose Folder").
    – gsamaras
    Aug 23, 2016 at 21:33

I also am on EL C 10.11.6 and was unable to set up my own screensaver. In fact none of the provided screensavers loaded either. Took me a while to figure out that you must select one of the options (eg Ken Burns) from the left hand frame for it to work.

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