I'm asking for help with FileVault enabled.

A similar question was answered for Mojave, but their Swift program doesn't work in Big Sur because /Library/Desktop Pictures/Mojave.heic no longer exists.

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    Did you look for any other file with an heic extension?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 8, 2021 at 9:57
  • There exists Big Sur Graphic.heic, which looks like the one used in the FileVault login screen, how could I modify the answer used in Mojave to see if it works for me?
    – Alexander
    Apr 8, 2021 at 10:28
  • No answers but see also apple.stackexchange.com/questions/406879/… Apr 8, 2021 at 10:33

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The background of the login screen is in this location

/Library/Caches/Desktop\ Pictures/<a specific string>/lockscreen.png

If only one user is registered on your system, you will see a folder with a picture that is displayed on your lock screen and one from the system for which you first need higher rights to view it.

The lock screen folder of the system is there so that if, for example, several people are registered and just want to log in, this image then appears for everyone. The system doesn't know exactly who wants to log in, so there is a lock screen for everyone first. But if the user has clicked on his profile and wants to enter his password, he will see his lock screen again.

By the specific string, I literally mean the UUID, which you can look up:

Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Your Account > Right Click (Advanced Options) > Now you will see your UUID

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    Note: You need to first unlock the pane in order to right-click on the user account to get the Advanced Options… pop-up menu. Apr 8, 2021 at 13:48
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    Also note that if FileVault is enabled, you will no longer be able to change the loginwindow background.
    – da4
    May 8, 2021 at 16:10
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    In the Terminal, dscl . list /users GeneratedUID | grep $USER shows the UUID of the current user.
    – lhf
    Jul 29, 2021 at 21:09

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