How to download and use Windows 11 wallpapers


Want your PC to look like Windows 11 without running it? You can now download the Windows 11 wallpapers for your own use.

Download Windows 11 Wallpapers

If there’s one thing most people love about Windows 11, it’s the new wallpapers. Windows 11 comes with several unique backgrounds, and you can use them for both your desktop and your lock screen.

The good thing is that you don’t have to wait for the official Windows 11 release to get these wallpapers for your other devices. XDA Developers managed to extract these wallpapers from the system and made them available for download.

Types of wallpapers in Windows 11

Windows 11 has wallpapers in different categories. You can choose and use any of these wallpapers on your current devices, including your Windows 10 PC.

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Fortunately, the download folder for these wallpapers has categorized each into its respective category. This makes it very easy to dive in and find the exact wallpaper you need. As such, let’s explore each category, show a few examples, and show where you can download them if any of them caught your eye.

Windows 11 4K Wallpapers

This category offers the signature Windows 11 wallpaper that you have probably seen on many sites on the Internet. In addition, this wallpaper is available in light and dark versions.

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Windows 11 lock screens

This folder contains lock screen backgrounds. There are a total of six wallpapers to style your lock screen.

Windows 11 Touch Keyboard Wallpapers

In this category you will find wallpapers for touchscreen keyboards. There are a total of eight wallpapers in this folder.

Windows 11 regular wallpapers

This folder offers wallpapers for various Windows 11 themes.

If you want to download these wonderful wallpapers (and why wouldn’t you?) Go to the XDA Developers website and scroll to the bottom of the article to find the download link.

How to use Windows 11 wallpapers on Windows 10

You can set these desktop and lock screen backgrounds on your device just like you would any other image. However, if you need help setting any of these images as your default desktop or lock screen wallpaper, let’s see how to do that.

How to set a wallpaper on Windows 10

  1. On your Windows 10 desktop, right click anywhere in white and select Personalize.

  2. In the Choose your image heading, click on the Browse button.

  3. Select the Windows 11 wallpaper you want to use.

  4. The wallpaper you chose is now the default background for your desktop.

Set a wallpaper in Windows 10

How to set a lock screen wallpaper on Windows 10

  1. Right click anywhere on your desktop and choose Personalize.

  2. In the left sidebar, choose Lock screen.

  3. Click it Background drop-down menu and select Photo.

  4. Click it Browse and choose a Windows 11 wallpaper.

  5. Your lock screen image is now changed.

Set a lock screen wallpaper on Windows 10

To go back to the default wallpapers, follow the same steps above. Then when you have the option to select a wallpaper, just select your default wallpaper.

Getting the look of Windows 11 before release

With these Windows 11 wallpapers, you can make your Windows 10 PC appear to be running Windows 11 without actually installing it. As such, even if you intend to stick with Windows 10, you can still benefit from the stunning graphic design of Windows 11 wallpapers.

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