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6 hidden macOS tips to customize your MacBook

MacOS is designed to offer a simple and modern desktop experience. So on the surface, it may seem like there’s not much you can do to tweak its appearance other than the essentials, such as dark mode. But whether you’re fed up with macOS’s look after owning a Mac for years, or just want to make it your own, Apple’s OS comes with plenty of hidden customization features you may have missed.

Over the years, macOS has gained several new ways to personalize its appearance. From lock screen avatars that react to incorrect passwords to a Control Centre that adapts to your needs, here are the best macOS customization tips you should be using.

Set an animated login avatar

Tired of being greeted by your static selfie when your Mac boots up? Lucky for you, macOS now lets you set an animated emoji or Memoji as your login avatar. These icons also respond to what you do on the lockscreen. For example, when you are away for too long, the character will go to sleep, or if you mistype your passcode, it will shake its head in disappointment.

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Head over to System Preferences > Users & Groups, hover over your login image, and click “Edit.” From the “Memoji” tab, you can pick a new animated avatar for your lock screen. You can also create one that looks like you by clicking the “Plus” button. Click “Save” once you’re done and lock your Mac to watch your refreshed avatar in action.

Create your own dynamic wallpapers

Out of the box macOS offers dynamic wallpapers that adapt to the time of the day, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to the ones Apple bundles by default. You can also create your own dynamic wallpaper.

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Download and install the free “Dynaper” app on your Mac. Launch Dynaper and drag and drop your pictures onto it. Select the time each image should go live, or you can have Dynaper automatically do that with the “Autosuggest Time” option. When you’re done, click “Export HEIC.” Locate the exported file on your Mac, right-click it, and click “Set Desktop Picture.”