Home > Computing > How to disable ads on the Windows 10 lock screen

How to disable ads on the Windows 10 lock screen

how to disable ads on the windows  lock screen cortana
Greg Mombert/Digital Trends

Early this year many Windows 10 users were alarmed to go see that ads were popping up on their locks screens where no ads had been before. They were pretty, screensaver-like ads for Windows or Xbox games, but still ads. Unsurprisingly, people immediately called for a way to make them stop. Yes, there is a solution to make those ads on Windows 10 go away, but you’ll have to make a visit to your settings. We’ll explain just what’s going on here, and walk you through the fastest fix.

Read: Ads pop up on Windows 10 lock screen

Spotlight on Windows ads

Windows Spotlight Wallpaper

That lock screen advertisement that you are trying to get rid of is part of an initiative called Windows Spotlight, which is all about customizing your lock screen. When your computer goes to sleep or is temporarily turned off, it enters the lock mode – this is the security setting that requires you to enter your biometrics or passcode to log back onto Windows 10. The lock screen itself is good and keeps people from easily stealing your data, but turning it into an ad billboard after Windows 10 has already been released is annoying to some users.

Now, buying things on the Windows Store is a whole other discussion (Reddit isn’t a fan of getting video games there), but these ads are showing up for everyone, even those who have no intention of ever buying. If you fall in the latter category, it’s time to show you how to switch these ads off and replace them with an alternative.

1 of 3