Custom text on the Mac lock screen: Instructions from macOS 13 Ventura

More than five years ago I explained to you how you display a message on the Mac lock screen / login screen can. Back then was the current operating system macOS 10.13 High Sierra and I took my MacBook Pro with me on trips, to the office, to coworking spaces and so on. than last year macOS 13 Adventure came out, I was only working from my own four walls and therefore no longer bothered with the "Did you find this MacBook?" message. But now I wanted to adjust them and was reminded that the system settings have changed fundamentally. Hence this update.

An individual text on the Mac lock screen / login window ensures that you can also make important information accessible to people without access to the account.
An individual text on the Mac lock screen / login window ensures that you can also make important information accessible to people without access to the account.

Show a locked message on Apple Mac: Here's how!

There is a dedicated section for the macOS lock screen in the redesigned System Preferences. If a message is to be stored on the same, then this can be done there with a slider and the "Set..." button to the right. You can find it all this way:

  1. Click on the top left of the menu bar Apple logo ()
  2. Select the item from its menu System settings ... from
  3. Now click on in the left list of the window lock screen
  4. Enable the "Show message when locked" toggle and click the button next to it
  5. Enter your text and complete the process by clicking the "OK" button

Mac lock and login screen notification usage examples

On the MacBook you carry around with you on the go, a reference to your phone number and/or email address can be helpful. This way the person who finds the device can contact you if you leave it somewhere. In companies, the extension number for IT support can be noted in this way so that the right experts can be contacted directly in the event of login problems. Macs accessible to the public or in certain institutions can display on the lock screen the indication of how long you can use it and from which people you can get the login information. So, the message on the Mac lock screen can help in a variety of ways.

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3 comments on “Custom text on the Mac lock screen: Instructions from macOS 13 Ventura”

  1. Good morning.
    Is it also possible to display a message on the iPad 11 Pro when it is locked?
    Thank you for your effort and have a nice Sunday.
    Kind regards. G. Hofter

    1. Johannes Domke

      Hallo,

      there is no setting on the iPad and iPhone that allows for a lock screen text controlled by the operating system like on the Mac. However, you can take detours here to accommodate information.

      The simplest solution on the iPad is to use a background image that has the text you want on it. For this you can z. For example, go to the Notes app, type the text, take a screenshot, and then take that set as lock screen wallpaper. Of course, better results can be achieved with image processing programs.

      Apps like AnyText so far only work on the iPhone with regard to the lock screen. Apple is limiting the use of widgets on the iPad's lock screen. Probably because all sorts of information tiles can already be placed on the home screen. And possibly also because the alternating portrait and landscape format view could lead to errors. Be that as it may, a background image is probably the best solution for now.

      Best regards
      John

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