How to use Dynamic Wallpapers in macOS Mojave

With macOS Mojave 10.14, Apple introduced a new feature called Dynamic Desktop. This feature allows users to set dynamic wallpapers which change based on the time of day at your current location. Here is how you can use Dynamic Desktop wallpapers and download new ones in macOS Mojave.

Using Dynamic Wallpapers in macOS Mojave

The concept of dynamic wallpapers might sound like a slideshow-like feature, which was already part of macOS before. You could select a bunch of images to change after set time intervals. Technically, you can get the same experience by doing so. However, dynamic wallpapers are smarter than this. They change based on your location and time and do not require manual settings.

Dynamic Desktop macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave ships with just two Dynamic Desktop wallpapers called Mojave and Solar Gradients. These can be selected by going to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver. With Mojave, you can chose to either use it as a dynamic wallpaper or just set it as a dark or light still wallpaper. With Solar Gradients, there is no customization available.

Using Dynamic Wallpapers in macOS Mojave

It is unlikely that Apple will add to this list of dynamic wallpapers. Even with iOS, they added dynamic wallpapers but never added any new ones. Luckily, there is an easy way to add new dynamic wallpapers to macOS: from third-party sources.

Download Dynamic Wallpapers for macOS Mojave

Websites like DYNWALLS and Jeston Creative offer some nice alternative wallpapers. Dynamic Wallpaper, an app in Mac App Store also has a good collection of backgrounds that work with Mojave.

Here is how you can use third-party dynamic wallpapers:

  1. You simply need to download the wallpaper file from these websites, which would be in .heic format and save it to a folder on your Mac.
  2. Open System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and add that folder by clicking the + button at the bottom left of the window.
  3. Select the Dynamic Desktop wallpaper from the list

add third party dynamic wallpapers to macOS Mojave

Create your own Dynamic Wallpapers for macOS Mojave

You see the messy text in the above screenshot because these dynamic desktops are not based off official solutions. Apple has not defined any official method to create these desktop backgrounds. If you are interested in creating your own dynamic backgrounds, you can download Dynamic_Walls, which is a script that bundles your images into a .heic file which can be used as your wallpaper.

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