Give your Mac an iOS 7-style Lock screen with this screensaver

By , Jan 15, 2014

ios 7 lock screen mac

With the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple reaffirmed that it is in no hurry to bring the design of iOS over to the Mac—the two have little in common when it comes to UI. But there are ways to customize your Mac to look more like iOS such as utilities, icon packs, and now this.

What you see above is a new screensaver for OS X that resembles the iconic iOS 7 Lock screen. It features an oversized, 4-digit clock, an animated background, and the text ‘Press any key to unlock.’ The screensaver is totally customizable and fairly easy to install. Take a look…

First, we’ll show you how to install the screensaver. The developer says it supports OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and before, and OS X Mavericks, but noted that Mavericks users on MacBooks have reported issues. For what it’s worth, I’m on a Retina MacBook and it seems just fine.

Step 1: You’ll want to download the screensaver from the developer’s website to either your Downloads folder or desktop (somewhere easy to find), and open the package.

Step 2: Drag the file named ‘iOS 7 lockscreen by bodysoulspirit.qtz’ to Macintosh Hard Drive > Library > Screen Savers. The developer has made this super easy by providing a shortcut to the folder called ‘Screen Savers alias.’

Step 3: Launch your Mac’s System Preferences app and click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon. The new screensaver should show up towards the bottom of the list.

And that’s all there is to it. Once selected, you can customize some things by opening Screen Saver Options. You can make the image fill the screen or stretch it, turn off the animation, change the text color from white to black, and change the clock format from 24-hour to AM/PM.

screen saver ss

I did notice one small caveat: if you change the clock to AM/PM mode, and the hour is single-digit, the number to the left looks a bit off. If there are 4 digits in the time, it looks fine, but if it’s say, 1:30, it looks weird. Other than that though, the animations and fonts used are spot on.

I can’t really speak to long-term use, as I’ve only had it installed a few hours. But for folks looking to add a little iOS flavor to their Mac, I recommend checking this out. It looks sharp, seems stable, and best of all, it’s free.

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  • 123bob

    That is seriously cool.

  • Linton Findlay

    i hope apple makes os 11 look like ios 7, feels weird seeing the notifications center on mac look the same as ios 6 and not 7

    • trumpet444

      eh. I get your point but I sort of don’t want to feel like I have an iPad desktop either

  • Jonathan

    I love you iDownloadblog.

  • Tobias Ruano

    I cant make it work on my imac 21

    • Filipe Baltazar

      go to:
      hard drive(macintosh)/library/screen savers/
      you should see a “defaults collection” folder, don’t drop the file inside it, drop it near the folder.
      i made the same mistake

      • Tobias Ruano

        Thanks!

  • Merman123

    Sweet

  • Prasoon Singh

    Doesn’t work.

  • norberto dominguez

    Me Gusta

  • Prasoon Singh

    I’m getting this error for some reason.

    • Federico Persiani

      me too

    • Gio

      Follow @filipebaltazar:disqus instructions above. Works great! Thank you!

    • Federico Persiani

      you need to do this:

  • Bennett

    It won’t show up in the Preferences pane for Screen Savers.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    AR7 released that screensaver / desktop wallpaper ages ago (check his deviantart)…

    EDIT: Ignore the above I thought this was just a wallpaper but it would appear to be an entire lockscreen…

  • hkgsulphate

    this post makes me wanna get a mac

  • Łukasz

    i don’t have any settings to configure, although the screensaver works (on defaults)

  • Jed_133

    This is running pretty slow and laggy on my Mac Book Pro, mid 2009 running osx mavericks. Also gave my trouble installing and moving into the screen savers folder. Just a heads up to everyone else.

  • https://twitter.com/noernandez Noé Hernández

    Thank you so much!!!

  • aagocs

    Pretty neat, but useless. Who use screensaver? Turning off the display saves you energy…

    • D1squs

      I use screensaver to my imac sometimes when im doing something.

  • El_cano2008

    I try to putted but I don’t now if is for Live screen or lock screen saver to don’t allowed to work

    • Siddharth Desai

      What?

  • siddique

    something problem wiith the site doesn’t open :”(

  • Prasoon Singh

    This is cool! I finally got it to work :)

  • 3l Principe

    Thank you, made my Mac crash completely..

  • Jayvee Rivera

    It does not work for me. I tried putting the file right beside the defaults collection folder but on screen savers, it does not detect it. Please help.