Disable Wallpaper Sync in Windows 10

Last Updated on October 12, 2017

I have a few PCs in my home. One Desktop and 2 laptops. The desktop is for browsing stuff on the internet, reading the news and a little bit of gaming. The laptops are for productivity work like writing articles on this site and programming for Android. Since the desktop is quite powerful, I can enable all the shiny new features that Windows 10 throws at it, but this is not the same for my laptop. Windows 10

I have enabled a slideshow of around 100 wallpapers on my PC which rotates every hour refreshing the screen. It is all smooth and works quite nicely. However, my laptop cannot handle that. It can barely remain stable with more than five Chrome tabs opened at a time. The task of syncing wallpapers all the time from the web is very tedious for it.

To fix that, I have set the solid black color as the wallpaper on my laptop. But Windows 10 still changes that to the wallpaper that is set on my PC every time. If you are facing this problem, this article is for you.

How to disable Wallpaper sync in Windows 10

What the problem is that by default, if you log in with a live account, Windows 10 syncs all your settings to their servers so that during the next setup, you won’t have to manually set everything. This is the reason why the wallpaper on my laptop changes as soon as it changes on my desktop PC. You can fix this problem by disabling the Theme sync in Windows settings app. Continue reading below for the steps on how to do that.

  • Go to Settings app > Accounts > Sync your settings.
  • Make sure that Sync settings option is enabledturn-off-sync
  • Below the Individual sync settings, turn off Theme sync.

That’s it. Now, Windows won’t send all your settings to other devices using the same Live account.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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