Windows spotlight is a new feature introduced with Windows 10. The spotlight feature, when turned on, displays latest Bing homepage picture as your Windows 10 lock screen background. The spotlight feature can also be configured to display pictures from a specific category by clicking I want more or Not a fan option on the lock screen.
The Windows spotlight feature can be turned on or off under personalization section of the Settings app. In other words, in order to turn the spotlight feature, you need to right-click on desktop, click Personalize, click Lock screen, and then select Windows spotlight from the drop-down menu.
At times, according to a number of Windows 10 users, the Windows spotlight feature goes missing from the personalization section of Settings for no specific reason. If you’re unable to see the Windows spotlight option under lock screen section of Settings app, you can try out the following methods to restore the missing Windows spotlight feature.
Method 1 of 5
Make sure that you’re running the newest build of Windows 10
It’s important to make sure that you’re running Windows 10 with latest updates because the Windows spotlight feature was not present in builds released before Windows 10 November or Threshold 2 update. Please refer to our how to check if you have installed November or Threshold 2 update and proceed further only if you’re sure that November update is installed. Make sure that the OS build number of 10586 or above.
Method 2 of 5
Remove apps from lock screen
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click Personalize to open Personalization section of Settings.
Step 2: Click Lock screen. Under Choose apps to show quick status section, click on the first app and select None to remove it from the lock screen. Like this, you need to click on each and every app in the list and select None to remove all those apps from lock screen.
Step 3: Next, click on the app under Choose an app to show detailed status section and then select None to remove the same from lock screen.
Step 4: Close all running apps, sign out and sign in. Navigate to Lock screen settings in Settings app. The Windows spotlight feature must be available now.
You may now add apps to the lock screen by clicking the plus icon and then selecting the app that you want to show quick status on lock screen. Likewise, you can also add one app to show detailed status on lock screen.
Method 3 of 5
Disable “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen” option
IMPORTANT: We recommend you turn off “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen” option only after you removed all apps from the lock screen by following the directions in Method 1.
Step 1: Once again, right-click on desktop, click Personalize to open Settings, and then click Lock screen to open lock screen settings.
Step 2: Scroll down to see Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen. Turn off the option.
Sign out and sign in. The Windows spotlight feature should be available now.
Once the Windows spotlight is available, you can turn on “Show Windows background picture on the sign-in screen” option again.
Method 4 of 5
Turn off PIN lock
For some users, turning off the PIN lock enabled Windows spotlight feature. Of course, you can skip this method if you haven’t turned on the PIN lock feature.
Please refer to our how to use a PIN sign in to Windows 10 guide for detailed instructions.
Method 5 of 5
Remove Cortana from Lock screen
In Windows 10 Anniversary update builds, there is an option to add and use Cortana right from the lock screen. If above solutions didn’t help you, remove Cortana from Lock screen to check if Windows spotlight works. Here is how to that:
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click Personalize, and then click Lock screen to see its settings.
Step 2: Click the link labeled Cortana lock screen settings.
Step 3: Turn off the option labeled Use Cortana even when my device is locked to remove Cortana from lock screen.
Check if the Windows spotlight appears and works in the absence of Cortana. You can add Cortana back to lock screen later by following above mentioned steps.
You might also like to read our how to download Windows spotlight pictures guide.