Set Bing home page Picture as Lock Screen background in Windows 8

Bing Search, apart from being a great alternative search engine, displays cool pictures on its home page, which many just visit its home page simply view the new background pictures displayed for the day and get some information related to it. What’s more interesting is that you can even download these Bing images to your Desktop using Bing Downloader,  Bing Desktop, set them as your Windows Phone wallpaper or use them for your Windows 8 lock screen without downloading any third-party apps.

In this post we walk you through the process of setting Bing home page picture as lock screen background without downloading third-party tools.

Use Bing Homepage Picture as Lock Screen Background

The process is pretty simple! All you have to do is switch to the Windows 8 Start Screen and launch the Bing app.

If the app isn’t pinned to the Start Screen, simply type ‘Bing’ in the App search to locate and launch the app.

Once it has launched, right-click anywhere on the wallpaper or press Win+Z in combination to open the App bar.

The app bar displays the following options:

  1. Copy Link
  2. Copy
  3. Save As
  4. Set as Lock Screen

We are interested in setting the picture/wallpaper as Lock Screen Background. So, click the last option that reads as ‘Set as Lock Screen‘ to set the recent Bing image as your lock screen background.

If you want you can choose other tasks too from the app bar. For instance, you can select the ‘Copy’ option to copy the image to the Clipboard. Once you select this option you will be notified with a ‘copying to clipboard message’ on the screen. After the message disappears, you can paste the image anywhere you like.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Vasudev

    For me ‘Copy Link’, ‘Copy’, ‘SAve As’ options are disabled. Reason?

  2. Saad_haza_omar

    For me ‘Copy Link’, ‘Copy’, ‘SAve As’ options are disabled, for mi also are disabled

  3. Xsss

    Can you please tell me how did you edit the first image with the “Apps showing”?
    I like the way it shows that it was torn or something. I like that effect what’s the name of the effect / software ? 🙂

  4. Xsss sorry for replying so late! You can use screen-shot captor for editing images in such a manner. It’s available for download from TWC.

  5. ??????? ????????

    For some strange reason, right-click (or Win-Z) does NOTHING at the Bing app. The options do not appear!

  6. Stephen Bateson

    Make sure you are at the Bing home screen. That is, the screen you see before doing a search. If there are search results shown then press the “Left Arrow” button at the top left of the screen. HTH.

  7. clk

    this was very informative. Can you tell me now how to unlock bing once it has been picture-locked

  8. Has the ‘Set as Lock screen’ option changed? If so try clicking on it again.

  9. clk

    no – I have tried clicking that to unlock but all it does is attempt to relock the same picture. the other options such as copy all appear frozen with only the lockscreen option being highlighted :/

  10. vasudev

    Hi clk, are you on Windows 8? Here on Windows 8.1 I’m not getting those app bar options, actually no Bing app too. You can try unlocking it by changing the Lock screen from – Start Screen >Charms>settings >Change PC settings > Lock Screen and choose the given Lock Screen or browse to choose your own…

  11. Cristy Rawks

    @vasudev You are not talking about the BING lock screen though.

  12. Cristy Rawks

    me too!

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