Back to the Mac 04: How to install Dynamic Wallpapers in macOS Mojave

Image: Apple / Marcin Czachurski

Back to the Mac is a new series that digs deeper into macOS. Each week, I will review unique apps, reveal tips and tricks, and teach you how to further customize your Mac experience. This week, we will learn how to install Dynamic Wallpapers.

If you missed any articles in the series, or want to visit them again, click here.

Please note: For Dynamic Wallpapers to work, you need macOS Mojave installed. This will NOT work on any other macOS version.

Introduced this past fall with the release of macOS Mojave, Apple introduced Dynamic Wallpapers. Dynamic Wallpapers change with your timezone, making your desktop more immersive.

Apple only includes two Dynamic Wallpapers installed, but, developer Marcin Czachurski has developed his own ‘Earth’ Dynamic Wallpaper. Here’s how to get it.

First, you will need to visit Dropbox where you can download the file. Click here.

Next, once downloaded, create a separate folder called “Wallpapers” if you haven’t already done so before.


Move the file into the folder you just created. Next, open Settings, then go to Desktop & Screensaver.

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In order for Desktop & Screensaver to see the folder, you will need to add it. Click the (+) icon at the bottom left of the window. You will be prompted to add the folder.

Once you’ve added it, it should look like the image above.

If successful, you will see a “Dynamic Desktop” section above the regular “Desktop Pictures” as shown above. Click it, and you’ve successfully added a Dynamic Wallpaper. The wallpaper will only change based on time, and you can play around with that in the Date & Time settings.


If you’re interested in the wallpaper used, click here.

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