[Mac Tip + Video] How to set your screensaver as your wallpaper

In this short demo video, I demonstrate how awesome the image frames / photo wall screensaver looks as a wallpaper. Read on for the full tutorial…

Step 1: Choose your screensaver

In the modern times that we live in, the problem of burn-ins on computer screens have mostly disappeared, removing the need for screensavers. This is why you may not have your screensaver set up nicely. To do so, go to System Preferences.app, type “screensaver” and hit enter. Now choose the wallpaper you like and customize it as you wish.
Note: if you don’t want your screensaver to begin automatically after some time, select “never” from the time selection menu in the bottom right.

Step 2: Set as wallpaper

Press ⌘ + space and type “Terminal”, then hit enter to launch the Terminal application. Now copy and paste the following command:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background

Finally, hit enter to replace your screensaver with your wallpaper! Note that you’ll have to keep the Termial window open to keep the changes.

“Keeping Terminal running is so impractical!”

I thought the same, so (using Automator) I made a tiny application that will execute the above terminal command but will only be visible by a spinning gear icon in the menu bar. You can even set the app to open on login to retain the effect after you reboot your computer.

Download the app here.

It’s signed with my Developer Certificate, so there shouldn’t be a problem with GateKeeper security. If you get a popup that the application was blocked for security reasons, right click the downloaded .app and select “open” from there.

Source for Terminal command:

Set your Mac screensaver as the wallpaper with this Terminal command