How To Access Over 40 Gorgeous Secret Wallpapers In OS X Mavericks

Posted in How To, OS X on 29/10/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple is well known for bundling great wallpapers with OS X, and Mavericks comes with many fantastic wallpapers built in – but did you know that Apple packed in over 40 more secret wallpapers that are just as awesome?

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As it turns out, there are 43 additional great high-res wallpapers hidden deep inside Mavericks, including several stunning shots from National Geographic! Even better, unlocking these hidden wallpapers is easy! In truth, the “hidden wallpapers” are actually high-res stills of the built-in screensavers in Mavericks – but they’re still quite impressive.

Such gems were also available in OS X Mountain Lion, but as Lifehacker notes, Apple has now made them easier to access in OS  X Mavericks. Just head to the following URL through the Finder:

/Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/

To access them, head to the Desktop and Screen Saver pane in OS X System Preferences, click the plus button in the bottom left corner, and add each of the four folders found in the Default collections directory to your list. That’s all there is to it! Enjoy your hidden wallpapers! Let us know which is your favorite!

  • Marc Colilla Hurtado

    Where can I download this wallpapers for my Windows PC?

    • We can’t provide them. We cannot distribute copyrighted Apple images.

  • Arindra

    Hi Glenn, i couldnt find it. I go to pictures folder but i didnt find the folder you mentioned. Please guide.

  • pws442

    Sorry, there is no content underneath LibraryScreen Savers. No folders, no nothing. I have Mavericks OSX 10.9.1

    • J and L Auto Glass

      I could not find them either, so in SAFARI I copied and pasted the url they provided :/Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/ then just dragged and dropped in the 4 folders in leu of plus sign


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.