Apple has released colorful new wallpapers alongside the new iMac line. Here's how to get these wallpapers on an older Mac.

Apple loves to showcase its new devices with brand new wallpapers, and it's no different with the latest 24-inch M1 iMac. This time around, the company made the new wallpapers available for older Macs as well. There is a catch, however.

The new wallpapers are not with the rest of the desktop backgrounds, and because of this, you need to do some digging. Here's how you can use the new wallpapers created for the M1 iMac on an older Mac.

How to Get M1 iMac Wallpapers on Older Macs

Apple bundled these new wallpapers with the macOS Big Sur 11.3 update. Therefore, you need to first check that your Mac is running the updated version of macOS before looking for these wallpapers.

To view this information, click the Apple Icon and select About this Mac from the menu bar.

When you're ready, follow these simple instructions to find and use the M1 iMac wallpapers:

  1. to open System settings on your Mac from the Dock and go to the Desktop and screen savers Section.

  2. Here, double click on that Desktop pictures Folder from the left pane. If you don't see it, expand the Apple category and you will.

  3. This will take you to the system library. Double click on the preselected one here Desktop pictures Folder to continue.

  4. Scroll down until you see a series of "Hello" background files. Right-click or hold down the Ctrl key and click the desired background image and select Set desktop picture from the context menu.

That's it. The thumbnails that appear for these files are variations of the light mode, but you can open them to see the variations of the dark mode as well. If the dark display is activated, the dark variant is automatically set as the background image.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Dark Mode on Your Mac

Enjoy these fresh new wallpapers

There are a total of seven new background images to choose from, each color coordinated with the respective iMac variant, just like the color coordinated Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and cables. Fortunately, they all still look great when paired with a silver or space gray Mac.

While you can certainly download these wallpapers from the internet, having them pre-installed on your Mac is an obvious benefit. These background images automatically switch between the dark and light variants, depending on your Mac's system display. This would not be possible with an image file that you downloaded from the Internet.

Image source: Apple

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