Mac OS X comes with a set of really awesome, HD screensavers. But, they can never be enough. You will want to download and install other exciting screensavers from the web – say, for example, new movie screensavers or festival-themed screensavers.
Installing screensavers were easy (they’re still easy), but the way you added them to your library has changed in Mac OS X Mavericks or Yosemite. The updates in software and GateKeeper security have made the procedure a little lengthier. And for a few people, complicated.
It is no longer a “double-click and install” procedure, especially for third-party apps. If you try to do so, you will get an error message that the file cannot be opened, as it is from an unknown developer. However, do not be disheartened! Here are a couple of ways to install your favorite screensavers from the web on your Mac OS X.
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- Fliqlo for Mac/Windows is a clock screensaver that allows you to make your desktop/laptop device screen look like a flip clock. It displays the time with flip animation in large white numerals against a black background. Thanks to its visibility, you can read the time even from a distance.
- Aerial is a free and open-source Mac screen saver. Download Aerial. Requires macOS 10.12. Version 2.0.10 (Sep. 24) More installation options. Aerial is a macOS screensaver that lets you play Aerial videos from Apple's tvOS screensaver. This includes classic Aerial videos shot over various cities and locations (New York, San Francisco, China.), Earth videos from the ISS, and the new underwater videos introduced in tvOS 13.
- The Github project Aerial is a free macOS screen saver that gives you the same Apple TV experience right on your Mac. To use it, head over to the project’s website and download the latest version. You can choose from a variety of hues including colors based off of your desktop wallpaper, as well as ‘Space Gray’, ‘Silver’ and the rainbow ‘Spectrum’.
- Usually Mac comes with a bunch of cool screensavers. Nevertheless Newfreescreensavers.com offers new screensavers specially developed for mac for free. Select a screensaver you like and click Download. After that you will be able to download this screensaver on the page with its description.
1) Click the app icon in the menu bar or Dock and pick Preferences. 2) Choose the Screen Saver tab. 3) Move the slider for Start screen saver mode from Never to a timed option from three minutes to two hours. To start the screen saver manually, click the app icon and choose Screen Saver Mode.
This method works for files having an extension of, “.saver.” For the files having the extension of “.qtz” extension, follow method #2.
Step #1. Open “Finder” from your dock.
Step #2. In it, locate the screen saver you want to install. It will end with extension “some_name.saver” (some_name being the file name.) Right-click on file and choose “open.”
Step #3. A warning message will pop up, “some_name.saver is from an unidentified developer. Are you sure you want to open it?” Click “Open.”
Step #4. Your “System Preferences” will automatically start in your Screen Saver window. With it, you will get a dialogue box asking to install the selected screensaver for the current users or all users on your Mac. Check the appropriate box and click on “Install.”
Step #5. Now, activate the new screensaver from the list as usual.
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This method works for the files having the extension of, “.qtz.”
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Step #1. Press Command+Shift+G and type
Step #2. Drag the downloaded screen saver file in the “Screen Savers” folder. (side note: you can drag .saver files into the folder and they’ll work too)
Step #3. Go back to the “Apple” menu → System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Savers to locate this file and use it.
Note that if you want the screen saver to be available for all users on your Mac, in the first step, go to
/Library/Screen Savers/ (skip the ~).
That’s all folks!
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