Switch Back to Previous LockScreen in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity

Last updated: May 20, 2014

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Ubuntu 14.04 Unity now has its own screen locker which looks identical to the LightDM greeter – the default Unity login screen. For those who prefer the previous lockscreen used in Ubuntu 13.10 and earlier, here’s how to switch it back.

The new lockscreen, light-locker, is forked from gnome-screensaver that aims to have simple, sane, secure defaults and be well integrated with the desktop while not carrying any desktop-specific dependencies.

If you would like to try this lockscreen in Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu 13.04, see this post.

To restore previous Lockscreen in Ubuntu 14.04:

UPDATE: The option has been removed in Ubuntu 14.04 final release. So this tutorial won’t work anymore.

Search for and install Compizconfig-Settings-Manager in Ubuntu Software Center. Or press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal, and run the command below instead:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

After that, start CCSM from Unity Dash and navigate to Ubuntu Unity Plugin -> General -> Lockscreen. Click on the drop-down box and select which screen locker to use.

That’s it. Enjoy!


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4 responses to Switch Back to Previous LockScreen in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity

  1. Daniel Liljekvist April 12, 2014 at 7:54 am

    what is the name of the background picture used? would love to download that :-)

  2. It seems this option has been removed from the latest Unity in 14.04… anoying!

  3. I couldn’t find lockscreen setting on my CCSM that running on trusty…