New ‘Hello’ Screensaver Added To macOS 11.3, Here’s How To Enable It

Apple has released the final release candidate for macOS Big Sur 11.3 ahead of its release to the public next week. The update brings with it a few improvements and features, but Apple has also snuck in a new screensaver without telling anyone about it.

That new screensaver, called Hello, is pretty sweet indeed.

Obviously a homage to the original Macintosh announcement, the Hello screensaver displays a colored screen with the Hello text being written before our very eyes. It’s the kind of thing that Mac users of a certain age will appreciate, but it isn’t enabled by default. You’ll need to jump through some hoops, unfortunately.

You will of course need to be running macOS 11.3 Release Candidate to try this out, but the folks at 9to5Mac explain exactly what steps need to be taken.

To use the new Hello screen saver, you’ll first need to be running the macOS 11.3 RC. From there, it’s just a matter of visiting the following location in Finder: /System/Library/Screen Savers/ and copying the Hello.screen saver to your desktop.

Rename the Hello.saver to Hellocopy.saver and then double-click it to install. You’ll be prompted to verify the install using your administrator password. Once verified, the screen saver will be installed and available in System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver → Screen Saver.

We’re guessing it’ll be a similar situation when macOS Big Sur 11.3 ships next week, but it’s possible Apple will make the screensaver more discoverable then. We’ll just have to wait and see!

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