Ways to Troubleshoot ‘Windows Spotlight not Working’ Issue

by Edward Lewis consultant

Windows Spotlight is one of the best feature of Windows which lets users download images easily and advertisements from a search engine, especially, Bing and show them in the lock screen of your Windows 10 device. However, Windows 10 users can mark if they liked any of the pictures, and if anyone wants to see some images of the same type. Apart from these amazing features of Windows Spotlight, some users have reported that the lock screen is not changing for a very long time or sometimes not work for a while.  Though, this Windows Spotlight feature helps you in adding color to the Windows 10 lock screen. Moreover, this is not that much perfect and hassle-free function like Windows 10. Although the reason behind the issue is not the Windows operating system, usually it’s a common issue and encounters by various Windows 10 users across the globe. Generally, this Windows Spotlight error suddenly occurs on the screen, but there are few different reasons why the lock screen application stopped working or create some issues while using it.

Usually, the problem is not directly related to some recent Windows 10 bugs and glitches. If you want to troubleshoot Windows Spotlight, not working issues, you need to turn on proxy settings, as damaged or corrupted spotlight feature might be the problem behind the issue, but you have to ensure about the issues as there are various solutions available for troubleshooting the issue. The steps are common and mentioned below.

Steps to Troubleshoot Windows Spotlight not Working

As we already discussed, Windows Spotlight not working issue is quite common, and there are numerous reasons that users have reported that Windows Spotlight not working. Here we provide you simple solutions which are effectively working and troubleshoot your issues in a jiffy. But before continuing the process, we suggest you follow the steps in the same way as it described, this will save lots of time and efforts of the users. Below are some best solutions which are as follows:

Instruction to Turn Off Mail and Calendar from the Windows 10 Lock Screen

  1. Firstly, click on the ‘Windows + S’ at once on your keyboard to open the start menu.
  2. In the Search field, type ‘Weather.’
  3. Once launches, tap on the ‘Settings’ icon located at the lower of the window screen.
  4. Search out the ‘General’ tab and click on it to open it.
  5. Now, scroll down the screen and look for the ‘Launch Location’ option.
  6. Once found, check that ‘Set as ‘Default Location’ or not.
  7. Again, search for the lock screen.
  8. Next, tap on the ‘Mail’ icon located in the ‘Choose apps to show quick status’ section.
  9. Select the ‘None’ option and perform the same process with the ‘Calendar’ settings.
  10. Then, Uncheck the box which says: ‘Show Lock Screen Background on the Sign-In Screen’ option.
  11. Restart the computer system to apply all the changes and ensure if Windows Spotlight usually works or not.

Instructions to Turn Off Proxy Settings

  1. Search for the ‘Proxy Setting’ option.
  2. Once the windows appear on the screen and tap on the ‘LAN Settings’ option.
  3. Click on the ‘OK’ tab to save all the changes you have recently done.
  4. Finally, restart the device and check if the error resolved or not.


Edward Lewis  is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Edward has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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