10 Awesome Free Screensavers for Windows

Dan Price Updated 18-06-2019

Cool screensavers are a bit of a forgotten art form. That’s a shame; they can make your PC look awesome when it’s not in use.


Alas, it’s time to put the best screensavers back under the microscope. These are our picks for the best screensavers for Windows and they will have your screen looking incredible in no time.

Before You Download Windows 10 Screensavers

Most screensavers for Windows 10—both in this article and elsewhere on the web—are delivered as a ZIP file. You’ll need to extract the contents before you can use them on your system.

Sometimes, your extracted screensaver will be an EXE file; at other times, it will be in the SCR format. If it’s an EXE file, you can install the screensaver on your system by double-clicking on it in the usual way. If it’s an SCR file, you will need to right-click on the file and select Install.

In both cases, the custom screensaver will become available in the list of Windows screensaver options.

And remember, many custom screensavers also have various settings that you can tweak.


To choose the screensaver you want to use and to edit any of its available settings, open the Windows Settings app and go to Personalization > Lock Screen > Screensaver Settings.

The Best Free Windows 10 Screensavers

1. Fliqlo

Fliqlo screensaver for Windows

We’re going to come to some cool “arty” screensavers shortly, but we’ll to start our list with a clock screensaver called Fliqlo.

After all, how long do you actually spend starting at your computer screen when the screensaver is running? For most people, it’s probably not very long at all.


A clock, therefore, seems like a better use of the space. Having the current time immediately on hand is always useful.

Fliqlo has a couple of settings, including clock size and a 12/24-hour toggle.

Download: Fliqlo (Free)

2. Briblo

Briblo: an awesome screensaver for Windows


How do you fancy being able to make buildings out of virtual LEGO when you’re not using your screen? This free Windows 10 screensaver lets you do exactly that.

In truth, the screensaver is a bit like LEGO-meets-Tetris. It would be better if you had more control over the blocks that appeared.

The screensaver even comes with controls that won’t activate your screen while you’re building. The arrow keys let you move blocks; the space bar rotates them.

Download: Briblo (Free)


3. Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep is a screensaver from an art project

Best described as a collaborative art project, Electric Sheep is probably the ultimate custom screensaver in Windows 10.

Let’s take a moment to explain. When you’re running the screensaver and your computer is asleep, it communicates with other computers in the Electric Sheep network to create custom abstract animations (called “Sheep”).

Users can then vote for their favorite sheep. The more votes, the more likely the sheep will reproduce and live longer.

You should only use Electric Sheep if you have a high-bandwidth, always-on connection to the web.

Download: Electric Sheep (Free)

4. Pong Clock

Pong Clock is a classic 2d game screensaver

Pong Clock is a cool screensaver that will both protect your screen and provide a bit of light entertainment.

We’re sure everyone is familiar with the classic 2D game, Pong. Created by Atari in 1972, it was of the earliest arcade video games. Gameplay was a simplified form of table tennis, in which the aim was to make the ball fly past your opponent’s paddle.

Pong Clock takes the game to your screensaver. Sadly, you can’t play yourself—it will terminate the screensaver—but you can watch the two computer players battle. There’s also a clock in the center of the screen.

Download: Pong Clock (Free)

5. Vehicle Screen Savers

Vehicle screen asaver

Vehicle Screen Savers isn’t quite as fancy as some of the free screensavers we have looked at so far, but for anyone interested in vehicles (in the broadest sense), it’s a must-have.

It features beautiful, high-quality images of cars, motorbikes, planes, trains, and boats.

This free Windows 10 screensaver is available in the Windows 10 Store.

Download: Vehicle Screen Savers (Free)

6. Living Marine Aquarium 2

Living Marine Aquarium 2 screensaver

There’s something that’s timelessly classic about a virtual fish tank on your screen. Naturally, it’s calming and soothing, but it looks great too. And a virtual fish tank is also considerably cheaper than the real thing!

Living Marine Aquarium includes 18 species of sea creatures (including fish, seahorses, and crabs), coral, and plenty of bubbles.

This awesome screensaver is also surprisingly customizable. You can choose the number of fish on-screen and also select from three different reef views on offer.

Download: Living Marine Aquarium 2 (Free)

7. System 47

System 47 is a Star Trek Screensaver

Here’s one of the best screensavers for geeks. System 47 is a replica of the Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS) computer interface seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

For those who don’t know, LCARS is the primary computer system in the universe of Star Trek’s Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets.

The free screensaver offers eight random animations in total, including the famous Sector Scan, Star System Analysis, and Milky Way Galaxy Map.

Download: System 47 (Free)

8. zz DVD

zzdvd screensaver

Ah, the bouncing DVD logo, we’ve all seen it, right? And now for the real question—who has ever seen the logo perfectly hit the corner of the screen? It’s a once in a lifetime event!

If you’ve not yet been lucky enough to witness one of the most magnificent technological sights known to man play out in front of your eyes, you can give yourself a fighting chance by downloading this awesome screensaver.

The color of the logo changes with every bounce.

Download: zz DVD (Free)

9. YoWindow

YoWindow Windows 10 screensaver

A screensaver that displays the weather forecast is cool enough, but YoWindow goes one step further. It has a “live landscape” that reflects the real-time weather, sunlight, and season.

If you’re stuck staring at a wall all day in your office, this custom screensaver is a great way to know what’s happening on the outside.

Five days of the forecast are shown on the screen, and you can set your location to anywhere in the world.

Download: YoWindow (Free)

10. Another Matrix

Matrix screen saver

We end with another of the best screensavers for geeks. Another Matrix displays the falling green code as made famous by the 1999 movie.

You can customize the screensaver by changing the code density, speed, and font. Unfortunately, anyone hoping to change the color of the code will be out of luck.

There’s also a fun little Easter egg that you can activate. You can enter your own messages into the Matrix code, and they will slowly become apparent over time. It could be an excellent prank to play on your buddy’s laptop.

Download: Another Matrix (Free)

Which Are the Best Screensavers for Windows 10?

The 10 custom screensavers we’ve shown you in this article only scratch the surface of what’s available. If you have any free screensavers you want to share, feel free to let us know about them in the comments.

And if you’d like to learn even more about Windows screensavers, make sure you check out our articles on how to use a video as a screensaver and how to set up a screensaver slide show on Windows 10 How to Set a Slideshow Screensaver in Windows 10 Why stick with one of the boring original screensaver options in Windows 10 when you can spice it up with a slideshow of your favorite images? Read More .

Related topics: Screensaver, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1.

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  1. Al
    June 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I miss the old Novell 'snake' that changed length depending on how busy the CPU is.

    Anyone know of a Windows version?

  2. Perran
    June 24, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I would not open .exe files! - ever

  3. Fik of the borg
    June 21, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Some of these screensavers don's "save" the screen very much.
    Not that today screens need to be saved, but I can imagine the phosphor burnout Fliqlo and Pong Clock (maybe even Briblo) would cause to old CRT still in use around.

  4. Shauna Johnstone
    June 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    The aquarium ss came with a VIRUS! Not happy at all. Luckily McAfee caught it. I have trusted that you guys vett before you post. Please, please do so in future.

  5. Jeff
    November 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Not one is cool at all, dumb who post these can they even see at all?

  6. Rav
    March 17, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for this! I was looking for a modern, simple time screensaver for Win10.

  7. Bob
    January 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    these are really boring

  8. Anonymous
    June 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    My go-to since Windows NT 3.5 has been 3dpipes.scr. The screen saver from earlier Windows editions does still work on contemporary versions. It's one of the things I add when I work on someone's PC.

    • Merlin
      June 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      When you 'work' on someone's PC... :D