Bing’s Broken Lockscreen Image Update on Windows Phone 8

One of the cool new features with Windows Phone 8 is the ability to have live lockscreen images. This is where applications can define the image to be placed on your lockscreen. Lockscreen apps are popping up in the store on a daily basis. As well, the phone ships with a Bing engine that will automatically use Bing’s daily image for the phones lockscreen. The result is that you get to see the beautiful Bing images on your lockscreen everyday.

Unfortunately, the Bing engine is broken and doesn’t correctly update your image. Don’t get me wrong, it does update your lockscreen to show the Bing image, the only problem is that it updates at the wrong time, which results in showing yesterdays image. So your phone is always a day behind. If you go into the settings and turn it off and then on again, it will then download todays image, but you will be stuck with that image for 2 days before you see it change. And yes, when it does change it will be to yesterdays image. The below image is today’s (December 16, 2012) Bing image for both the US and Canada.


And this is what my lockscreen shows after an automatic update during the night:

My guess is the problem stems from poor planning on when the device should check for an updated image. Instead of checking in the early hours of the day, the phone checks before the end of the day. The image is downloaded and then before you know it, the clock rolls past midnight and you’re now looking at yesterdays Bing image. Most likely this is related to an update schedule that was defined without thinking about time zones. Regardless, nobody is looking forward to seeing yesterdays Bing image on their phone. Which means this is another cool feature crippled by a stupid bug. I wonder if we will ever see this fixed?

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • freshfelicio

    This really cracks me up. Is there any workaround?

    • maloo78

      I have chosen Amazing Weather HD as a weather app, and set it to display on the lockscreen. In the app you can choose the Bing Image of the day. This seems to update correctly and in sync with the Bing website.
      (In some countries, like Italy, there may be an occasional discrepancy. Bing can either display the International Image of the Day or the US version for smaller countries.)

  • ThomasN

    Old thread, but I am currently testing a theory that it changes 24 hours after you set it. Now i just have to wait until tomorrow.