Change your iPhone wallpaper

Want to change the Lock Screen or Home Screen background on your iPhone? You can choose a suggested wallpaper or one of your own photos.

Add a new wallpaper for your Lock Screen or Home Screen

  1. In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper.

  2. Tap Add New Wallpaper.

  3. Tap Photos, People, Photo Shuffle, or Live Photo to choose your own photo. You can also select a wallpaper from a category like Weather & Astronomy, Kaleidoscope, Emoji, Unity, Pride, Collections, or Color.

    The options to add a new wallpaper in iOS 16.
  4. If you want, you can customize your wallpaper further. Then tap Add.

  5. Tap Set as Wallpaper Pair and your selection will be seen on both the Home Screen and Lock Screen. Tap Customize Home Screen to create a separate Home Screen wallpaper that you can edit.

Change your wallpaper from the Lock Screen

  1. Make sure that you previously set up Face ID on your iPhone. To change your wallpaper from the Lock Screen, Face ID must clearly see your eyes and the areas around them.

  2. On the Lock Screen, touch and hold your Lock Screen to open your wallpaper gallery.

  3. To select a wallpaper you already created, swipe left and right. To add a new wallpaper, tap the Add buttonNo alt supplied for Image.

    You can rotate between wallpapers you create from the Lock Screen in iOS 17.

From the Lock Screen wallpaper options, you can also tap the Focus button to link a Focus to a specific wallpaper, customize existing wallpapers, or swipe up on a wallpaper and tap to delete it.

If you can't use Face ID to change your Lock Screen, touch and hold your Lock Screen until the Customize button appears. If the Customize button doesn’t appear, touch and hold the Lock Screen again, then enter your passcode.

Customize a Lock Screen wallpaper with filters, widgets, and styles

  1. In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper.

  2. Within the preview of your Lock Screen, tap Customize.

  3. Tap the boxes to add favorite widgets and choose a font for the time.

  4. Tap Done to save your customizations.

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  • To choose a font and text color, tap the time.

  • To add or remove widgets — like Calendar, Clock, Weather, Fitness, or Reminders — tap the boxes above or below the time.

  • To apply photo styles — like Black & White, Duotone, or Color Wash — swipe left or right.

  • To crop and move your photo, pinch and drag your photo.

  • To select wallpaper options, tap the More button. Perspective Zoom moves the wallpaper as you tilt your screen. Depth Effect enables layering with the subject of your photo.*

The font and color options to customize the time display on your Lock Screen in iOS 17.

Lock Screen wallpaper customization is available in iOS 16 and later.

* You can't use Depth Effect on wallpapers with widgets.

Rotate multiple photos as your Lock Screen wallpaper

  1. In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper.

  2. Tap Add New Wallpaper.

  3. Select Photo Shuffle from the top row of options.

  4. On the Photo Shuffle screen, set a frequency (On Tap, On Lock, Hourly, or Daily). Then choose a set of photos that will shuffle as you use your iPhone throughout the day.

    The frequency options for Photo Shuffle when you set up multiple photos to rotate as your Lock Screen on iPhone.
  5. Tap Done.

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