Change the wallpaper on your iPhone

Want to change the wallpaper 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 or Photo Shuffle to choose your own photo. You can also select a wallpaper from a category such as Weather & Astronomy, Emoji, Collections or Colour.
    The options to add a new wallpaper in iOS 16.
  4. If you want, you can customise your wallpaper further. Then tap Add.

Change your wallpaper from the Lock Screen

  1. Make sure you've previously set up Face ID on your iPhone. To change your wallpaper from the Lock Screen, Face ID must be able to 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've already created, swipe left and right. To add a new wallpaper, tap the Add button .
    You can rotate between wallpapers you've created from the Lock Screen in iOS 16.

From the Lock Screen wallpaper options, you can also tap the Focus button to link a Focus to a specific wallpaper, customise 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 Customise button appears. If the Customise button doesn't appear, touch and hold the Lock Screen again, then enter your passcode. 

Customise a Lock Screen wallpaper with filters, widgets and styles

  1. In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper.
  2. Under the preview of your Lock Screen, tap Customise.
  3. Tap Customise Current Wallpaper or Add New Wallpaper and select a wallpaper.
  4. Before you tap Done on the wallpaper, make your customisations.
    The font and colour options to customise the time display on your Lock Screen in iOS 16.
  • To choose a font and text colour, tap on the time.
  • To add or remove widgets — such as Calendar, Clock, Weather, Fitness or Reminders — tap on the boxes above or below the time.
  • To apply photo styles — such as Black & White, Duotone or Colour 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.*

Lock Screen wallpaper customisation 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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