Best wallpaper apps for iPhone and iPad 2024

Lockd Wallpaper app
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Finding the best wallpaper apps for iPhone and iPad can be a bit of a complicated affair, with so many apps out there to choose from. While some like to create their own wallpapers by taking pictures or drawing art, others look on the internet to find the best iPhone wallpapers. Luckily, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can take most of the work out of the search and let some very impressive apps do the heavy lifting for you. 

Where the App Store a decade ago might have had the problem of having too few apps to choose from, we have now gotten to a point where it can be hard to stick to just a few apps at a time. Given the iPhone and iPad screens both look wonderful, you will want a wallpaper that is not only aesthetically interesting but sharp enough to take advantage of the screen. 

Luckily, we've done the hard work and picked out the very best wallpaper apps for iPhone and iPad in 2024. 

Editor's choice — Lockd - Lock Screen Wallpapers

Lockd Wallpaper app

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With iOS 16, Apple unveiled a stunning new array of tools to help users create great lock screens, especially using really nice depth effects that interact with your iPhone's time and date on the Lock Screen. This has led to a massive uptick in fantastic-looking iPhone wallpapers on all iOS versions after it, in particular thanks to the power of portrait mode on the iPhone's camera. 

Lockd is an incredibly popular App Store app with a 4.7-star rating and over 3,800 reviews. It's a collection of Depth Effect Lock Screen wallpapers that all work with iOS 16 onward, bringing objects in the images out to the front and interacting with your Lock Screen furniture. It has great categories such as cities, fashion, cars, nature, and more, so there's something for everyone!

Vellum Wallpapers

Vellum Wallpaper app

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Vellum Wallpapers is one of the most popular iPhone and iPad wallpaper apps out there, with more than 55,900 ratings and a 4.8-star score. It has hundreds of free hand-picked wallpapers, with new packs arriving often and a new wallpaper daily. Vellum also has a fantastic blurred background tool so that you can create cool effects. 

Vellum is free if you're happy to use it with ads, or you can pay a small in-app subscription fee to remove them. 



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Everpix boasts a myriad of 4K, Retina, and HD wallpapers in all manner of themes and categories, curated to ensure they fit your device's display perfectly. Again the app is organized into handy categories, and features cool additions like the aforementioned Depth effect, and even AI-generated wallpapers!

Like Vellum, a premium subscription will unlock even more content and get rid of those pesky ads.

(Image credit: Future) boasts a similarly excellent library compared to other options on here, but excels thanks to its very minimalist and simple interface which offers you a very narrow choice of sharing, saving, and liking wallpapers. is also available on Android and Desktop, and can be used simply through a desktop browser if you want to add a splash of excellence to your laptop or PC. With nearly 3,000 ratings and a 4.8-star score on the App Store, it's definitely a popular option, and is available for free with an optional in-app purchase to remove all ads. 



(Image credit: Future)

Walli is a unique wallpaper app in that its images come from artists, helping them to earn money through the sharing of their creations. The app is free, as are the wallpapers, and because it offers artist-created wallpapers it definitely boasts a more unique collection of images. There are a slew of categories to suit every taste, and wallpapers are linked to artist bios where you can see more of their work, view their websites, and access their social media. 

So Walli is giving you great wallpapers while promoting great artists and helping you find them in the process!


Zedge wallpaper

(Image credit: Zedge)

When you want a plethora of wallpapers for pretty much anything you can think of, then Zedge should be your go-to.

Zedge is one of Apple's top 100 App Store apps in the entertainment section and boasts wallpapers, live wallpapers, and even ringtones. 

It also has an AI wallpaper generator and literally millions of wallpapers to choose from. There's a big set of both free and premium options and even GIF wallpapers so you can set your favorite meme as your Lock Screen and Home Screen backgrounds. If you're still into that sort of thing, there are even NFTs that you can buy, although all the usual caveats and warnings about blockchain art definitely apply. 

While there are paid options for this free app, it does offer the chance to buy credits as an in-app purchase, rather than making users sign up for a subscription. 

Make your iOS device stand out above the rest

One of my favorite things when checking out other people's devices in person or through their home screens is what they use as their wallpaper. In fact, I change my wallpapers pretty frequently as well, and I love having a variety of options available to me when it comes to finding awesome wallpapers.

These are some of the best options out there on the App Store, and you're sure to find something you love from these choices.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9

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