iPhone XS with iOS 12 Wallpaper

Wallpapers are a great way to help add some personality and customization to your device. And while you can always use your own great pics as wallpapers, Apple always provides some cool and gorgeous wallpapers with each iteration of iOS. Let's check them out.

New wallpapers added in iOS 13

iOS 13 adds some cool new options. The Dynamics are replaced with colored backgrounds, and the Stills have some new color gradient options to choose from. There are also new wallpapers that change between Light and Dark Mode.

iOS 13 Light and Dark walls

While you can't completely change the look and feel of your iPhone or iPad, you can give it a customized wallpaper for your Lock and Home screens.

That wallpaper can be a still image from Apple's own collection or your Photo Library, but you can also use Live Photos (on an iPhone), and choose whether to have that wallpaper remain still, or change perspective as you move your phone around. Here's how to go about it!

How to change your wallpaper in iOS 13

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Wallpaper.

    Tap SettingsSelect Wallpaper

  3. Tap on Choose a New Wallpaper.
  4. Tap on the type of wallpaper you want to use.

    • Dynamic: This is an image from Apple's stock photo library with effects that fade into view and react to your device's movement.
    • Still: This is a still image from Apple's stock photo library.
    • Photo Library: An image that comes from your personal photo library.

    Select Choose New wallpaperiOS 13 Settings Wallpaper Types

  5. Select an image to go into Preview mode.
  6. While in Preview mode, just drag the image around until you're satisfied with the cropping on the screen.
  7. Tap Set.

    Select a wallpaperTap on Set

  8. Choose whether you want that wallpaper for your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Both.

    Set Lock, Home, or Both screensSet wallpaper

How to change wallpaper directly from the Photos app in iOS 13

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find a photo that you want to use as your wallpaper and select it.

    iOS 13 Home Screen PhotosSelect a photo

  3. Tap on the Share button in the bottom left corner.
  4. Scroll down in the Share Sheet until you find the Use as Wallpaper option.

    iOS 13 Photos view, select Share buttoniOS 13 Share Sheet, scroll down

  5. Select Use as Wallpaper.
  6. Choose whether you want it as a Still, Perspective, or Live Image (if applicable).

    Select Use as WallpaperChoose your style

  7. Tap on Set.
  8. Then choose if you want it for your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Both.

    Tap SetSelect how you want to display wallpaper

iOS 12 wallpaper options!

With every new iOS update, there are new wallpaper options! Here are the newest and coolest from iOS 12.

live wallpapers row 1

Still wallpapers row 1

still wallpapers row 2

still wallpapers row 3

still wallpapers row 4

still wallpapers row 5

still wallpapers row 6

dynamic wallpapers row 1

dynamic wallpapers row 2

dynamic blue and still black wallpapers

How to pick your wallpaper for iPhone and iPad

Changing your wallpaper is easy — you just have to pick the right image!

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on Wallpaper.
  3. Tap on Choose a New Wallpaper. You can choose from Apple's stock imagery, or your own library.

    ios 12 home screen settingsios 12 settings, wallpaperios 12 settings, wallpaper, choose wallpaper

  4. Tap the type of wallpaper you would like to use:

    • Dynamic: An image from Apple's stock photo library with effects that fade into view and react to your iPhone's movement.
    • Still: A still image from Apple's stock photo library.
    • Live: A Live Photo from Apple's stock photo library that animates after a firm press (iPhone 6s or later).
    • Photo Library: An image (or Live Photo) from your personal photo library.

    ios 12 wallpaper types

  5. Select your new wallpaper to enter Preview mode.
  6. In Preview mode, you can choose how you want your image to be displayed. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Still: This displays the chosen still image as your wallpaper.
    • Perspective: Your still image will change perspective slightly as you move the screen. (If you're prone to motion sickness, don't use this setting.)
    • Live Photo: If you've chosen a Live Photo image, this option will let you animate the image after a firm press (iPhone 6s or later).

    ios 12 wallpapers choose your option

  7. Tap Set.
  8. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Set Lock Screen
    • Set Home Screen
    • Both

    ios 12 wallpaper, setios 12 wallpaper set options

Upon returning to the Home screen, you'll be able to see your new wallpaper in its full glory.

How to adjust your wallpaper for iPhone and iPad

Like your current wallpaper but want to tweak its settings? It's a simple process.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on Wallpaper.
  3. Tap on one of your current wallpaper images to enter Preview mode.
  4. In Preview mode, you can change how you want your image to be displayed. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Still: This displays the chosen still image as your wallpaper.
    • Perspective: Your still image will change perspective slightly as you move the screen. (If you're prone to motion sickness, don't use this setting.)
    • Live Photo: If you've chosen a Live Photo image, this option will let you animate the image after a firm press (iPhone 6s or later).

    ios 12 wallpaper adjust

  5. Tap Set.

How to change the wallpaper directly from the Photos app

Took a great image that you want to turn into your wallpaper? You don't have to pop into Settings to make it happen — you can do it directly from the Photos app.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the image you wish to use.
  3. Tap on the Share button.

    Launch PhotosSelect image in Photos and then tap Share

  4. Find and select Use as Wallpaper to enter Preview mode.
  5. Position and zoom the image accordingly.

    Select Use as wallpaper optionpan image around for best view

  6. Tap the option of your choice:
    • Still: This displays the chosen still image as your wallpaper.
    • Perspective: Your still image will change perspective slightly as you move the screen. (If you're prone to motion sickness, don't use this setting.)
    • Live Photo: If you've chosen a Live Photo image, this option will let you animate the image after a firm press (iPhone 6s or later).
  7. Tap Set.
  8. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Set Lock Screen
    • Set Home Screen
    • Both

    Tap Set on your photo wallpaperPhoto wallpaper set options

Questions?

If you have any issues with setting your device's wallpaper, let us know in the comments below!

September 2019: Updated for iOS 13.

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