Wallpaper is an image set to your iPhone. It will be the first thìn you see when unlocking your iPhone. Sometimes, you do many times of times a day. Maybe you feel happy with the stock wallpapers or a dark wallpaper. For any reason, what to do if you want to spice things up from time to time? How to change the wallpaper on your iOS device? Read on to know to do that.

Different Ways to Change Wallpaper on iPhone/iPad

Set Stock Wallpapers from Settings

On your iPhone/iPad, you can quickly switch to a different wallpaper pre-installed by Apple in Settings. Apple has set a number of great stock wallpapers, especially if you’re if you are using iPhone X or later model, and it is running on iOS 13. There is a collection of colorful and dark wallpapers, aside from Live Photos and Dynamic wallpapers. After updating to iOS 13, you will get four new wallpapers designed for Light mode and Dark mode.

To do so, just head to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper. From there, you can find three categories, including Dynamic, Stills, and Live. All your photos are below, but we will explain it in the next section. Tap on wallpaper to select it. Once done, tap on Set if you want to set the wallpaper for your device Lock screen, Home screen, or both. Your wallpaper is now changed.

Set Your Own Photo as Wallpaper

You can easily set any of your photos as wallpaper. Simply open the Photos app and move to a photo. Tap on it and select the Share button. From here, choose Use as Wallpaper.

The same setting screen will show up. From here, you can zoom in or pan around in the wallpaper if you like. Once done, tap on Set to set the photo as a Lock screen or Home screen wallpaper.

Set Live Photos as Wallpaper

Live Photos can also be set as wallpapers on your iPhone/iPad lockscreen. When 3D Touching the Lock screen, you will see the Live Photos animate. It’s great to put a lively photo of your children or girlfriend as a wallpaper. To set a Live Photo as a wallpaper, just open Photo app and tap the Share button. From there, select Use as Wallpaper. After you are in the wallpaper editing screen, select the Live button to enable the Live Photo option.

You might not know that there is a large world of Live Photos available to your iPhone/iPad. They are animated photos and when tapping and holding, the image usually animates in a sooth manner. You can also try Live Wallpapers apps to check if they strike your fancy like iLiveThemes or Live Wallpapers for Me app.

Use a Wallpaper App

If you like discovering and usually change wallpapers, you should use a wallpaper app for your iOS device. You can take a look at the wallpaper apps below to find out the best one for you.

Vellum: It’s currently one of the best apps for iPhone users to find wonderful and high-quality wallpapers. After opening the app, you can find category-wise, curated lists of wallpapers for your new iPhone’s OLED screen.

Unsplash: Unsplash has a very big online community for photographers. Thousands if photos are made for iPhone wallpapers. You can easily find curated wallpaper collections. You can also download any photo if you like, then set it as your iPhone wallpaper.

Clarity: It’s considered as the best-curated wallpaper platform for iOS. The app features the latest wallpapers in different editions. It’s also great for browsing through all the photos, editing them for lock screen, adding effects and more.

WLPPR: If you are a fan of astronomical wallpapers, the WLPPR app will make you happy. The app includes the best collection of satellite photos for Earth, sun and other planets.

Download Wallpapers from Web

If you don’t like downloading wallpaper apps, you can only download wallpaper photos online, save them to your iPhone/iPad and then use the photo as a wallpaper. There are many websites for downloading wallpapers. You can visit UnsplashPexel, and Papers.coas a good option.

Visit one of the websites above and select a photo. Tap on and hold on a photo from Safari and choose Save to Photos. Head to Photos app, choose the photo and tap on Share. Then, select Use as Wallpaper to set it as a wallpaper on your iPhone/iPad.

Manage and Sync Wallpaper Collection

If you have already updated your iPhone/iPad to iOS/iPadOS 13 version, you can use use the new Download Manager in Safari to download photos and then save them to the Files app. Visit any of the listed websites above, tap and hold on the photo and choose Download Linked File. The photo is download in a full resolution. Once done, open Files app and tap on the Downloads folder. You can choose multiple photos and move them to a folder on iCloud Drive.

This method can be used to download all your favorite wallpaper without crowding up the camera roll. If necessary, open the photo, save the image to Photos app and then set it as your wallpaper. Unfortunately, you cannot directly set an image as a wallpaper from the Files app on your iPhone/iPad.

Change Wallpaper Daily Using Shortcuts

In iOS 13 version, Shortcuts has more powers and true automation. You can use a shortcut to randomly set a wallpaper from an album, and create an automaton, triggering the shortcut at a specific time.

First, you need to set up Randomize Wallpaper shortcut on your iPhone/iPad. After that, edit the shortcut and change the Album. Once done, move on to the Automations tab and create a new automation. After you set the trigger date, continue to set the Randomize Wallpaper shortcut. And your iPhone/iPad will start changing wallpapers daily.


Those are easy ways to change the wallpaper on your iPhone/iPad. If you feel this post useful, let’s know in the comment below. Share your favorite wallpapers and sources in the comment section.