iPad & iPhone Wallpaper: How to Change Your Home & Lock Screen Backgrounds

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Are you getting bored of seeing the same old background or screensaver on your device and wondering how others have such cool and interesting iPhone and iPad backgrounds? Here's how to change the wallpaper image for iPhone XR, XS, and the XS Max as well as older devices like iPhone 7, 6, or whichever you have! Whether you like a simple picture, something more fancy like an animated image, or even a personalized wallpaper, this article will teach you how to get rid of that dull, old image and put a fresh, new wallpaper on your device.

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To begin:  

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Wallpaper.

  2. Select Choose a New Wallpaper. You'll be able to choose from the selection of images your iPad or iPhone offers you or choose one of your own.
  3. Dynamic wallpapers are just that; they move when you move your device. Stills are just that; they don't move. And Live wallpapers move when you press on the screen, just like a Live photo. Live wallpapers are available for devices that have a 3D Touch Screen, such as iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, and XS.
  4. If you'd like to choose one of your own images, you can select an image that you've taken or downloaded from one of the photo albums listed below Apple's wallpaper selections. If you own an iPhone with a 3D Touch Screen, you can even use a Live Photo as your wallpaper.

    live photo wallpaper
  5. Unless you have chosen one of Apple's Dynamic wallpapers, you will be given the option to choose between a Still or a Perspective wallpaper. If you choose Still, your picture will stay in the same position all the time. If you pick Perspective, the wallpaper will shift when you tilt your iPhone or iPad.

  6. If you have chosen one of Apple's Live wallpapers or a Live photo of your own, you will have three options: Still, Perspective, and Live Photo. If you choose Still or Perspective, the background will no longer move if you press the screen.
  7. If you have chosen one of your own photos, you can also zoom in and out by pinching, and also drag the picture to the left, right, up or down.
  8. When you're finished editing your new wallpaper, tap Set. Tap Cancel if you don't like how the image is turning out; you can start over from the beginning of the instructions.

  9. Now choose if you'd like to use your picture for your Home screen background, Lock screen background, or both. You can create another image and have different Lock and Home screen wallpapers if you want!

That's it; now you have a brand new wallpaper!

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