Use Photo Shuffle to See a Specific Album

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Can’t decide which photo to use for your Lock Screen? Photo Shuffle is the wallpaper you’ve been searching for. This neat feature is a wallpaper that shuffles through featured photos automatically. However, the latest software update has now made it possible to select a specific album.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • See all your favorite photos on your Lock Screen.
  • Avoid having sensitive photos appear on your Lock Screen.

How to Set Photo Shuffle Wallpaper to a Specific Album

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17.1 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Photo Shuffle was first introduced in iOS 16, but was limited in which photos it would allow you to use. Now, you can pick a specific album to shuffle through featured photos. To get the most out of the latest iPhone update, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to use the new and improved Photo Shuffle wallpaper:

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  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Wallpaper.

    iphone settings with wallpaper circled in red
  2. Tap Add New Wallpaper.

    iphone wallpaper settings with add new wallpaper button circled in red
  3. Tap Photo Shuffle.

    iphone wallpaper settings with photo shuffle circled in red
  4. Tap Album.

    iphone photo shuffle settings with album button circled in red
  5. When you tap Album, it might default to the Favorites album. Simply tap Favorites… to change which album you want.

    iphone photo shuffle settings with favorites album circled in red
  6. Scroll through your albums and select the one you want.

    iphone photo shuffle album selection with an album circled in red
  7. Once you’ve selected your album, tap Shuffle Frequency to change how often you want the wallpaper to change.

    iphone photo shuffle settings with shuffle frequency circled in red
  8. Choose between On Tap, On Lock, Hourly, and Daily.

    iphone photo shuffle frequency settings with on tap, on lock, hourly, and daily options menu circled in red
  9. Tap Use Album to set your wallpaper.

    iphone photo shuffle settings with use album button circled in red
  10. Now, you'll be able to customize your Lock Screen. Tap Tap to Preview to see how the Lock Screen's photo will change.

    Tap Show Preview
  11. Tap Add to confirm your new Lock Screen.

    Tap Add

Now, Photo Shuffle should only show you photos from that album on your Lock Screen.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.