How to change wallpaper on iPhone?

Just got a new iPhone? If you want to customize it and get a more personalized iPhone, you may consider to change the default ringtones for call and text message, and you can change the default wallpaper to your own picture or photo. In this guide, we will talk about how to change a new wallpaper on iPhone using your own photos. You will learn different ways to get a customized background on your mobile phone. If you are on iPad, you can refer to this guide to change wallpapers on iPad.

Change wallpaper on iPhone

The Settings app on your iPhone controls many different aspects of your phone. Normally when you want to configure something in the iOS, you should start from the Settings. Tap on to open the Settings on your iPhone. You will find a menu item called ‘Wallpapers‘ as shown in below screenshot.

iphone wallpapers settings

In the Wallpapers settings screen, you can find the Choose a New Wallpaper option above your current wallpapers displayed at the lower section from the iPhone screen.

choose wallpaper on iphone

To change a new wallpaper or background on iPhone, tap on the right arrow besides ‘Choose a New Wallpaper’, then you will be taken to a new screen like this.

choose wallpaper from camera roll photos on iphone

Here you have the options to choose a new wallpaper either from built-in Apple Wallpaper or your own photos saved in Camera Roll or your photo library. To set your own photo as iPhone wallpaper, choose Recently Added or other photo albums on iPhone, browse to the photo you like to set as new background image on iPhone.

edit wallpaper on iphone

Now you have the chance to edit your new wallpaper for iPhone. You can move and scale your image file to get the best display result. If the source image is very large, you can select to display only a part of it as your iPhone background. When you are done with the ‘Move and Scale‘, tap on the Set button, you will get more wallpaper options like below.

set lock screen and home screen wallpaper on iphone

You can set background wallpaper for the lock screen, the home screen, or both your iPhone lock screen and home screen.

Your done! Now click on the home button to see your new iPhone background.

Set a Photo as new wallpaper on iPhone – an easier way

To change a new wallpaper on iPhone, you can simply pick up any photo from your Camera Roll, then set it directly as the new iPhone background image. It is even easier. We will break down to the details as below.

Tap to open Photos app on iPhone which is running the latest iOS. Browse through your Camera Roll folder on iPhone to find your favorite photo which you like to use as your new iPhone wallpaper. Tap to select and display it in the Photos app. You will find a share button on the bottom left corner.

set photo as wallpaper on iphone


Tap on the share button, then tap on Next from the top right corner, you will bring up the share options like below.

use photo as wallpaper on iphone

Toggle from right to left on the lower part of your iPhone screen to reveal the “Use as Wallpaper” option. Tap on it then you will be able to move and scale the selected photo and then set it as wallpaper for iPhone Lock screen, Home screen, or both.


25 thoughts on “How to change wallpaper on iPhone?”

  1. I am new to iPhone 6s and have had no problems so far. I love the lighthouse wallpaper that I set as lock screen and home screen but I am wondering if there is a way to just see the lighthouse without the apps covering it until I want to use an app.

  2. I have my name and home contact no printed on my lock screen. It can’t remember how I did it as I need to move wording higher. How can I move it on lock screen

  3. I recently changed my wallpaper, is there a quick easy way to change back to the previous wallpaper, without trying to hunt the picture down through photos?

  4. When I try to use “move and scale”. To adjust the photo’s location on my screen, it will not stay and keeps moving back to the original location.

    1. this issue could be caused by the photo aspect ratio. for example, if you capture a portrait image using your iPhone, then go to set it as the new background, you can barely move or scale it as it fits perfectly with your phone screen; if you take another photo using iPhone in the landscape mode, the photo will be very wide, when you go to set it as the new background, you can move left or right to change its location on the screen. note that the aspect ratio is different from photo resolution. can you please double check?

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