Download the Default iOS 8 Milky Way Wallpaper

Sep 12, 2014 - 7 Comments

The iOS 8 Default wallpaper

Apple is well known for choosing gorgeous wallpapers for iOS and OS X, and the release of iOS 8 is no different with it’s stunning default wallpaper of our own milky way galaxy glowing over a snowy mountain peak. While iOS 8 will be released to download shortly for everyone with a compatible device, you don’t have to wait that long to decorate your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android, or Windows PC with the gorgeous milky way shot.


Just grab the appropriately sized version from the links below. If you’re going to set the wallpaper for anything other than an iPhone or iPod, it’s probably best to go with the higher resolution iPad version which we link to first. Enjoy!

iPad: get the full size image here at 2524 × 2524 resolution
iOS 8 default wallpaper

iPhone & iPod touch: get the smaller image here at 744 x 1392 resolution
iOS 8 iPhone default wallpaper

Heads up to iPhoneHacks and iDownloadBlog for the download links.

For those of us who dabble around (even poorly) with photo manipulation apps like Pixelmator and Photoshop, you may be interested to discover that the original image taken by photographer Espen Haagensen actually includes a little glowing cabin in the foreground too, but Apple edited the shelter out for use as the default wallpaper image on the new iOS release.

The milky way wallpaper first appeared in the iOS 8 GM build. Earlier iOS 8 developer versions used an under-the-sea image as the default wallpaper instead, that picture seems to be missing from the iOS 8 final release, but it is still available on the web for iPhone and iPad for those who preferred the way it looks to the galaxy.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize

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  1. roberto says:

    Here’s all of them from, get the iPad versions if you want the actual iOS 8 images though, the iPhone sizes look like they were done with screen shots rather than raw image files, the resolution is inconsistent and lowgrade

    https://macintoshpreview.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/telechargez-les-fonds-decran-dios-8-0-golden-master/

  2. Buttressed naus says:

    Galaxy is good. A shout out to Samsung galaxy note perhaps.

  3. Fujar Ali Rafia says:

    Hello it is with a pleasure that the bring to you the download for the wallpapers collection of the iOS 8 wallpapers for the iPhone is excited available here for the download thank you

    http://wccftech.com/ios-8-wallpapers-for-iphone-ipad/

  4. fone fan says:

    iOS came along with nice wallpapers but it need more than that :) I am sharing a link from where you can download all new iOS HD wallpapers for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

    http://uneedtech.com/2014/09/13/download-all-new-ios-8-hd-wallpapers-for-your-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/

  5. Wshimaker says:

    How about the rest of the wallopapers from iOS 8? Can we get the full complete pack?

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