How to Set Any Picture as Background Wallpaper on iPhone & iPad

Apr 21, 2016 - 7 Comments

How to Change Wallpaper Background to Any Picture on iPhone

“How do you change the picture on the background?” is one of the more common questions heard from newcomers to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This is all the more true when you took a great picture with the devices camera and you want to set that picture as the wallpaper on the iOS device, or when someone sends you a nice photo that saved to the device from Mail or found with Safari, and now want to set as the background image of your iPhone or iPad.

We’ll show you how to quickly set the background wallpaper on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can choose any picture on your device to use as the wallpaper picture this way.

Changing the Wallpaper Background in iOS

The process of how to change the wallpaper image is the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open the “Photos” app and browse to the picture you want to set as the background wallpaper image
  2. Tap on the sharing button, it looks like a box with an arrow flying out of it
  3. Choose the Sharing button to change wallpaper

  4. Tap on the “Use as Wallpaper” button option
  5. Choose the picture and select Use As Wallpaper

  6. Arrange the picture as desired, then click on “Set”
  7. Choose the Set button to set the picture as the wallpaper

  8. Choose “Set Home Screen” to set the picture as the background image of the device (or choose ‘Set Lock Screen’ set it as the picture on the locked device where the clock shows)
  9. Set the Home Screen wallpaper picture

  10. Exit out of Photos app and return to the Home Screen by pressing the Home button, you’ll see the background of the iOS device has been set as the picture you chose
  11. Wallpaper background picture changed on iPhone successfully

That’s all there is to it, now the picture you chose will be the Home Screen wallpaper.

If you chose “Set Both” during the setting process, the background wallpaper of both the lock screen and the Home Screen will have been changed to the image in question. That’s also a popular choice.

You can do this with any picture that is in the Photos app of your iPhone or iPad, whether it was taken with the camera, emailed to you, or saved from the web from one of our excellent wallpaper roundup collections. Happy wallpapering!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Mazika says:

    I need to send this tutorial to my mom, she has an iPhone but doesn’t delve into the complexities and thinks it’s magic when I do something like change her lock screen picture.

    Also, I have the same rug, it’s from pottery barn!

  2. Rod Dalitz says:

    This used to work fine, but now it doesn’t show the carefully composed picture I want, it shows a zoomed-in part of my photo. How do I get back to how it is supposed to be!?

    • Anne Bennett says:

      Yes, not always what the photo looked like. But I found one that looks good, using a screenshot taken with Retina display on the iPad. Very clear.

  3. Thanks, but the hard thing is find a good picture :(

  4. Robin Demey says:

    Thank God bless 🙏🏿

  5. Nicholas says:

    Why can’t I set a picture that someone texted me as my wallpaper?

  6. Ashton says:

    Mine would give me the option for home or lock screen anymore

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