How to set an animated wallpaper on the iPhone or Android

How to set an animated wallpaper on the iPhone or Android

If you’re looking for a way to personalize your phone, the wallpaper and lock screen are great places to start.

Live wallpapers, which stay put until you touch them, can be a more captivating way to change things up. But, depending on what device you have and the source of the wallpaper, the method you use will vary.

Here’s what you need to know to do it.

How to create an animated wallpaper

To create an animated wallpaper, simply choose a live photo and set it as your phone wallpaper. When you hold your finger on the lock screen, the live photo comes alive.

On iPhone:

1. Go to your app Settings .

2. You choose Background .

Screenshot of the settings app on an iPhone

Go to the background section of your settings.

3. Select Choose a new wallpaper .

animated wallpaper

Select “Choose a new wallpaper”.

4. To choose a live photo, tap Live in the options at the top of the screen, then choose a live photo.

Screenshot showing a way to choose a live photo to use as a wallpaper

Tap “Live” and choose your photo.

5. Alternatively, you can also scroll down and tap yours Live Photos album, then select a live photo to use as wallpaper.

Screenshot showing a way to choose a live photo to use as a wallpaper

Scroll down and tap your “Live Photos” album.

6. If you want, you can touch Tax and choose Set up screen lock or Set both for the new background.

On Android:

You will need a third party app to set up a live wallpaper on an Android. Here’s how to do it using the app Video to Wallpaper :

1. Open the Background Videos app.

2. Tap the plus sign +, located in the lower right corner of the screen.

3. Touch You choose, then select the desired video and tap Ok .

4. To select Apply then Ok to continue.

5. You choose Video on background from the list and then Set wallpaper .

6. Choose to apply the live wallpaper only to your home screen or to your home screen and lock screen.

Other apps you can use include Live Wallpapers , KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker or Walloop .

How to convert video or GIF to live photo

If you have an iPhone and there are videos you want to turn into live wallpapers, you have options. However, you will need to convert those videos to live photos first. From there, you will be able to find the live photo in your library and set it as your wallpaper.

Convert TikTok Videos:

1. Open TikTok and go to the video you want to use.

2. Tap the icon Share which looks like a curved arrow.

Screenshot of the main screen of the TikTok app

3. Touch Live photo .

Screenshot showing how to select the live photo option when sharing a TikTok

Convert GIF:

1. Open the GIPHY app and find the GIF you want to use.

2. Touch the three dots icon and choose Convert to Live Photo .

Screenshot of a GIF in the GIPHY app on an iPhone

3. To select Save as Live Photo (Full Screen) or Save as Live Photo .

Screenshot of the options that appear when you save a GIF to GIPHY as a live photo

Choose how to save your live photo.

Convert videos with third party apps:

1. Download the VideoToLive app And Open it .

2. Select the desired video.

3. Use the tool at the bottom of the screen to trim the video to the desired length.

4. Choose your cover photo if you wish.

5. Touch Convert .

Some other apps you can use for this include intoLive , Video Wallpaper And Wallpaper Maker.

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