Looking to spice up your iPhone wallpapers? Follow along for how to make use of animated Live wallpapers on iPhone.

Live wallpapers offer an animation effect for iPhone 6s and later (excluding iPhone SE). Keep in mind that even if you set a Live wallpaper to both your Home screen and Lock screen, the animation will only be available on the Lock screen with a firm press.

Beyond the stock Live options that you’ll see in settings, keep in mind you can use Live Photos that you’ve taken as well for a more personal touch.

How to use Live wallpapers on iPhone

  1. Open Settings
  2. Swipe down and tap Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper
  3. Choose Live and make your pick
  4. Tap Set to apply that wallpaper to your Lock screen, Home screen or both

Here’s how the process looks:

Live wallpapers on iPhone

Choose Live on the right hand side as shown in the first image below, or choose from your own Live Photos. Make sure Live Photos is highlighted once you’ve picked a wallpaper as shown in the far right image below.

Live wallpapers on iPhone

You can tap and hold your screen to see the Live wallpaper in action.

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