There’s no shame in admitting that there are days when you spend several hours online, trying to find the perfect wallpaper for your iPhone. Some don’t have the right resolution, others look blurry even though they do, and some might even get you fired from work.
At the end of the day, nobody knows what you like better than you do, so it makes perfect sense to stop wasting time online and use one of the apps described in this article to create your own cool wallpapers for iPhone.
You can use anything from your favorite videos and gifs to camera roll photos. Not sure how? Here are some of our favorite apps, as well as instructions own how to just use your camera roll to set a cool wallpaper.
When Apple introduce Live Wallpapers with the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, most iPhone users instantly fell in love them. Live Wallpapers can bring your phone to life with their fluid animation and 3D touch-enabled responsiveness.
Even though the set of sample Live Images provided by Apple does a decent job of demonstrating what’s possible with Live Wallpapers, most of the images are a bit too dull and way too overused.
The intoLive app lets you create your own Live Wallpapers from any video file or GIF image. You can import the source file via iTunes, adjust its fit, change when the animation starts and ends, and even apply various filters to make it look unique and gorgeous.
All the image editing flexibility of Photoshop without the complexity and steep learning curve—that’s the Pixelmator app in a nutshell. Designed for everyone from casual users to professional photographers to digital painters and graphic designers, Pixelmator demonstrates how capable modern mobile devices have become.
If you have the ability, you can paint an image from scratch right on your iPhone or iPad. If not, then there’s a large selection of professional templates that you can use as a starting point, or you can import an existing picture and just make a few simple adjustments to turn it into a stunning wallpaper.
The app costs ridiculously little money, and we guarantee that it will become one of the most used apps on your device.
A well-designed wallpaper gives your iPhone a sense of individuality without being distracting. Simple patterns are often the most effective, and Wallpaper Maker is packed with over 100 of them.
Using this basic wallpaper app is simple: choose a color for your wallpaper, add an HD texture, and save your wallpaper to your home or lock screen. The basic version is free, and you can get more textures and premium colors via in-app purchases.
Do you like understated elegance when it comes to your wallpapers? Then quickly close your eyes and move on to the next app on the list—the Emoji Wallpaper app is as kitsch as it gets, which is probably why it’s so fun to use.
Seconds after you install the app, you’ll be plastering emoji collages on top of images, adding text, and playing with various color combinations. Surprise your friends with original emoji wallpapers that fit the mood and make everyone laugh out loud.
Set Your Camera Roll Photos as Wallpaper
Fortunately, Apple has made it easy to quickly set your camera roll photos as wallpaper, allowing you to see your pet, partner, or car (we don’t judge) every time you use your iPhone.
All you have to do is open the Photos app, navigate to the Camera Roll album, select an image you want to use as wallpaper, tap on the bottom left button, and click on “Use as Wallpaper.”
As you can see, there are a few different ways to create your own wallpapers. You can use those wallpaper makers to create your own, but if you really want a custom wallpaper, setting a photo in your Camera Roll might be the better option.
You can set photos that you took with your phone, or wallpapers that you created from your PC or Mac can be uploaded to your camera roll, and then set as your wallpaper.