Apple iPhone with Dynamic Wallpaper
Justin Duino / How-To Geek

Apple includes several dynamic wallpapers on iPhones and iPads for you to choose from that add an element of depth and movement to the background. Here’s how to set a dynamic wallpaper on your smartphone or tablet.

To begin, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. If you can’t locate it, pull down on your device’s homescreen to use Spotlight Search.

Apple iPhone Dynamic Wallpaper Homescreen

In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Wallpaper”.

Apple iPhone Dynamic Wallpaper Settings

Select the “Choose a New Wallpaper” option.

Apple iPhone Choose a New Wallpaper Option

Apple offers and groups different types of built-in wallpapers. Choose “Dynamic,” the item at the top of the menu.

Apple iPhone Wallpaper Options

You can select one of seven dynamic wallpapers. While six include single-colored orbs, the first option consists of a mix of the various variants. Choose whichever wallpaper you want to preview.

Apple iPhone Dynamic Wallpaper Options

If you like how the dynamic wallpaper looks full-screen, tap on “Set.” You can select “Cancel” if you want to view one of the other options.

Apple iPhone Preview and Set Dynamic Wallpaper

Now, select “Both” to set the dynamic wallpaper on your lockscreen and homescreen, or choose one of the other options to have it displayed in a single location.

Apple iPhone Set Dynamic Wallpaper on Lockscreen and Homescreen

That’s it! You should be taken to your homescreen where you will see the dynamic wallpaper in action (if you set it to both or homescreen only).

Apple iPhone Dynamic Wallpaper Set

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t opened up dynamic wallpapers to third-party developers. In the meantime, download or create your own live wallpapers if you want more options to choose from.

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