WhatsApp User Previewing Wallpaper for Chat
Khamosh Pathak

One of the easiest ways to make a chat distinct is by using a unique wallpaper. This way, you won’t end up sending accidental messages. Here’s how to set a custom wallpaper for individual WhatsApp chats on iPhone and Android.

You can give a chat (group chat or individual chat) a custom wallpaper quite easily. You can select one of WhatsApp’s built-in options, or you can use your own photo.

Unlike Instagram, WhatsApp’s custom wallpaper feature is not synced across all users. As such, both parties can have their own custom chat wallpaper for the same conversation.

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Set Custom Wallpaper for Chats on WhatsApp for Android

To get started, open the WhatsApp app on your Android smartphone. Here, go to the “Chats” section and open a WhatsApp conversation.

Tap the menu button from the toolbar and choose the “Wallpaper” option.

Tap Wallpaper from WhatsApp Menu

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Here, you’ll see a couple of options called “Bright,” “Dark,” “Solid Colors,” and “My Photos.”

Choose Bright Option

Browse through the photos here and tap a photo to preview it.

Select a Photo in Android

Then, tap the “Set Wallpaper” option.

Tap Set Wallpaper

From the pop-up dialog, make sure that you select the “For This Chat” option and tap the “OK” button.

Select Only For This Chat and tap OK

You’ll now see the updated wallpaper for the conversation.

If you want to remove the custom wallpaper, tap the menu button, go to the “Wallpaper” section, tap the “Change” button, select the “Remove Custom Wallpaper” option, and then tap “Remove” to confirm the change.

Set Custom Wallpaper for Chats on WhatsApp for iPhone

The process for iPhone users is slightly different. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and go to a conversation. Here, tap the profile picture or name found at the top for the chat.

Select Profile from WhatsApp Conversation

Here, choose “Wallpaper & Sound.”

Select Wallpaper & Sound

Now, select the “Choose a New Wallpaper” option.

Tap Choose a New Wallpaper

From the next screen, you can browse the “Bright,” “Dark,” and “Solid Colors” wallpaper collections. If you want to select your own image as a background, choose the “Photos” option.

Select Wallpaper or Choose My Photos

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After selecting a photo, you can resize it to fit the chat window.

Tap a Photo to Select

Once you’re satisfied, tap the “Set” button.

Tap Set to Make The Photo the Wallpaper

Now, go back to the chat and you’ll see the new custom wallpaper right in the chat background.

Preview of Wallpaper

If you want to remove the custom wallpaper, go to Wallpaper & Sound > Choose a New Wallpaper section, and tap the “Remove Custom Wallpaper” option. Then, select the “Remove Custom Wallpaper” button to confirm.


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