How to Set a Video as Wallpaper on iPhone

You do not necessarily need to use a static image as your iPhone wallpaper as here we show you how to make a video your lock screen on your iPhone. You can use any of your videos as your home and lock screen wallpaper.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Dec. 17, 2019

When you unlock your iPhone, the first thing you normally see is your wallpaper. In most cases, it is a static photo downloaded from somewhere, and if you have not gone that far, it will be one of the preloaded photos on your iPhone. You will be glad to know that in addition to using static images as your lock screen and home wallpapers, you can use videos as well for your lock screen.

A video wallpaper may not be very common but its use is increasing day by day and there are more and more devices adding support for it. Your iPhone does have support for it and you can use any of your videos as the wallpaper for both your home and lock screen on your device.

The procedure to set a video as wallpaper on your iPhone is a bit different than a static wallpaper procedure. It is because your iPhone only supports using Live Photos as your wallpapers. What that means is you first need to convert your video to a Live Photo format and then you can use it as your lock screen and home wallpaper. This guide should help you do just that.

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Making a Video Your Lock Screen with intoLive App

The thing with an iPhone is that it does not have a built-in converter to help you turn your normal videos into Live Photos. However, that is not to say there is no way at all for you to perform a video to Live Photo conversion on your device.

There is actually a good app on the iOS App Store that helps you convert your regular videos to Live Photos. You can grab the app from the store and use it to convert any of your videos to Live Photos. Once that is done, you can then set the resulting video as a wallpaper on your iPhone.

The following steps should help you do it on your iPhone:

Step 1. Launch the iOS App Store on your iPhone and search for an app named intoLive. When the app page opens, tap on Get to download and install the app on your device.

Step 2. Open the app when it is installed. You will be asked to give it permission to access your photos. Allow it to do so, so it can fetch your videos.

Step 3. When your videos are fetched, they will be shown on the main interface of the app. Select the video you would like to use as a live wallpaper on your iPhone by tapping on it.

Step 4. On the following screen, the app will let you edit your video. You can apply filters, change the speed of the video, mute the video, rotate it, and so on. When you have made your changes, tap on Make at the top-right corner of your screen.

Make a Live Photo

Make a Live Photo

Step 5. You can apply a repeating loop to your video on the following screen. However, only the first option No repeat is available for free users. Tap on it and it will let you continue.

Live Photo repetitions

Live Photo repetitions

Step 6. Your video is now turned to a Live Photo and you can save it to your device. Tap on the Save Live Photo button to do so. Your Live Photo will be saved in the Photos app on your device.

Save Live Photo

Save Live Photo

Step 7. Now that your video, in the form a Live Photo is ready, let us make it as the wallpaper for your iPhone. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Wallpaper followed by Choose a New Wallpaper.

Change iPhone wallpaper

Change iPhone Wallpaper

Step 8. Tap on Live followed by Live Photos and choose your newly created wallpaper. Then, tap on Set followed by Set Both to set it as a wallpaper for both your home and lock screen.

Set Live Photo as wallpaper

Set Live Photo as Wallpaper

As you can see, it is pretty easy to use any video available on your iPhone as a live wallpaper. All it requires you to do is to convert your video to a Live Photo and you are all set to use it as your iPhone’s background.

Use a Video as a Wallpaper with PicPlayPost

If the above app does not work on your device for some reason or you do not wish to use it, you have another great app available to help you use any video as a wallpaper on your iPhone.

This app is called PicPlayPost and like the intoLive app, it lets you convert your videos to Live Photos for you to then use them as live wallpapers.

Step 1. Grab the PicPlayPost app off of the official iOS App Store on your device and launch it.

Step 2. On the first screen, tap on the option that says New Project to create a new project for your live wallpaper.

New project in PicPlayPost

New Project in PicPlayPost

Step 3. You will need to give the app permission to access your photos and videos. Then, tap on the option that says Create a Movie or Slideshow.

Create a movie in PicPlayPost

Create a Movie in PicPlayPost

Step 4. The following screen lets you choose a ratio for your project. You want to choose the one that says 9:16 as it fits perfectly for an iPhone wallpaper.

Choose video ratio

Choose Video Ratio

Step 5. You will now add your video to the app. Tap on the + (plus) button at the bottom-left corner to do it.

Add video to the app

Add Video to the App

Step 6. Choose Fullscreen and then select your video to be added to the app. Make any changes you want to make to your video and then tap on Save & Share at the top.

Save video

Save Video

Step 7. If you are a free user of the app, tap on Continue with Watermark. Select Live Photo/Wallpaper on the following screen.

Watermark options

Watermark Options

Step 8. Head into Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Live > Live Photos on your iPhone and select your newly created Live Photo. It will then be set as your iPhone wallpaper.

That is all about how to set a video as the wallpaper for your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

That is all about how to setting a video as the wallpaper for your iPhone. If you haven’t try dynamic wallpaper before, then follow this guide and try to make your iPhone video as your wallpaper.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.