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How to make a live wallpaper on Android or iPhone

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You can create a live wallpaper from a video using a third-party Android app. Just download one from the Google Play Store. iPhone users, however, are out of luck. Apple removed live wallpapers with iOS 16.


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Editor’s Note: The steps in this guide were compiled using a Google Pixel 7 Pro running Android 13 and an iPhone 12 Mini running 16.1.1. Some steps may differ depending on your hardware and software.

How to make a live wallpaper on android

Android has no native way to turn a video into a live wallpaper. You need to find a third-party app on the Google Play Store to get the job done. There are plenty of them on the Play Store. Do a simple search and you’ll be bombarded with options. You can choose whatever you want, but we happen to like Video Live Wallpaper Maker. It’s wildly expensive when you pay to use the premium features, at $19.99 per month. That said, the free version lets you create live wallpapers from videos easily. You just have to put up with a ton of ads when you use it, which shouldn’t be too often anyway.

How to create a live wallpaper with Video Live Wallpaper Maker:

  1. Go to Google Play Store and download Video Live Wallpaper Maker.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. The main page shows you a gallery of the videos on your device. Choose the video you want to use.
  4. You get a number of options. You can choose whether you Turn on audio and Scale to fit the screen. Make your choices.
  5. When you’re done, tap Set as launcher wallpaper.
  6. Tap on Set wallpaper.
  7. Select if you want to set it on your Home screenor Home screen and lock screen.
  8. Done!

How to make a live wallpaper on an iPhone

Warning: Apple removed the live wallpaper feature with iOS 16. So anyone with the latest software is out of luck.

However, if you’re still using an older version of iOS, it’s relatively easy to create your own live wallpaper. For starters, those with anything older than iOS 16 can use any Live Photo as a live wallpaper.

To use a live photo:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Enter Wallpaper.
  3. Select Choose a new background.
  4. Touch Live photos.
  5. Choose a photo and take care of it.
  6. Select Set.
  7. Choose between Set lock screen, Set home screenor Set both.
  8. You’re done!

You can also find a third-party app that lets you turn videos into wallpapers. The Apple App Store is full of them, but we love intoLive. Again, it’s quite a pricey app if you subscribe, but you can use it for free and keep most of the features.

How to use intoLive:

  1. Go to the Apple App Store and download intoLive. Then launch it.
  2. Select New project.
  3. Find the content you want to use.
  4. Tap on To add.
  5. You can now perform all kinds of operations. These include cropping, cutting, adding more content, making lighting and color changes, and more.
  6. When you’re done editing, tap the Part button in the top right corner.
  7. below File typeselect Live photo.
  8. Choose you Solution and FPS preferences.
  9. Touch Save to Photos.
  10. Follow the steps to use a Live Photo. These are listed above.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can’t just set a video as a live wallpaper. However, you can use a third-party app to turn any video into a live wallpaper.

Also known as Dynamic Wallpapers, live wallpapers on iPhones were killed with iOS 16. If you have a phone running an older version of iOS, it can still use live wallpapers.

No. Apple has removed live wallpapers no matter where they come from.

Yes. You have to tinker a bit to make your own live wallpapers, but Android still supports them.

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