Do you have a video you absolutely love and would like to turn into a live wallpaper for your iPhone’s lock screen? In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to do just that – and it will take you less than a minute.
What are live wallpapers?
Live wallpapers are essentially live photos set to your iPhone lock screen. Live photos offer a GIF-like animation effect on the iPhone 6s and later (excluding iPhone SE). When set as a live wallpaper, you can long-press on your display and it will play. But it only works on the lock screen – not the home screen. Beyond Apple’s stock live wallpapers, you can create live wallpapers out of any video saved to your camera roll.
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Step 1: Turn a video into a live photo
Ready to spice up your lock screen? First, you need to convert a video into a live photo, and then you will be able to set it as your lock screen live wallpaper. It can be any video you’ve shot or one you’ve saved to your camera roll – even a TikTok video you’ve downloaded if you really want.
Option A: Use a video in your camera roll
If you want to use a video in your camera roll, you’ll need to use a separate third-party app to turn it into a live photo first. Search “live wallpaper” in the Apple App Store and you’ll see a plethora of options that allow you to make live photos out of videos. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use the intoLive app. It’s free to download and use, but there is a Pro version that unlocks more editing tools.
Download and launch the intoLive app. Once you grant it access to your camera roll, select any video. You can pick videos of any length. intoLive Free can only make live photos up to 5 seconds long.
The video editing page will open. Use the slider to pick which part of it you want to turn into a live photo. You can also add filters, change the video’s speed, and more. Some options are locked behind the intoLive Pro paywall.
When ready, tap Make in the top-right. Select how many times you’d like the Live Photo to repeat, No repeat is the default.
IntoLive will make your live photo. When it’s done, tap Save Live Photo. You can find your new live photo in the Photos app. Option B: Use a TikTok video
All you need to do here is find a TikTok video you like and then save it to your camera roll as a live photo – no other app required. For Halloween, we saved this TikTok as a live photo and set it as our live wallpaper. We didn’t even need to crop out the TikTok watermark because it saves without it.
Open the TikTok app on your iPhone and find the video you want. Tap the Share icon (the curved arrow) on the video. Select live photo from the second row of options. The video will be converted into a live photo. You can find your new live photo in the Photos app.
Step 2: Set a live photo as a live wallpaper
Once you’ve converted your video or TikTok video into a live photo, you’re free to set it as your live wallpaper on your iPhone lock screen.
To set a live photo as a live wallpaper, go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper. Find your live photo from the All Photos or Recents folders and then select it. You can zoom in and move the live photo however you like. When happy, tap Set and then choose Set Lock Screen. Now, when you long-press on the lock screen, your live photo will play.
Want to know more?
See Apple’s support page here about how to set live photos as your wallpaper. Pocket-lint also has a guide on Apple’s live photos feature here. Lastly, if you want to really take things up a notch, you can completely customise your iPhone home screen aesthetic by following this guide here.