How to set a video as a wallpaper on iPhone!

You never thought you could ever set a video as a wallpaper on an iPhone. But here we are with not one, but two ways to do that.

This feature, that all iPhones having 3D Touch boast, is called Live Photos. Apart from the generic function of serving as an interactive photo in your camera roll, a Live Photo can be used to set as a lock screen wallpaper that animates when pressure is applied on the screen; it can also be used to create fun GIFs that you can share with your friends later.

Keep in mind, though, that a Live Wallpaper that animates on the lock screen doesn’t animate at all on the home screen. Instead, it serves as a static wallpaper.

This can be done using two methods. The first method is long and requires you to go through an extensive process. But it’s reliable and totally free. However, the second method is easier. But it’s only partially free. Nevertheless, both methods reach you towards your goal of setting a live wallpaper on your iPhone.

Disclaimer: Method 1 has been deprecated and can no longer be used to set a live wallpaper. Use the link to Method 2 instead. It’s a better and easy way to do this.

Method 1: Difficult method to set a video as a background on iPhone. (Only works on the lock screen)

Jump straight to the steps:

It’s a well-known, undeniable fact that Apple limits customization to cope up with security. Setting a live wallpaper from a video shouldn’t be possible as a result.

But, there’s always a way to do something, isn’t it? A workaround, per se.

Disclaimer: This process involves converting a video into a GIF first and then converting it to a live photo.


Setting the App:

After you’ve installed Giphy for iOS, you’ll need to sign in to the app using an account. If you have a Facebook account, that will do as well.

Step 1: Converting the video into a live photo

Converting the video to a GIF:

  1. Tap on the little ‘upload’ arrow on the top.
  2. Now, based on your liking, you can choose to capture a video or select it from the camera roll.
  3. Upload the video.
  4. At this point, you will have two options: either to keep the uploaded video private or open to all Giphy users. I recommend that you choose privately if you have uploaded the video with the sole intention of converting it into a live photo.

Downloading the video as a live photo:

  1. Tap on the account avatar at the top right corner and then tap on Channel.
  2. Find your uploaded video. By default, it should be on the top.
  3. Tap on the video. It should open in full screen.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the ‘3 dots’ which will unveil some other options.
  5. Tap on the Live photo icon which looks like this: 
    Convert videos to live wallpapers
  6. Save it as Fullscreen. The video will be saved as a live photo in your camera roll.

You can easily convert a GIF in a similar manner. In fact, it’ll require fewer steps.

Step 2: Setting the video as a live wallpaper on the iPhone

Setting the converted video as a live wallpaper:

  1. Tap on the share icon in the live photo.
  2. Tap on the set as a wallpaper button.
  3. Set the wallpaper as a live wallpaper per usual.

The easy, second method is available on the second page of this post. So make sure to visit it by clicking on the pagination numbers below.

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