When using an iPhone, the lock screen wallpaper is the first thing you see. Anyone would become bored with the same wallpaper every day.
You may set your iPhone to automatically change the wallpaper to add excitement. Let’s examine three ways to have the iPhone’s wallpaper change automatically.
1. Using Photo Shuffle Feature (iOS 16)
Photo shuffle, a new wallpaper feature in iOS 16, allows the iPhone’s lock screen and home screen wallpapers to be changed automatically.
To set up photo shuffle on an iPhone, follow these steps:
- On your iPhone, access the notification panel.
- Press and hold down on any blank space on your screen.
- Press the bottom-positioned (+) Add button. And tap on Photo Shuffle.
- Click the Add button at the top after choosing the images you want to use as your wallpaper.
- You can modify the wallpaper on the wallpaper edit screen by using the below tips:
- To add or delete wallpapers, tap the icon in the bottom left corner. To choose the shuffle frequency, tap on the three dots in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Your iPhone’s wallpaper can be changed daily, hourly, upon unlocking, or with a single tap.
- To add a filter to the wallpaper, swipe left. After making any necessary changes to the wallpapers, click the Add button which can be found at the top.
- Click on set as wallpaper pair to automatically change the lock screen and home screen wallpaper.
- Alternatively, you can select a different wallpaper for your iPhone home screen by clicking on Customize home screen.
- Now, depending on the shuffle frequency selected, the wallpaper on your iPhone will change automatically.
2. Making Use of Focus Modes (iOS 16)
Linking a focus mode to the lock screen is another great way to have your iPhone’s lock screen wallpaper change automatically. When the mode is activated, the corresponding lock screen will also be enabled. The focus modes can be scheduled to meet your needs.
For you to link the focus mode to the lock screen wallpaper, take the following actions:
- Go into the iPhone’s Settings.
- Choose any focus profile by going to Focus. Even better, you may make a brand-new focus profile by clicking the (+) Add symbol located at the top.
- Navigate to the customize screens section within a focus. Under the lock screen preview, tap Choose.
- Now, either select one of the pre-existing lock screen wallpapers or create a new one fresh by clicking the Gallery option.
- Choose the ideal wallpaper, then adjust the lock screen to suit your needs. To connect it to the focus profile, tap the Add button.
Pro Tip: From the lock screen, you can also connect a focus to a lock screen wallpaper. Tap and hold the lock screen. To choose a focus, tap the Focus button located below.
3. Making Use of Shortcut Automation
You can use Shortcuts if the first two methods does not work for you. To change the wallpaper automatically using this method, use the Apple Shortcuts app, and then set a trigger to activate the shortcut.
There are numerous methods for starting the shortcut. Considering the time of day, dawn, sunset, your arrival at home, your departure from work, etc.
Three major steps make up the complete process:
- Make an album for your wallpapers.
- Create shortcut.
- Make an automation to run the shortcut
Let’s examine each stage in detail
Step 1: Make an album for your wallpapers.
Downloading all the wallpapers we’ll need is the first thing we need to set up on the iPhone. If you already have a set of wallpapers, use those instead
Once the wallpapers have been stored in the Photos app, they should be placed in a different album so that the shortcut may access them more easily. Take these actions:
- Launch the Photos app and tap the Select button located at the top to add the wallpapers to an album. Then choose the wallpapers you want to add.
- Click the Share button, and then from the share sheet, choose Add to Album.
- Click the New Album button to create a new album. Name it, then click Save. We’ll need the album’s title later, so keep the name in mind.
Step 2: Create a shortcut to switch iPhone wallpapers automatically
To set a random wallpaper as the iPhone’s lock screen wallpaper, we will now create a Siri Shortcut that will retrieve it from the album we just created.
- On your iPhone, download and launch the Apple Shortcuts app.
- To add a new shortcut, tap the + button in the top right corner. After that, click Add Action to begin creating the shortcut.
- In the menu, look for the Find Photos action and tap it to add it. After that, click Add Filter.
- The wallpaper album could then be added, ensuring that the shortcut only uses those images in the album.
- Click or tap the area next to the Album label. You might choose from a list of albums that will be displayed to you. Click the name of the wallpaper album we previously made.
- I prefer to randomize the wallpapers so that the order remains natural and doesn’t feel predictable. Therefore, choose Random from the list by tapping the variable next to Sort by.
- Since the shortcut can only change one wallpaper, turn on the toggle next to Limit and change it to 1 using the – icon.
- You must now include another action. To locate the Set Wallpaper action, use the search box at the bottom. Tap on it.
- On an iPhone, you can choose to set the wallpaper for the Home Screen, Lock Screen, or both.
- Tap the Wallpaper card arrow. Turn off the toggle next to Show Preview to prevent the Shortcut from running without user input.
- Type a name for your shortcut and select Done. Our shortcut is nearly prepared for use.
Step 3: Make an Automation for Shortcut
In order to automatically activate this shortcut, we merely need to set up automation.
- Launch the Shortcuts app and click on the Automation tab located at the bottom. Then tap the + button at the top-right to create a new automation.
- Click Create Personal Automation.
- Choose a trigger that will cause the iPhone wallpaper to change automatically. For example, you can set it to Time of Day as it always runs every morning. In that case, you’ll wake up to new wallpaper every day.
- Select any other trigger if you wish. After that, change the time you want the automation to start and tap Next.
- At this point, click Add Action. Then, look for Run Shortcut and press on it to add it.
- Next, open a list of shortcuts on your iPhone by tapping the Shortcut label next to the Run label.
- Locate and choose the shortcut we previously made, then select Next in the top right corner.
- Disable the toggle next to “Ask Before Running” and click “Yes” in the ensuing pop-up.
- This would enable your shortcut to operate automatically without user input. At the top, click the Done button.
That’s it; every time the automation activates the shortcut, your iPhone will now change its wallpaper automatically.