Did you know you can use a GIF as your iPhone or iPad background that animates when you touch the home button? Sure, Apple doesn’t allow you to use them as is, but there is a workaround that allows you to enjoy your favorite animated GIF directly on your iPhone lock screen.
How to Set a GIF as Wallpaper on iPhone & iPad
We’ll be making use of a free third-party app to convert your GIF to a Live Photo first before you proceed to set it as the wallpaper. So, let’s check out the necessary steps:
- Go to the App Store and install GIF Convert by PicCollage on your iPhone or iPad. Open the app to get started.
- Next, you need to select the GIF from your photo library.
- Here, you’ll be able to trim the GIF if needed. Tap on the download icon at the bottom-right corner to proceed with the conversion.
- Now, select “Live Photo” for the Save as type, set the Resolution to “High” for maximum quality, and then tap on “Save” to add the converted image to your library.
- Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down below and tap on “Wallpaper” to proceed.
- Here, tap on the “Choose a New Wallpaper” option located right at the top.
- Now, select the “Live Photos” album and choose the live photo that you just converted using the app.
- Once selected, you’ll be able to preview your new live photo by simply long-pressing on it. Tap on “Set” to access more options.
- You can set it either as your home screen wallpaper, lock screen wallpaper, or both. Choose your preferred option to complete the procedure.
That was the last step. You’ve successfully learned how to use GIFs as wallpapers on your iOS/iPadOS device, just make sure to convert them to Live Photos first.
One important thing to note here is that your new wallpaper will only animate in the lock screen, it will stay as a still image on the home screen. You’ll also need to long-press on the display for the wallpaper animation to play. Therefore, if you were expecting your GIF to loop automatically whenever you’re on the lock screen, we hate to break it to you that this is as close as you can get for now.