One of the cool new customization features in iOS 17 is the ability to set live photos as your iPhone wallpaper. The live photo will play as an animated background on your home or lock screen. Here is a step-by-step guide to using live wallpapers on your iPhone:

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Step #1: Take Live Photo

First, you need to capture a live photo on your iPhone’s camera. To do this:

  • Open the Camera app and ensure the Live Photo mode is enabled. It is indicated by a circular icon at the top.
  • Take a photo as usual by pressing the shutter button. A live photo will capture a few seconds of video along with the still frame.
  • For best results, avoid excessive movement while taking the live photo.

Step #2: Find Live Photo

Once you have captured a live photo, open the Photos app on your iPhone.

  • Locate the live photo that you want to use as wallpaper.
  • Play it back to confirm it is a live photo by long pressing on the thumbnail. You should see the little video playback.

Step #3: Share Live Photo

After identifying the live photo:

  • Tap on the Share icon below the photo.
  • Scroll down and select the “Use as Wallpaper” option.
  • This will bring up the wallpaper preview screen.

Step #4: Customize Wallpaper

On the wallpaper preview:

  • Use two fingers to pan and zoom the live photo wallpaper. Position it as desired.
  • Tap “Choose New Wallpaper” to select whether you want it on your home screen, lock screen or both.
  • You can also customize it for different home screen pages.

Step #5: Set Live Wallpaper

Finally, tap “Set” to confirm and set the live photo as your iPhone wallpaper.

  • The live wallpaper will now be active on your selected home or lock screen.
  • Sit back and enjoy the short video playback every time you go to your home screen or wake up your phone.

Tips for Best Results

Here are some tips to get the best experience with live wallpapers:

  • Capture live photos using the rear camera for better quality and stability.
  • Choose live photos with minimal subject movement for the best animation effect.
  • Use live wallpapers only if you have an iPhone 8 or later model for smooth performance.
  • Turn off Perspective Zoom from live photo wallpaper settings for fullscreen playback.
  • Set a darker live photo to conserve battery life on OLED iPhones.

So, with just a few taps, you can create a customized live wallpaper straight from the live photos captured on your iPhone! Feel free to get creative and occasionally swap in new live wallpapers to keep things fresh.