How Do I Enable a Screensaver on an iPhone?

By Carol Finch

Learn how to use Apple's wallpapers or your own photos as screensavers. Find out how to enable a screensaver on your iPhone's Home and Lock screens.

To use a screensaver on your iPhone, you need to enable a wallpaper image. Your iPhone already contains some still and dynamic default wallpapers. Its still images include photos and designs; the dynamic options are typically different color screens with moving bubbles. If you prefer, set your own photos as screensavers. Enable a wallpaper image or photo on your Lock screen, so it shows when your iPhone goes to standby, and on your Home screen, where it appears behind your apps.

Enable a Wallpaper on Your iPhone

Tap Settings on your Home screen and then tap Wallpaper.

Your current wallpapers display. To change these options, select Choose a New Wallpaper.

How to add screensavers to an iPhone

You can set images from Apple's default wallpapers or from your own photos. To browse the defaults, select Dynamic or Stills, or go to the Photos area and locate the photo you want to use as a screensaver.

How to load iPhone dynamic and stills wallpapers

When you've found the image you want, tap it to open a preview screen. If you've selected a photo, you can enable or disable Perspective Zoom. Apple introduced Perspective Zoom in iOS 7 to help users control image movements and zooming when they move their handsets or open apps. If you leave this setting on, your image may not scale exactly. If you don't want this effect, turn the setting Off, otherwise leave it On. You can always go back and switch the setting later if you change your mind.

If you're happy with the way the image looks, select Set. To choose a different image, select Cancel to return to your image files.

Set an iPhone wallpaper with perspective zoom

Choose the screen where you want the wallpaper to appear by selecting Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen or Set Both.

Enable screensaver on an iPhone's lock screen.

Wait for the Setting Wallpaper notification to finish. The wallpaper should now show on your screen or screens. If you enabled an image on one screen and want to add another to the other screen, repeat the process.


  • To crop or edit a photo before you set it as a screensaver, use your iPhone's photo editing tools.
  • If you don't like Apple's default images and don't have a photo you want to use as a screensaver, search the App Store for free wallpaper and image apps.


  • Dynamic wallpapers may use more battery than still images. If you notice that your iPhone's battery runs down more quickly after setting a dynamic image as a screensaver, you may want to switch to a still wallpaper. \x1a
  • You can't delete a wallpaper on your iPhone; you can only replace it with a different one.