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Live Photos: Animated Lock Screen on iPhone

live-photos-on-the-Lock-ScreenIt’s the small things that make us iPhone users happy, such as finally having access to an animated Lock Screen on iPhone. Android users were, for a long while, privileged in this matter. Now we can set the new iPhone 6s “Live Photos” as our Lock Screen wallpaper and make them come to life by giving them a tap! Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Using a Live Photo as your Lock Screen Wallpaper

Prerequisites: You will need an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus for this guide to work. Older iPhones unfortunately don’t work, although they can at least display “Live Photos” in their animated form. Setting them as a wallpaper or Lock Screen image requires one of the latest models. By the way, here’s a guide on how you can apply the new iPhone 6s wallpapers to an older device.

iPhone Live Wallpaper

Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper

To set a “Live Photo” as your new wallpaper on the Lock Screen, we will have to pay your iOS Settings a visit. Go to your “Settings” app and tap “Wallpaper”, then “Choose a New Wallpaper” and finally “All Photos”.

Pick one of your pictures from your collection of images, as you may know the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus automatically enable the “Live Photo” feature for all of the shots. Once you have found the image you want to use, tap it.


Then pay close attention to the options at the bottom. You can either use it in the classic “Still” mode, apply the “Perspective” effect to make it pop, or use “Live Photo” to make the image come to life on your Lock Screen. Tap the corresponding option and hit “Set” to confirm the changes.

Now you can touch your Lock Screen and marvel at the beauty of your photo in animated form.

Hint: Live Photos can also be used to decorate your Home Screen, although they will be displayed without the animation.