How to Make Your iPhone Wallpaper a Rotating Gallery of Good Vibes

With iOS 16’s redesign of lock screen customization, Apple introduced a feature that lets you choose a set of shuffled images for your wallpaper. I was recently reminded of this feature thanks to a tweet from @cabeland I used it to make my lock screen a rotating gallery of beautiful nature images.

Here’s also how you can do that, and how you can use the Photo Shuffle feature to turn your phone into a slideshow of friends, family, pets, or places you’ve been.

From there, you will see an options screen that lets you choose which photos you want to browse. There are plenty of options here; if you select People as one of the smart categories you want to browse, you’ll be able to choose the person(s) you want to greet when you pick up your phone.

The Photo Shuffle feature lets you turn your home screen into an algorithm-driven or manually organized slideshow.

You can also choose how often it changes, with shuffle frequency options ranging from every time you tap the lock screen to hourly or daily.

After setting your wallpaper the way you want, tap the Use featured photos button to create it. From here you can customize your lock screen as usual, configure your widgets, filters and clock as you wish. You can also decide if you want to use photo shuffle as your home screen background.

There is also the option to create a slideshow that avoids images selected by Apple’s algorithm, which you can do by pressing Select photos manually instead of Use featured photos. This will bring up a photo picker, where you can choose the images you want to include. If you have an album of your favorite photos, this option may be the solution.

Screenshots of iOS lock screen picker and custom lock screen with random frequency menu displayed.

You can customize the slideshow from the lock screen selection screen.

After creating the Photo Shuffle wallpaper, you can change features such as the categories included and how often the photo changes.

Now that the collection is set as wallpaper, you can, for example, choose it as the background for a certain focus mode or access it from your lock screen. I hope you enjoy serenity as much as I do.

Screenshots of three iPhone lock screens, one showing a mountain field, one showing a lake, and one showing a stream.

Behold: a lovely way to spend the day.

Here’s one last pro tip: if your phone selects a photo that you don’t want on your lock screen, Press and hold on the photo, press the Personalize , then tap the lock screen again. You may have to scroll through the list of images to find the one you want to get rid of, but when you do, press the button button in the lower right corner. There should be a Do not show photo button in the list of options.


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