How to Add Contact Info to Your iOS Lock Screen Wallpaper

Put Contact Info on the iOS Lock Screen Wallpaper
Get free templates and instructions to add contact info to your iPhone and iPad wallpaper in case your device is lost (and found). iPad wallpaper © Vladstudio. iPhone wallpaper © Lora Pancoast. Used with permission. Image © Sue Chastain

Losing your phone is the worst. While there's no foolproof trick to stop you from accidentally misplacing it, there are plenty of ways to get your iPhone back in the event you do. By far, the simplest step that you can take toward ensuring that you get your phone back is putting your contact info on your iPhone's lock screen. This way, anyone who happens upon your phone will know exactly who to call or email to return it to you. There are a few ways to add your contact info to your phone's lock screen, so take a look at all of them, and pick which one you think will work best for you.

Original Method - Put The Info In Your Wallpaper

Initially, iOS didn't have any support for making contact information available on locked devices. If you have an older iOS device, this is probably still the case. As a result, clever iPhone users found a way to display their contact info anyway, put it in your lock screen wallpaper.

  1. To start, you're going to need some sort of image editing software. If you have something professional, like Photoshop, you're already in great shape. Most people don't, and that's perfectly fine too. There are a few other options that don't cost a penny. Windows users can probably get away with Microsoft Paint. GIMP is another great free option for Windows, Mac, and Linux that has many of the same capabilities as Photoshop without the lofty price tag. Choose one and open it to get started.

  2. Find an image that will fit the dimensions of your phone's screen. It's a good idea to find something that's similar in size to your phone's screen. It will make positioning your contact information easier.

    Here is a breakdown of recent iPhone screen sizes in pixels:

    iPhone Resolutions
    iPhone Model(s) Screen Resolution
    iPhone X 1125x2436
    iPhone 8 Plus 1080x1920
    iPhone 8 750x1334
    iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 Plus 1080x1920
    iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 750x1334
    iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and SE 640x1136
    iPhone 4, and 4s 640x960
  3. Open your image in the image editor that you chose. If your image isn't exactly the size of your phone's screen, crop or resize the image to match.

  4. Find a place toward the lower middle of your image for your contact information. You're trying to place it below your clock and above the place where you swipe to unlock your iPhone.

    Once you have it, draw a box with your image editor in that area. Then, fill the box with a darker color. You can turn down the opacity of the box to let your image show through. The idea here is to make your text stand out against your image.

  5. Use your image editor's text tool to write your contact info over the box that you just made. Choose a lighter color so the text pops, and don't get too crazy with your font choice. You want this to be easily read.

    You have a couple of options for which information to provide. You can use your own email address, and alternate phone line that you have, or a friend's phone number. Whichever you choose, make sure that it will be simple for someone to reach you with it.

  6. When you're satisfied with your wallpaper. Save or export it in an image format that your iOS device can easily work with. JPG and PNG are always good choices.

  7. Transfer your image to your phone. You can do this however you're most comfortable. Connecting your phone to your computer via USB is the most direct way, but you can always use an app like Dropbox or even email to send it over.

  8. Back on your iPhone, open up your Settings app.

  9. Find and tap Wallpaper, followed by Choose a New Wallpaper.

  10. Locate your image on your phone, and select it. You can use your iPhone's built-in controls to adjust your image to fit perfectly. After adjusting the image, tap Set to finalize your choice.

  11. Your iPhone will display a new menu allowing you to choose whether you want to set your wallpaper for your lock screen, main wallpaper, or both. Choose whichever you prefer.

  12. Lock your phone, and take a look. You should see your new lock screen wallpaper with your contact info displayed prominently right where you set it.  

Using The Over App

There are ways to create your lock screen wallpaper directly on your iPhone as well. The Over app lets you easily place text over images right on your phone, without the need for a computer or other image editing software.

  1. Start by going to he App Store on your iPhone and downloading Over.

  2. Next, find an image that you'd like to use for your wallpaper. Just like with the previous method, it's a good idea to pick something close to your iPhone's screen size.

  3. Open the Over app. Locate your chosen lock screen wallpaper, and open it.

  4. You'll see two boxes over your image. One will allows you to Add Text, and the other is for artwork. Select the text one.

  5. A cursor will appear, and you'll be able to type in your text. Choose an email address or phone number where someone can reach you easily, should they find your lost device. Pick a color for your text that you can easily see against your image. Then, tap Done. Don't worry too much about the position of your text, you can move it later.

  6. Press and hold on your text to move it around. Position it someplace where it will be easily visible when your phone is locked.

  7. Slide you the menu wheel from the right side of your screen. You can use the Edit options to change any number of settings for your text, including the color, font, opacity, justification, and line spacing.

  8. Swipe the menu wheel out again, and select Save to create your new wallpaper.

  9. Your new wallpaper is ready to use. If you're not sure how to set your phone's wallpaper, follow steps eight through eleven above.

Apple Health App Method

The Apple Health app is a relatively new addition to iOS, but it's great for exactly this situation. As long as you're running iOS 8 or newer on your device, you'll already have Apple Health installed. It comes with iOS, and it can't be removed.

  1. Find your Apple Health app and open it.

  2. With the app open, take a look at the bottom right corner of the screen, and locate Medical ID. It has an icon that looks like a star or asterisk. Tap to select it.

  3. Since you don't already have a Medical ID on your iPhone, it will ask you to create one. Tap to confirm.

  4. You can edit all sorts of relevant medical information about yourself on this screen. Apple Health was designed for an actual emergency, so adding this information might be a literal life saver. Consider doing it, but you only really need to add at least one emergency contact. Your phone will be able to call this contact, even when it's locked. The number you add must be saved in your Contacts for it to work.

  5. Review your information, and press Done to save.

  6. To test it out, lock your phone. Then, swipe on your lock screen as though you were about to unlock the device, but don't. Instead, select Emergency at the top.

  7. Your phone will shift to a keypad to let you make an emergency phone call. In the bottom left corner of the screen, you'll see that Medical ID icon again. Select it.

  8. Your phone will display the information that you entered in the Apple Health app along with your emergency contact. Pressing the phone icon next to the number will automatically call the number you entered.

With any luck, you won't need any of these, but you can't ever be to cautious. The Apple Health method is the only one officially supported by Apple, but it's also the one that the fewest people would know what to do with. If you have a newer iPhone with Apple health, it might still be a good idea to include your info on the lock screen wallpaper in addition to providing your Medical ID.