The 5 Best iPad Mini Wallpapers of 2023

Make a small statement with the iPad Mini wallpaper you choose

Your iPad mini arrives with Apple’s default wallpaper on your home and lock screen. It takes just a few seconds to change the wallpaper on your device. The apps and sources below offer some of the best iPad mini wallpaper options available.

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Create Cool Patterns: Emoji Wallpaper

Two screenshots of random emoji (left) Court and Scales of justice, (right) four kinds of flowers
What We Like
  • Emoji wallpaper. What's not to like?

What We Don't Like
  • No option to pay to remove in-app ads.

Display a repeating pattern of emoji and/or text on top of a solid color or image you choose. Use any emoji you can type on your iPad, along with any text. Add a space to insert a gap. You can also adjust the size of the emoji. Or, tap the “Random” button to generate a coincidental combination of colors and emoji.

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Search for Professional Photos: Unsplash

Two screenshots, (left) Unplash search screen with "New Photos" and "Explore themes" and search options; (right) Results for "desert" images shown
What We Like
  • Keyword search works well to find images.

  • Browing through Unsplash is also easy.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't filter search results by orientation or resolution.

Unsplash offers a huge selection of searchable images, almost all of which can work as home or lock screen wallpaper. Even better, Unsplash licensing lets you use these images for free. Type a keyword or browse through collections. Save any image you like to your iPad Photo library.

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Abstaict and Artsy: Vellum

Two screenshots, (left) 7 curated categories shown on Vellum, (right) Nikki Pinkham portrait-oriented photo collection
What We Like
  • Well-curated selection of images.

  • There are no bad wallpaper choices in this app.

What We Don't Like
  • No keyword search feature to help you narrow your options.

  • Limited number of images.

Vellum provides a curated selection of images — such as photographs, abstract patterns, and gradient color splashes — from several sources. All of the images included are portrait-orientation format. The app and images are free, although you may pay a one-time fee of $1.99 to obtain access to remove all ads and gain access to daily wallpapers from the prior four weeks.

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Embrace Nature: National Park Service Photos & Multimedia

Two screenshots: (left) Search for "forest" on National Park Service site, (right) Jasper Forest image detail
What We Like
  • Free nature images.

  • Variety of types of photos.

What We Don't Like
  • May take a few taps to find a specific image you want.

  • Limited selection of images for some parks and subjects.

If you like nature images, explore the photos available from the National Park Service. Their site offers access to more than 120,000 photos, most of which are in the public domain. Search for your favorite park, state, or feature, such as a mountain, canyon, or forest.

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Make It Personal: Wallpaper From Your Own Photos

Two screenshots (left) Photo of Luxembourg Gardens; (right) Share menu that shows "Use as wallpaper" option in lower right corner
What We Like
  • No wallpaper is more personal than a photo you take.

  • You can create exactly the image you want.

What We Don't Like
  • Photo search on your iPad mini can take time.

  • You may need to experiment a bit to crop your photos so they display as you desire.

The best wallpaper image is the one that means the most to you. So, open the Apple Photos app and choose any photo. In general, photos of people and/or pets work well for lock screen photos, while photos of landscapes or places work well as home screen wallpaper. That's because images on the lock screen are fully visible, while images on the home screen display behind app icons.

How to Change Your iPad Mini Wallpaper

For your iPad mini, you will likely want to select a portrait-oriented image. People often use the iPad mini held in portrait orientation, with the home button at the bottom. Of course, if you use your device in landscape orientation often, you may prefer to select a landscape-oriented wallpaper image.

After you’ve selected an image, open Settings, then tap Wallpaper, then tap Choose a New Wallpaper. Select your image, then, in the lower right, choose to use it as the wallpaper for your Home Screen, Lock Screen, or Both.

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