How to Change WhatsApp Background

Add a personal flourish to your messages

What to Know

  • Settings > Chats is where you'll find wallpaper options on both iOS and Android.
  • The choice of wallpaper applies to all your chats. 
  • You can use any photo as a background.

This article teaches you how to change your WhatsApp background on both iOS and Android smartphones and explains everything you need to know about what options are available and how to change them. 

How to Change WhatsApp Background on iOS

If you're keen to change your WhatsApp wallpaper, it's simple enough to change the message background to (mostly) whatever you want it to be. Here's how to change the WhatsApp background on iOS-based phones. 


This guide applies to all iPhones that are able to run WhatsApp.

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap Settings.

  2. Tap Chats.

  3. Tap Chat Wallpaper.

    Steps needed to find Chat Wallpaper setting on WhatsApp iOS
  4. Tap Wallpaper Library, Solid Colors, or Photos depending on your choice.


    Wallpaper Library gives you a selection of predefined options. Solid Colors is self-explanatory, and Photos allows you to pick a background from your Photos album.

  5. Tap your choice of wallpaper.

    Steps needed to change wallpaper on WhatsApp iOS
  6. Tap Set.


    You can choose to browse through other options by swiping left or right between the available choices.

  7. The background has now been changed.


    Tap Reset Wallpaper to reset it to the default message background. 

How to Change WhatsApp Background on Android

If you want to change your message wallpaper on Android, the process is very similar but requires looking in a slightly different place. Here's how to change your WhatsApp background on Android phones.


This process applies to all Android smartphones that are capable of running WhatsApp.

  1. Open WhatsApp.

  2. Tap the three line More icon.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Chats.

    Steps needed to find Chat wallpaper settings on WhatsApp Android
  5. Tap Wallpaper > Change.

  6. Choose from either your photo album/gallery, solid colors or the Wallpaper library.

    Steps needed to add wallpaper from Wallpaper Library on WhatsApp Android


    You may need to download the WhatsApp Wallpaper library before using it.

  7. Tap your chosen option.

  8. Tap Set.

  9. The WhatsApp wallpaper has now been changed across all chat windows.

What Else Do I Need to Know About WhatsApp Backgrounds?

There are a few key points to take away from changing your WhatsApp background. Here's a quick overview of what you need to know and what's possible when it comes to all things associated with WhatsApp backgrounds.

  • The background change applies to all chats. You can't change individual chat windows to different backgrounds. Picking a background applies it globally. 
  • It's possible to use any photo as a background. Picking a photo from your album or gallery is a great way of adding the most personal touches to your chats, plus you can find options online to change things up if you wish. 
  • You can't apply filters. WhatsApp doesn't offer filtering or photo editing options other than the ability to zoom in on your chosen background. 
  • Solid colors are a helpful accessibility aid. If you need your chat windows to be easier to see, then picking a solid color is a good way of ensuring that the text is more noticeable on screen. 
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