How to Make a Video Wallpaper on Your Phone

What you need to know to set up cool video wallpaper on your Android or iPhone

A video wallpaper, also called a live wallpaper, makes your phone’s background move or show a short video clip. Live wallpapers can spice up a phone beyond the standard, static wallpaper on most devices. Some smartphones come with live wallpapers pre-installed, like floating feathers, shooting stars, or falling snow. However, you can also make your own custom live wallpaper from any video.

Illustration of Android phones with different moving wallpapers
Daniel Fishel / Lifewire

Instructions in this article apply to iPhone 6S and later, and devices with Android 4.1 and above.

Make a Video Your Wallpaper on Android

There are several apps for Android that make a video wallpaper. A few include VideoWall and Video Live Wallpaper. Here's how to use Video Live Wallpaper, but the steps are similar for VideoWall.

  1. Install Video Live Wallpaper.

  2. Select Choose Video, then tap Allow to give the app permission to access your media files.

    After completing this step, this option is renamed to the file location of the video. If you don't see Choose Video, tap the button at the top of the app.

  3. Select a video from your phone that you want to use as the live wallpaper.

    Video wallpaper on phone
  4. To adjust the start and end times, drag the slider along the video's timeline. Tap Play to preview the clip.

  5. Tap the picture icon (it's located in the upper-right corner of the app) to see what the live wallpaper will look like.

  6. To make changes to how the video displays, choose Settings (it's the gear icon located in the upper-right corner of the preview screen). From there, you can enable or disable the audio and adjust the Scale Fit setting.

    Video Wallpaper app with scrubber and Settings icon highlighted
  7. Choose Set wallpaper, then choose Home screen or Home screen and lock screen, depending on your preference.

    Live Wallpaper app with Set Wallpaper and options highlighted

How to Set a Video as Your Wallpaper on iPhone

To use a video wallpaper on your iPhone, select any video clip you captured using the Live Photo feature in the iPhone camera app.

  1. Go to Settings.

  2.  Tap Wallpaper.

  3. Select Choose a New Wallpaper.

    Settings, Wallpaper, and Choose a New Wallpaper options on an iPhone
  4. Tap Live to use one of the preloaded, animated wallpapers.

  5. Alternatively, scroll down and select your Live Photos folder to use one you took.

  6. Choose the live wallpaper you want to use.

    Live wallpaper options on an iPhone
  7. Press the screen to preview the animated effect. Tap Live Photo (located at the bottom of the screen) to turn the animation off.

  8. Tap Set when you're ready to make the video your iPhone wallpaper.

  9. Choose Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, or Set Both.

    Setting a live wallpaper on an iPhone