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How to Set Video as Wallpaper on iPhone Lock Screen

by Kaushal

Let’s say you got curious seeing your friend holding an Android with a video wallpaper on the screen. The only problem is that you have an iPhone and it doesn’t let you set videos as wallpapers on the lock screen, natively. However, there are clever workarounds. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set a video as wallpaper on iPhone’s lock screen. Let’s begin.

What’s the Problem

iOS, by design, only lets you set still images and Live Photos as wallpapers on the lock screen. When you set a live photo as wallpaper on the lock screen, you need to tap and hold the screen to bring the wallpaper to life. The same effect doesn’t work on the home screen as it goes into jiggle mode instead.

Therefore, if you want to set a short video as a wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen, you’d have to convert the video into a Live Photo first and then set it as a wallpaper. With this crucial information out, I have found a few apps that let you convert a video clip into a live photo easily.

1. intoLive- Convert Video to Live Wallpaper

intoLive is a popular app that many people use to set a video as wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen. It offers a refined interface that can help you create Live Photos from your videos. Not just that, you can do basic editing on your video such as changing the background, adjusting playback speed, and rotating and flipping the video.

You can create a Live Photo from a video that’s five seconds in length or trim a longer video to fit in the time frame. intoLive can increase the time from five to 30 seconds with a one-time in-app purchase. The pro version includes extra features such as creating a slideshow with 30-pictures, additional filters, and no ads.

Pros:

  • Refined user interface, easy to create Live Photos from videos

Cons:

  • Live Photo clip length limited to 5 seconds (30 seconds for pro users)

1. Start by installing the intoLive app on your iPhone from the App Store. Open the app and grant access to the video that you wish to convert into a Live Photo. After that, select that video to proceed to the editor.

Grant access to videos in the app

2. You can adjust the duration of the clip, change the background, key photo, filter, speed, size, crop, etc. After making all the changes, tap Make on the top right corner.

basic editing tools in intoLive app

3. That would process and convert your video which may take a few minutes. Once done, tap Save Live Photo at the bottom.

save Live Photo

4. Open the Photos app and tap the Live Photo that we just saved. It should show a live icon on the top left as shown in the image below. Tap the Share button on the bottom left. Select Use as Wallpaper.

Tap Use as Wallpaper on Share Sheet

5. Make sure Live Photo is turned on, tap on Set, and select Set Lock Screen.

set Live Photo on the Lock Screen

6. Your video is set on the lock screen as a Live Wallpaper. Tap and hold the lock screen to bring the video to life.

Lock Screen on iPhone with live video as wallpaper

2. VideoToLive- Set a Video as Wallpaper

While intoLive is perfectly capable of creating Live Photos for setting as wallpaper on the iPhone, it can only output a 5-second long clip. Even after upgrading to the Pro version, the limit is increased to 30 seconds only. If you have a video clip longer than that and wish to create a video wallpaper from that, VideoToLive is an option. VideoToLive doesn’t have fancy editing tools built in. It has basic tools such as crop, rotate, flip, and a few filters. It’s simple and creates a Live Photo from the entire clip irrespective of the video length. However, using such a large Live Photo does stress the hardware and it takes a little to process the video.

Pros:

  • Ability to create video wallpapers longer than 30 seconds
  • Shows how the video would look on the lock screen

Cons:

  • No option to create live wallpaper with pictures

1. Start by installing the VideoToLive app from the App Store. Open the app and grant access to the video you wish to convert into Live Photos. Select the video from the list and tap Convert.

select a video in the app VideotoLive

2. Just like intoLive, you can make a few adjustments like rotate and flip the video. The best part about this app is that it gives you a live preview of how the video would look as wallpaper on the lock screen.

make adjustments on live video

3. You can also change the aspect ratio of the video so that it fits better on the lock screen. After making the adjustments, tap Convert Now.

convert video to live photo now

4. While testing, I chose a 45-second video and converted it to a Live Photo. The app didn’t clip or trim the file and the Live Photo was still 45 seconds long. You would find the newly saved Live Photo in the Photos app. Select the Live Photo and tap Share on the bottom left.

tap the share button in Photos app

5. Tap Use as Wallpaper. Make sure Live Photo is turned on and tap Set button on the bottom right.

tap use as wallpaper from Share sheet

6. Select Set Lock Screen and that’s it. Your iPhone might take a while to process such a large file but once it is done, your video will be set as lock screen wallpaper.

set video as wallpaper on lock screen

Due to file size restrictions, I couldn’t upload a full 45-second clip but I assure you the video played in full on the Lock Screen.

videotolive- lock screen video wallpaper

How to Set Video as Wallpaper on iPhone

These were two methods to set any video as wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen. As iPhone doesn’t let you put any file on the lock screen, developers have to get creative and find ways that are not conventional. While intoLive is a well-built app with tons of unique features, I like VideoToLive more. It doesn’t limit the size of the clip that can be set as wallpaper and you can create Live Wallpapers without any artificial limits. What do you think? Which app would you use to set a video as a wallpaper on your iPhone. Let me know on Twitter.

Also Read: 10 Best Live Wallpaper Apps for iPhone

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