In iOS, Apple provides some live wallpaper that you can use for the background on your iPhone's lock screen, but these animated options are just wavy color shifts and ink-in-water effects. To really customize your lock screen, you can use a live photo for your wallpaper. If you can not find the right live photo, GIFs are the next best thing, and experimenting with them feels almost like a game.
To use an animated GIF for your live wallpaper, you need to convert it to a live photo first. While Apple added GIF support in the Photos app, GIF support has not been added to the background settings. But that's easy enough to use GIPHY for iOS. Not only can you browse their huge GIF library, they can also save them as live photos directly in the app.
If you set your GIF live photo as a "live photo" every time you press firmly, it will be animated on the 3D Touch Lock screen. Remember, if you also set it as wallpaper for your home screen, it will not be animated there. Live wallpapers can only be animated on the lock screen. You also need an iPhone 6S or newer device, not the iPhone SE, which does not have a 3D Touch.
: Install GIPHY: The GIF Search Engine
If for some reason you do not already have this great app, install "GIPHY: The GIF Search Engine" from the iOS App Store and then open it. It's completely free, and it gives you a mini version of the app in the iMessage app drawer, so you can easily send gifs directly to your news app.
Step 2: Find a GIF That Works Well
Not all GIFs are great live wallpapers. When browsing GIPHY for cool GIFs, think about the size and shape of your iPhone screen and where the time and date widget is located. You do not want the clock to block the best part of the animation, or you want the animation cut off on both sides because the width of the screen is not large enough to show the whole thing.
There you can & # 39; If you want to zoom out on a GIF in the GIPHY app to judge the placement when you later create a live wallpaper, you will need to see the lock screen of that GIF. You can also just download a ton of GIFs and try them out separately later.
Keep in mind that GIFs work better in portrait orientation than square or landscape ones, as your iPhone's lock screen is only displayed in portrait orientation. Space and landscape images can zoom in too much and cut off too much of the action.
If you found a GIF that you want to test as a live wallpaper on your lock screen, tap the ellipsis icon (•• •) below the image through the sharing options to expand the list. Next, select the Live Photos icon (the circles within circles) and you'll see two options in the pop-up window:
- Save as live photo (full screen)
- Save as live photo (To Adjust Screen) 19659017] For live wallpapers, it is best to choose Full Screen. If you select Fit to Screen, GIPHY saves the image as a live photo with black bars at the top and bottom of the moving image, but only if the GIF value does not match that of the screen. It is likely that it is not the same ratio.
All of GIFs you have stored are in your Photos app in your main album "Camera Roll" and in the album "Live Photos". Although these began as GIFs, they were converted into live photos so they would not appear in the "Animated" album. You can add "loop" or "bounce" effects to the live photos, but you can not add them as wallpapers from the Photos app.
When you have the desired live photo open, tap the Share sheet icon. In the bottom row of options, choose "Use as wallpaper" and select it. Adjust the placement of the animation where it makes the most sense by dragging and pulling it, make sure "Live Photo" is selected, tap "Set," then tap "Lock Screen" , You can also use this for the background of your home screen, but it will not be animated with 3D Touch.
If you have some "loop" or "bounce" effects you can still use them as your live wallpaper, but you have to do it through the Settings app. Open it, choose "Background" and then "Choose a new wallpaper". From there, tap the album where the live photo is located, select the animated image and continue the wallpaper as above.
Step 5: Test your new live wallpaper
Put your iPhone to sleep. Raise to Wake "or wake up the side or home button to wake it up, once you're on your lock screen, press firmly on the background image and watch it like any other live photo, as you probably know I used a square and landscape GIF, two types I did not want to use, though they still work well, but portrait gifs will probably be better.
To you show how much better the portrait gifs work as live wallpapers, here are some examples I created for my lock screen:
If you add a "loop" or "bounce" effect, they will not bounce off or repeat indefinitely. You'll just take a quick look at the effect in action until Live Photo stops playing. Then you have to let go and press the screen again to see it again. As you can see below, these effects do not add much to this live wallpaper.
Hopefully, Apple will one day improve the live wallpapers. If you've ever experimented with Apple's live wallpapers, you'll notice that when you release the lock screen, it moves backwards to its original position. Having this ability to create a custom live background image would be great, but Apple could at least let "loop" and "bounce" effects work indefinitely while staying on screen.
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