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How to turn GIFs into a wallpaper for your Apple Watch



While searching for new and interesting wallpapers for my Apple Watch, I came across a Reddit post that featured Apple Watch wallpapers created from a GIF – and I just had to create some of my own. Especially because a) Apple's standard time-lapse wallpapers felt a bit boring and b) Live photos taken with my phone are not as interesting as some of the glitches you can find online.

The process is very simple: you are essentially converting a GIF to a live photo. Only a few steps are required to get the unit up and running properly. But bear it with me. I promise it's worth it.

  • Open the Apple Store and download an app that lets you turn GIFs into live photos. You can use a popular app like Giphy, which not only has many GIFs available, but also a built-in option to save the GIFs as live photos. Of course you can also use your favorite GIF app.
  • Find a GIF or live photo that you want to use as an Apple Watch wallpaper, and save it in your photo app.
  • If you saved the photo, go to your photo library and select your newly saved live photo, then click "Edit" in the top right corner.
  • Make the last image of the live photo your key photo.

  Watch GIF Wallpaper

Select your saved photo and click Edit.


  Creating a GIF Background Image for Your Watch

Make the last image your most important photo.

  • Access the Watch app on your iPhone To create a new watch face based on a photo.
  • Select the second tab, named Face Gallery, and scroll down until you reach the Photos section. Under "Content," select "Photos." That way you can choose a specific photo instead of an entire album. Select your desired live photo there.
  • Last, add the watch dial to your watch and test it.

  New Dial

Use the Watch app to create a new dial.


  Photo-dial.

Add your photo to the dial. This probably means that the animation is too long. In that case, you can easily crop it with your favorite editing app.

Also, note that some GIFs work better than the others. For example, when I played with it, I found that live photos with 42 frames and GIFs with a lot more movement, like fireworks or lightning, worked better for me all.

And that was it's. Have fun!

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