How to make your iPhone wallpaper a rotating gallery of good vibes

With the iOS 16 lock screen customization overhaul, Apple introduced a feature that lets you choose a blended set of images for the background. I was recently reminded of this feature thanks to a tweet from @cabeland used it to turn my lock screen into a rotating gallery of beautiful nature images.

Here’s how you can do it too, and how you can use the Photo Shuffle feature to turn your phone into a slideshow of friends, family, pets, or places you’ve visited.

From there, you’ll be shown an options screen that lets you choose which photos you want to shuffle. There are many options here; if you select People as one of the smart categories you want to scroll through, you’ll be able to choose which person or people you want to greet you when you pick up the phone.

You can also choose how often it will change, with random frequency options ranging from every time you tap the lock screen to every hour or every day.

Once you’ve set the wallpaper the way you want, tap the Use close-up photos button to create it. From there, you can customize your lock screen as usual, setting up widgets, filters, and the clock just the way you like it. You can also decide whether to use shuffle photos as your home screen wallpaper.

There’s also the option to create a slideshow that avoids images algorithmically selected by Apple, which you can do by tapping Select Photos manually instead of Use close-up photos. This will bring up a photo picker, where you can choose which images you want to include. If you have an album of your favorite curated photos, this option may be the way to go.

Screenshots of iOS lock screen selector and customizable lock screen with random frequency menu displayed.

Once you’ve created your Photo Shuffle wallpaper, you can change features like which categories it includes and how often your photo changes.

Now that you’ve set the collection as your wallpaper, you can do things like set it as wallpaper for a particular Focus mode or switch to it from the lock screen. I hope you like serenity as much as I do.

Screenshot of three iPhone lock screens, one showing a mountain field, one showing a lake, and one showing a stream.

Here’s one last pro tip: If your phone chooses a photo that you don’t want to appear on the lock screen, hold down on the photo, tap the customize button, then touch the lock screen again. You may have to scroll through the list of images to find the one you want to get rid of, but when you do, hit the button in the lower right corner. There should be a Don’t show photos button in the options list.

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