How to set video as wallpaper on iPhone lock screen

Let’s say you are curious to see your friend holding an Android with a video wallpaper on the screen. The only problem is, you have an iPhone and it doesn’t allow you to set videos as lock screen wallpapers, natively. However, there are smart solutions. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set a video as the wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen. Let’s start.

What is the problem

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

So, if you want to set a short video as the wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen, you will have to convert the video to a Live Photo first and then set it as the wallpaper. With this crucial information, I have found some applications that allow you to easily convert a video clip to a live photo.

1. intoLive- Convert video to live wallpaper

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

You can create a Live Photo from a five-second long video or trim a longer video to fit the time frame. intoLive can increase the time from five to 30 seconds with a one-time in-app purchase. The pro version includes additional features such as creating a slide show with 30 images, additional filters, and no ads.


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


  • Live Photo clip duration limited to 5 seconds (30 seconds for professional users)

one. Start by installing the intoLive app on your iPhone from the App Store. Open the application and grant access to the video you want to turn into a Live Photo. After that, select that video to move on to the editor.

Grant access to in-app videos

two. You can adjust the duration of the clip, change the background, key photo, filter, speed, size, trimming, etc. After making all the changes, tap Manufacture in the upper right corner.

basic editing tools in the intoLive app

3. That would process and convert your video, which may take a few minutes. Once done, touch Save Live Photo in the background.

save Live Photo

Four. Open the Photos app and tap on the Live Photo we just saved. It should show a live icon in the upper left, as shown in the image below. Tap on the Share button In the bottom left. Please select Use as wallpaper.

Touch Use as wallpaper on the sharing sheet

5. Make sure Live Photo is on, tap Placeand select Set lock screen.

set Live Photo on lock screen

6. Your video is set on the lock screen as a live wallpaper. Touch 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 to set as wallpaper on the iPhone, it can only generate a 5 second long clip. Even after upgrading to the Pro version, the limit increases to just 30 seconds. If you have a video clip longer than that and you want to create a video wallpaper from that, VideoToLive is an option. VideoToLive does not have any sophisticated editing tools built in. It has basic tools like crop, rotate, flip, and some filters. It’s simple and creates a Live Photo from the entire clip, regardless of the length of the video. However, using Live Photo that large is a hardware strain and takes a bit to render the video.


  • Possibility to create video wallpapers of more than 30 seconds
  • Shows how the video would look on the lock screen.


  • There is no option to create live wallpapers with images

one. Start by installing the VideoToLive App from the App Store. Open the application and grant access to the video you want to convert to Live Photos. Select the video from the list and tap Turn into.

select a video in the VideotoLive app

two. Similar to intoLive, you can make some adjustments like rotating and flipping the video. The best part about this app is that it gives you a live preview of what the video would look like as a wallpaper on your lock screen.

make adjustments to live video

3. You can also change the aspect ratio of the video to better fit the lock screen. After making settings, touch Convert now.

convert video to live photo now

Four. While testing, I chose a 45 second video and turned it into Live Photo. The application did not crop or trim the file and the Live Photo still lasted 45 seconds. You will find the newly saved Live Photo in the Photos app. Select Live Photo and touch Share In the bottom left.

tap the share button in the Photos app

5. Tap Use as wallpaper. Make sure Live Photo is turned on and tap Place button at the bottom right.

tap use as wallpaper from Share sheet

6. Please select Set lock screen and that is. It may take a while for your iPhone to process such a large file, but once done, your video will be set as your lock screen background.

set video as wallpaper on lock screen

Due to file size restrictions, I was unable to upload a full 45 second clip, but I can assure you that the video played in its entirety on the lock screen.

videotolive- lock screen video wallpaper

How to set video as wallpaper on iPhone

These were two methods of setting any video as the wallpaper on the iPhone lock screen. Since the iPhone doesn’t allow you to put any files on the lock screen, developers have to get creative and find ways that are unconventional. While intoLive is a well-built app with tons of unique features, I like VideoToLive the best. It does not limit the size of the clip that can be set as wallpaper and can create live wallpapers without artificial limits. What do you think? What application would you use to set a video as the wallpaper on your iPhone? Let me know on Twitter.

Also Read: 10 Best Live Wallpaper Apps For iPhone

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