How to delete wallpaper on iPhone in iOS 17

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How to delete wallpaper on iPhone

Key takeaways

  • To delete a wallpaper on your iPhone, unlock your device > Tap and hold the Lock Screen > Swipe up on a wallpaper > Select the red trash icon.
  • If you want to preserve your existing lock screen widget layout and font customizations, you can choose to change the Lock Screen wallpaper on your iPhone instead of deleting it.
  • To change a wallpaper, unlock your iPhone > Tap and hold the Lock Screen > Customize > Tap the Photo Library icon > Select a new wallpaper.

With newer versions of iOS, Apple offers many personalization options for the Home Screen and Lock Screen. You can make your display unique with depth-effect wallpapers, widgets, customizable fonts and filters, and more. While this customization is great, it makes deleting wallpapers a bit unconventional compared to older iOS versions.

Whether you want to remove wallpapers you no longer use or simply organize your wallpaper collection, this guide will show you how to delete wallpapers on your iPhone. Apart from that, you’ll also learn how to replace your Lock Screen wallpaper while preserving the existing widget layout and font customizations.

How to delete iPhone wallpaper from Lock Screen

If you have an iPhone running iOS 16 or later, you won’t find the option to delete wallpapers that easily. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Unlock your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ → To access the Lock Screen, swipe down from the left side of your display.
  2. Tap and hold an empty area on the Lock Screen to open the wallpaper gallery.
  3. Swipe left or right to find the wallpaper you want to delete.
  4. Once you find a wallpaper you want to delete, swipe up on it.
  5. Tap the red bin icon Then, select Delete This Wallpaper to confirm your choice.

    Select the wallpaper you want to delete, swipe up, select the red Bin icon and tap Delete This Wallpaper on your iPhone Lock Screen

The above method can help you delete individual wallpapers from the Lock Screen. But what if you need to remove just one image from a Photo Shuffle album you are using?

How to remove wallpaper from Photo Shuffle Album on iPhone

In that case, instead of entirely deleting the Photo Shuffle wallpaper, you can opt to delete specific pictures from it. Let me show you how.

Note: This method will only work for you if you’ve selected the Photo Shuffle pictures manually.

  1. Tap and hold an empty area of your Lock Screen to open the wallpaper gallery.
  2. Swipe left or right to find the phone shuffle album you want to modify.
    • On top of normal individual wallpapers, you will see PHOTO. On top of an album of wallpapers, you will see PHOTO SHUFFLE written on top.
  3. Tap Customize under your Photo Shuffle wallpaper Then enter the Lock Screen window.

    Swipe left or right to find the phone shuffle album, select Customize and select the Lock Screen on your iPhone
  4. From the bottom left of your screen, select the Photo Shuffle icon (6 boxes).
  5. Tap Select at the bottom right Then, choose the photo(s) you wish to delete.
  6. Once you have selected the photo(s) you want to delete, tap the Bin icon at the bottom left.
  7. Select Done at the top right to save changes and go back to your wallpaper gallery.

    Select the Photo Shuffle icon, tap Select, choose the wallpaper you want to delete, select the Bin icon and tap Done

How to change wallpaper on iPhone

Instead of deleting a wallpaper, you can also change or replace the Home Screen and Lock Screen wallpapers. This way, you can easily remove the old wallpaper while still preserving your existing Lock Screen customizations and widget layout.

There are two ways to replace iPhone wallpapers: from the Lock Screen or using the Settings app. The steps for both are mentioned below.

Change wallpaper from Lock Screen

The quickest way you can change wallpapers in iOS is from the Lock Screen. Here’s how it works:

  1. Tap and hold an empty area of your Lock Screen to access the wallpaper gallery.
  2. Swipe either left or right to find the wallpaper you want to replace.
  3. Once you find a wallpaper you would like to replace, tap Customize.
  4. Based on where you want to see the change, pick Lock Screen or Home Screen.

    Select the Wallpaper of your choice, tap Customize and select Lock Screen Mockup
  5. Now, tap the Photo Library icon from the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    If you’re changing the Home Screen wallpaper, tap the Photo option.
  6. Select a wallpaper you like and crop it as needed Then, tap Done.
    You may swipe left or right to apply color filters to the new wallpaper.

    Tap the Photo Library icon, select a wallpaper of your choice, crop it or select the filters and Tap Done to replace the wallpaper for your iPhone Lock Screen

Change wallpaper using the Settings app

Several iPhone users still aren’t accustomed to changing wallpapers directly from the Lock Screen. If you’re one such user, don’t worry! You can do it from the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app Go to Wallpaper.
    Swipe left or right to arrive at the wallpaper combination you wish to modify.
  2. Based on your preference, tap the Lock Screen or Home Screen window you want to replace.

    Go to Wallpaper and select lock screen or home screen layout
  3. Now, tap the Photo Library icon from the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    If you’re changing the Home Screen wallpaper, tap the Photo option.
  4. Select a wallpaper you like and crop it as needed Then, tap Done.
    You may swipe left or right to apply color filters to the new wallpaper.

    Tap the Photo Library icon, select a wallpaper of your choice, crop it or select the filters and Tap Done to replace the wallpaper using Settings app on your iPhone

This way, you have changed the wallpaper of your iPhone.

Wrapping up…

Although the method of deleting or replacing wallpaper on iPhone has changed with iOS 16, the process isn’t that intuitive. However, with the steps outlined above, you can quickly remove unwanted wallpapers on your iPhone.

Do you have any other questions about managing wallpapers or personalizing your iPhone? Share them in the comments!

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By Ayush Staff Writer
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