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How to set a video as your wallpaper on your phone screen

Take your Android phone or iPhone’s lock screen to the next level.


By: Bryce Ashford, OAK4 Hidden Genius Alum and CNET Editorial and Reviews Intern at CBS Interactive
Date: Friday, July 26, 2019

Making a wallpaper for your phone screen is one of the best ways to customize it and set it apart from everyone else’s phone. Normally when you choose a wallpaper, you might select one of the default images that came with your phone, or search your camera gallery for one of your own photos to really add that personal touch.

But video wallpaper takes customization a step further by letting you relive a key moment in all its glorious motion. Video wallpaper not only looks stunning, but it doesn’t get as tiresome as fast as a simple static photo.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video on your phone’s home screen is worth at least a million. Here’s how to set it up on almost any phone.

Before we get started, can your phone do this?

Both Android phones and iPhones ($1,000 at Amazon) support video wallpaper, but there are different ways to get them working depending on the specific model you have. Some phones, such as the Galaxy S10, have built-in support for video wallpaper. Other Android phones, such as the Google Pixel 3($602 at Walmart), require a third-party app to get a moving image on your screen.

If you’re using an iPhone, video wallpaper is basically a long-form version of a live photo, and only works with iPhones that use 3D Touch. You still have to press and hold on the screen, but instead of a three-second clip playing, you get something longer.

Samsung phones have video wallpapers built in

1. Open your Gallery app and select the video of your choice.

2. Next, click the three vertical dots in the top right corner.

3. Then, click Set as wallpaper.

4. Next click the Edit button to trim your video to under 15 seconds.

5. Finally, click Set as wallpaper.

Read the full tutorial from Bryce HERE.

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