Black screen showing as wallpaper instead of photo on iPhone? Try this fix

Some iPhone users have reported that instead of the wallpaper image they have selected, their wallpaper appears as a black screen on the Lock Screen or Home Screen. Luckily, there is a simple workaround to the issue. Simply follow the steps outlined below.

Black screen showing as wallpaper instead of photo on iPhone? Try this fix

Here’s how to fix the issue of a black screen showing as wallpaper instead of a photo on iPhone

When choosing a wallpaper image from the Photos app or setting one using the Photos app action/sharing menu, the black screen wallpaper problem appears to occur the most frequently. To get around this, use the Settings app rather than the Photos app directly to set the wallpaper.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Go to Wallpaper. Black screen showing as wallpaper instead of photo on iPhone Try this fix
  3. Tap on +Add New Wallpaper > Photos and select the image you want to use as your wallpaper. Black screen showing as wallpaper instead of photo on iPhone Try this fix

Although the reason the wallpaper appears as a black screen rather than the chosen image is not clear, the issue has been extensively reported and discussed on the Apple support forums for some time. It appears to occur frequently on devices running iCloud Photos during testing, but not always on those same devices, which makes it somewhat unexpected. Hopefully, Apple address the issue and release a fix in a future update.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to fix the issue of a black screen showing as wallpaper instead of a photo on your iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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