Live Wallpaper Not Working on iPhone: Here’s 5 Fixes

Last Updated on Jun 19, 2021

Learn here how to fix Live wallpaper not working on iPhone running on the latest iOS. Apple’s new 3D touch iPhone 11 Pro Max, XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, & iPhone 6S Plus comes with worth features, one of is a live photo, and they allow set as a live wallpaper. So this built-in feature is attracting more users. But, you can also use live wallpaper apps for your iPhone. The Animated/ Live wallpaper gives a great experience; in more, it is the best option for those folks who don’t like to set the static wallpaper.

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Are you a Big Fan of Animation pictures or Dynamic Wallpaper, Apple Introduced Dynamic Wallpaper on Desktop on macOS? To set live wallpaper is very easy. However, many users are reporting their problem as live wallpaper won’t work on the iPhone. It might be due to a particular software glitch.

The live wallpapers are not “animated” by themselves; you have to push a bit with the 3D touch to see them moving on the iPhone screen. Notwithstanding, you are not satisfied, then refer to the following instructions carefully to resolve the animated wallpaper not working.

What do I do if my live Wallpaper doesn’t work on Apple iPhone?

NoteUnfortunately, the Apple iPhone XR and small-size iPhone SE 2016 don’t support live wallpapers. Because it doesn’t come with the 3D Touch support, suppose you select a live picture for your Wallpaper on Apple iPhone SE or iPhone XR. Your Phone shows on the lock screen as a still wallpaper.

The single-line solution for all and it’s a “Press on the Screen to see the wallpaper animate.”

Solution 1: Try to Change Live Wallpaper

It would help if you tried once to remove the animated Wallpaper and set still Wallpaper; after that, try again to Set a vibrant background. In most cases, this fix works well.

Get more here on how to change the Wallpaper on the latest iOS after trying it. However, animated Wallpaper showing you the same issue, then you should go with the following troubleshooting.

Solution 2: Make Sure Low Power Mode turned Off

First of all, make sure the Low Power mode toggle is turned off. In case you have Low Power Mode-enabled iPhone, then temporarily stops certain features on your Apple iPhone. Affected parts including dynamic Wallpaper (live background, animated Wallpaper) and Perspective Zoom switched off, email fetchbackground app refreshautomatic downloads, and some visual effects are reduced or turned off. You can read more about low power mode from here.

Steps to check Low Power mode on/Off

  • Step 1. Go to Settings.
  • Step 2. Tap on Battery.
  • Step 3. Check now the toggle of Low Power Mode on/off.

So whenever the animated background does not work due to low power mode ON, I hope the above fix would help you.

Note: Please turn toggle next to the Low Power mode off/ White. I mean, your iPhone top status bar battery icon must green, not yellow.

In iOS 11 or later, you can add Low power mode to the Control Center. This approach will give you a shortcut to operate LPM on your iPhone quickly. An ideal and time-saving feature of iOS.

Solution 3: Make Sure that your iPhone 3D touch is enabled

Get here more to Adjust 3D touch sensitivity on the iPhone.

The Live Wallpaper is just a pleasure even though it eats more battery than the static Wallpaper.

Solution 4: Make sure that Reduce Motion is disabled

Live wallpaper does work on motion feature and actively reduces motion’s roll to kill the all animation activity of Phone and, in other words, that carry it to the zero levels. Therefore, your Phone runs with enabled Reduce Motion, and then Live Wallpaper does not work on your Apple iPhone lock screen. So kindly follow the bottom steps and make sure Reduce Motion toggle Off/White.

  1. Go to Settings App
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap on Motion
  4. Next, check to Reduce Motion toggle Off/white.

If none of the above solutions worked in your case, please follow the next and last clue.

Solution 5: Restart Your iPhone to Fix Live Wallpaper not working iPhone

Restart your Phone will help you fix some tiny glitches and unresponsiveness screen behavior that is a booster dose for live Wallpaper, not working issues. Get here how to restart your Phone.

Why doesn’t my Live Wallpaper work on iPhone 11

Facing trouble while setting Live Wallpaper on iPhone 11 or Live Wallpaper doesn’t work on iPhone 11, there can be several reasons why the live Wallpaper is not working on the home screen iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro. To address them, we’ve already defined potential workarounds in the above section, refer to those, and bring the live Wallpaper back into action.

Why doesn’t my Live Wallpaper work on iPhone XR

Unfortunately, Live Wallpaper doesn’t work with the iPhone XR, and there is no official support for the Live Wallpapers on the iPhone XR is given by Apple. The reason behind the incompatibility of Live Wallpapers on iPhone XR is, the iPhone XR lacks the 3D Touch functionality. For your information, the Live Wallpapers works with iPhone 6S or later, except iPhone SE and iPhone XR, which is quite shocking for the buyers.

How to Get Live Wallpapers on iPhone XR

As I said, the Live Wallpaper needs the 3D Touch, which, unluckily, your iPhone XR doesn’t have. So there is no possible way to get the live wallpapers on iPhone XR. Alternatively, if you would like to have Dynamic Wallpapers on iPhone XR, here’s how to get it.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone XR.
  2. Tap Wallpapers.
  3. Hit Choose a New Wallpaper
  4. Tap Dynamic.
  5. Choose from available dynamic wallpapers.
  6. Tap Set.

Bottom Line

Point to be noted that Live Wallpapers do not move on your iPhone Home screen (Apps icon display), but on the Lock Screen only (Date and time display).

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