How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?

You can personalise your device by setting your own wallpaper. Your device includes a selection of wallpapers to choose from, or you can use one of the photos or videos you've taken or downloaded. On some devices you can even choose to set a wallpaper that changes each time you use your device.

Please note: If you would like to use a wallpaper or image from the internet, you will first need to download it onto your device. You can usually do this by pressing and holding the image until you get a pop-up with the option Save Photo or Save Image. The image will then be saved in the Downloads folder in the Gallery.

Set a new wallpaper from the home screen

Please note: The steps described below explain how to set your wallpaper if your device is running Android 10. If your device is running a previous version of Android, the steps may be different.

1 Tap and hold any empty space on the home screen.
Tap and hold any empty space on the home screen
2 Tap "Wallpapers".
Tap Wallpapers
3 Tap "My wallpapers" or "Gallery". You can also tap "Explore more wallpapers" to choose from a wider selection of wallpapers. For further assistance, read the section below "Download a new wallpaper".
Select My wallpaper, Gallery or Explore more wallpapers

If you have selected "My wallpapers", tap your preferred wallpaper. If you have selected "Gallery", tap the image(s) or video(s) that you would like to set as your wallpaper, then tap "Done".

Select image to set as wallpaper
4 Choose whether you want to set the image as the wallpaper for your "Home screen", "Lock screen" or both your "Home and lock screen".

Please note: If you have selected more than one image, you will only have the option to select "Set on Lock screen".

Choose to set image as Home Screen, Lock Screen or both
5 You will now be shown a preview of your wallpaper which you can adjust before saving. Pinch in and out to zoom or drag the image around to change its position.

Please note: You cannot change the position of downloaded wallpapers.

Preview of home screen
6 Tap "Set on Home screen" or "Set on Lock screen" or "Set on Home and Lock screens" to save new wallpaper.
Set a new wallpaper from the Gallery
1 Open the Gallery app.
2 Select the image or video you would like to set as the wallpaper. If you choose to set a video as your wallpaper, up to 15 seconds of the video will play as your background.
3 Tap the More options icon.
Tap the More options icon
4 Tap "Set as wallpaper".
Tap Set as wallpaper
5 Choose whether you want to set the image as the wallpaper for your "Home screen", "Lock screen" or both your "Home and lock screen".
Choose to set image as Home Screen, Lock Screen or both
6 You will now be shown an example of how it will look. You can now adjust the wallpaper. Pinch in and out to zoom or drag the image around to change its position.
Preview of home screen
7 Tap "Set on Home screen" or "Set on Lock screen" or "Set on Home and Lock screens" to save new wallpaper.
Download a new wallpaper

Please note: The steps described below explain how to set your wallpaper if your device is running Android 10. If your device is running a previous version of Android, the steps may be different.

1 Tap and hold any empty space on the home screen.
Tap and hold any empty space on the home screen
2 Tap "Wallpapers".
Tap Wallpapers
3 Tap "Explore more wallpapers".
Select My wallpaper, Gallery or Explore more wallpapers
4 Tap "Wallpapers" at the bottom of the screen, then choose your favourite image. You can click "Top" to see popular images or search for an image by tapping the Search icon at the top right of the screen, then search for a word or browse by colour palette or category.
Search for a new wallpaper to download
5 Once you have found an image you like, tap the image to select, then tap "Download".
Option to download a new wallpaper is displayed
6 When the wallpaper has downloaded, you can tap "Apply" to automatically apply your chosen wallpaper or tap the back arrow to browse and download more wallpapers. Your downloaded wallpapers will be saved in the "My wallpapers" folder.
Activate Dynamic Lock screen

You can set your wallpaper to change each time to a new image by activating the dynamic lock screen.

Please note: Dynamic lock screen is not available on older versions of Android.

1 From the wallpaper menu, tap "Wallpaper services".
Tap Wallpaper services
2 Tap "Dynamic Lock screen", then tap "Apply".
Dynamic Lock screen option is activated
3 Tap the Settings icon, then tap "Select category".

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