iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – How to Customize Your Lock Screen Wallpaper Image

Having a personalized lock screen wallpaper can make your iPhone feel more unique and allow you to express your style. As someone who has used an iPhone 8 Plus for over a year, I want to share my experience and expertise on customizing the lock screen wallpaper.

Overview of Lock Screen Customization Options

With iOS 16 or later installed on your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, you have many options to make the lock screen your own:

  • Choose from a wide selection of default wallpapers in categories like Weather, Astronomy, Pride, and more
  • Use one of your own photos
  • Enable a photo shuffle option to automatically rotate through your photos
  • Apply color filters and depth effects to wallpaper photos
  • Customize widgets like date, time, weather, calendar, etc.
  • Create multiple customized lock screens and easily swap between them

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Wallpaper

Changing your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus lock screen wallpaper is simple:

Access Wallpaper Settings

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap “Wallpaper”

Choose New Wallpaper

  1. Tap “Choose a New Wallpaper”
  2. Select source (default collections, photo shuffle, camera roll, etc.)
  3. Choose an individual image
  4. Tap “Set”

You’ll then have the option to set the wallpaper for your lock screen, home screen, or both.

Tips for Customizing Default Wallpapers

If you choose one of the default wallpaper collections, like Weather or Astronomy, you can customize it further:

  • Reposition/zoom the image
  • Apply color filters
  • Adjust depth effects like studio lighting or contour fog
  • Personalize with text or stickers

Play around with the editing tools – they allow for tons of personalization!

Tips for Using Your Own Photos

To really make your iPhone lock screen feel unique, use one of your own photos!

  • The photo shuffle option cycles through your images automatically
  • You can reposition/zoom the photo on the lock screen
  • Apply different color filters or mono effects
  • Use portrait mode photos for a professional background

Pro tip: Use an app like Shortcuts to automatically rotate your lock screen daily or weekly with new photos.

Widget Customization

The lock screen widgets like date, time, weather, etc. are also customizable:

  • Change font style and color to match wallpaper
  • Replace widgets with more useful information
  • Add calendar events, headlines, battery level, Activity rings, and more

Matching the font style and color to your wallpaper makes your lock screen feel cohesive.


With all the customization now possible on iPhone lock screens, you can really make your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus feel unique and reflect your personal style. Use your own photos, customize default wallpapers heavily, and arrange widgets that are most useful to you. The possibilities are endless, so have fun making the lock screen your own! Let me know if you have any other questions.