How to put a video as your phone's wallpaper

A hidden delight in the S10 Plus lets you set up a video as your phone's wallpaper.

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Placing a background for your phone's screen is one of the best ways to personalize and differentiate it from all others. Normally, when you choose a wallpaper, you can select from several predetermined images that come with your phone or search the reel of your camera for one of your own photos to give it that personal touch.

But the video wallpaper takes personalization one step further, as it allows you to relive a key moment in all its glorious action. A video wallpaper not only looks impressive, but also does not become as boring as a simple aesthetic photo.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video on the home screen of your phone is worth at least a million. Here, we tell you how to set it up on almost any phone.

Why settle for a photo when you can have a moving wallpaper?

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Before you start, can your phone do this?

Both Android phones and iPhone are compatible with video wallpaper, but there are different ways to make this work, depending on the specific model you have. Some phones, such as Galaxy S10, have built-in support to make a video wallpaper. Other Android phones, such as Google Pixel 3, require a third party application to achieve it.

If you have an iPhone, the video wallpaper is basically a long-format version of a Live Photo (photo in motion), and only works with iPhones that use 3D Touch. You will still have to press the screen, but instead of playing a three-second clip, you get something a little longer.

Samsung phones have built-in video wallpaper

one. Open the Galera app and choose the video of your choice.

two.Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

3. Then click onSet as wallpaper (Choose background).

Four. Then click on the buttonEdit (Edit) to cut your video within 15 seconds.

5. Finally click onSet as wallpaper.

Video wallpaper on the Pixel 3, OnePlus 7 Pro and others

one. See the Google Play store and download the Naing Group Video Live Wallpaper app.

two. Once you install and open the application, you will see a screen that shows all the settings for your video wallpaper.

3. Click on the box with the camera icon and choose the video you want to convert into your wallpaper.

Four.Click onScale fit (Scale) so you can edit it in size.

5.Once you have completed this process, you can exit the app and your video will automatically become your moving wallpaper.

Those phones that do not have the built-in function can use the Video Live Wallpaper app, which is downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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iPhone: like Live Photos, but longer

You can make the video wallpapers on your iPhone play longer, but unfortunately, iOS is not compatible with real video playback for the wallpaper.

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Setting up an ordinary video as wallpaper on an iPhone does not work, because iOS does not support it.

But there is a trick that converts longer videos (longer than 3 seconds) into a live wallpaper. Unfortunately, this trick only works on iPhones with 3D Touch, that is, the iPhone 6S and the newer models, except the iPhone XR. The first thing you should do is use a third-party application that can convert regular videos into live photos.

one. Download PicPlayPost from the App Store.

two. After installing the app, click it and click onNew project (New project).

3.Touch Create a Movie or Sideshow, and then choose Vertical 9:16 ratio.

Four.Click on Full screen (Full screen) and choose your video.

5. Customize your video by adding music, special effects or stickers.

6.Choose your video, and click onSave & share (Save and share).

7.Click on Live Photo / Wallpaper and then go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

8.Go down to where it says Wallpaper (Wallpaper).

9. Choose Choose a New Wallpaperand tap on your new video.

10.Finally click onLive wallpaperand press ok. Ready!

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With the collaboration of Jessica Dolcourt.