iOS does allow you to download and view GIFs in the Photos app, however, it doesn’t add GIF support to the wallpaper settings. The same applies to videos.
Fortunately, GIFs and videos can be converted to Live Photo format easily and then you can set them as live wallpapers on your iPhone. There are apps for that. In this article, I will show you how to turn a favorite movie scene or an interesting GIF into the background for your lock screen using a free app.
Note that you can only make a video or GIF your wallpaper if your device is iPhone 6s or newer. Any device that doesn’t have 3D Touch will not be able to achieve this, including iPhone 5SE. As of now, supported devices are: 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X.
1. Install intoLive: The Live Photo converter for iOS
I’ve tried a couple of live wallpaper apps on the App Store and this one – intoLive left me satisfied. The app allows you to create impressive live wallpaper effortlessly using both videos and GIFs from the Photos app. It is free to download with in-app purchase.
2. Download your video or GIF
Make sure you already have videos and animated GIFs that you wish to convert from saved in the Camera Roll. GIFs can be downloaded easily through the Safari web browser like normal images. While for videos, you can use a downloader app like these to download your video directly to your Camera Roll.
intoLive also lets you transfer files from your computer to the app via Wi-Fi, iTunes file sharing, or you can import files from other apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.
To use these features, tap on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom left corner of the screen, then select one of the options. intoLive will show you the instructions to get videos and gif onto your iPhone. Once you’ve had your files ready, move on to the next step.
3. Turn your video and GIF into a Live Photo
Open intoLive, then load up the video or GIF of your choice. Not only can videos and gifs be used but you can also turn your photos and burst into Live Photo using this app as well.
The editor then allows you to edit canvas, background colors, add filters, adjust speed, rotate and flip video. You can even pinch to zoom in or zoom out the video/GIF. For the Key Photo, you can add text, sticker and apply a variety of effect such as Blur, Pixel, Dot…
The Key Photo will be the main background of your iPhone’s lock screen when you don’t press firmly on it using 3D Touch. So you should spend a little more time to make it look good.
Tap the Pause/Play button below the video to preview the video. Once you’re satisfied with the result, tap the “Make” button at the top right corner of the screen.
The free version limits the duration for live wallpapers to five seconds and no repeat. Before you save your Live Photos, tap on the Preview button to see how it looks as the wallpaper. If it’s good, tap “Save Live Photos”.
4. Set the Live Photo as your iPhone’s wallpaper
You can find the Live Photo you’ve saved in the Photos app inside your main “Camera Roll” album or the “Live Photos” album. Now you can set it as your wallpaper in the Wallpaper settings like a normal photo.
You can drag to move the image, or pinch to zoom in and out, so the animation fits the screen and makes the most sense. Make sure “Live Photo” is selected when you adjust the wallpaper. When it looks just right, tap “Set”, then tap “Set Lock Screen”.
Keep in mind that live wallpapers can only be animated when you perform 3D Touch on the lock screen. If you set it as your home screen wallpaper, it will not animate but display only the static key photo.
So you’ve set your new live wallpaper, let’s test it out! When you wake your iPhone, the lock screen will show up with the still background image. Now just press and hold firmly on it, the wallpaper will animate. Here is an example I created for my lock screen: