How to Create and Use Photo Shuffle for iPhone Lock Screen on iOS 16

iOS 16 brings a ton of new features over the last version with a focus on how your iPhone looks and feels. One of the elements that gets a makeover is the lock screen which has been redesigned from top to bottom. You can change the clock style, font, focus your wallpaper subject, add widgets, apply new wallpapers from Apple’s gallery, and more.

Among these changes is a Photo Shuffle option which allows you to apply chosen images from your library as your wallpaper so that they shuffle throughout the day according to the interval you have. selected. In this article, we will explain what Photo Shuffle is and how to create and use it in iOS 16.

What is Photo Shuffle in iOS 16?

Photo Shuffle on iOS 16 allows users to create a playlist of wallpapers that they can apply to their lock screen as well as the home screen. Users can choose a bunch of images from their library which iOS will shuffle at different intervals of their choice. You can either set a specific interval after which iOS applies a new wallpaper, or customize Photo Shuffle to set a new background every time you wake your iPhone from sleep or every time you press your lock screen .

You can do all of this without losing the other features that the new lock screen on iOS 16 has to offer. You can enable/disable depth effect and perspective zoom, apply different colors and styles of clock and widgets anytime without hassle.

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How to Create Photo Shuffle for Your Lock Screen on an iPhone

There are two ways to create a Photo Shuffle on iOS 16; you can do this directly from your lock screen or by using the Settings app. We will explain these two methods and the steps involved below.

Method #1: from the lock screen

To create a Photo Shuffle, unlock your iPhone without leaving the lock screen.

After unlocking the device, tap and hold anywhere on the lock screen until it zooms out.

Then, with the lock screen displayed, tap the + icon in the lower right corner.

From the “Add New Wallpaper” overflow menu that appears, select Shuffle photos at the top.

You can now see your photo library appear on the screen. Here, tap the photos you want to add to the shuffle.

After selecting the images, press To add in the upper right corner.

iOS will now preview one of the images on your screen. You can tap anywhere on this screen to scroll through selected photos.

By default, you will see a wallpaper in its natural colors. You can change any wallpaper to appear monotonous by swiping left on this screen.

The black and white version of the photo will look like this.

Once you’ve made all the changes to your Photo shuffle, tap Do in the upper right corner to apply them.

You should see one of your selected images applied to your lock screen.

Depending on how you set them up, the phone will switch between selected images after a specific period of time.

Method #2: From the Settings app

You can also apply Photo Shuffle from iOS Settings in case you find method #1 inconvenient. To apply Photo Shuffle to your lock screen, open the Settings app on iOS.

In Settings, select Wallpaper.

On the next screen, tap Add new wallpaper.

From the “Add New Wallpaper” overflow menu that appears, select Shuffle photos at the top.

You can now see your photo library appear on the screen. Here, tap the photos you want to add to the shuffle.

After selecting the images, press To add in the upper right corner.

iOS will now preview one of the images on your screen. You can tap anywhere on this screen to scroll through selected photos.

By default, you will see a wallpaper in its natural colors. You can change any wallpaper to appear monotonous by swiping left on this screen.

The black and white version of the photo will look like this.


Once you’ve made all the changes to your Photo shuffle, tap Do in the upper right corner to apply them.

How to Edit a Photo Shuffle on iOS 16

iOS not only lets you apply images from your library as your lock screen and home screen wallpaper, but you can customize it to change it to a specific interval, add depth effect, perspective zoom and modify other aspects. You can make these changes when applying a Photo Shuffle for the first time, but in case you haven’t, you can customize them later right from your lock screen.

To edit a Photo Shuffle on iOS 16, unlock your iPhone without leaving the lock screen, then press and hold anywhere on it.

When the lock screen is zoomed out, tap Personalize basically.

You can tap the screen to change the current wallpaper. To change the Photo Shuffle frequency, tap the 3 dot icon in the lower right corner.

From the overflow menu that appears, select Random frequency.

You can choose from the following options depending on how often you want the images to be mixed:

  • Daily – iOS will change the lock screen image every day, 24 hours after the last change.
  • Hourly – iOS will change the background once per hour.
  • Wake – A new background will be applied each time you wake up your iPhone screen.
  • On tap – You can apply a new background by tapping on your lock screen.

Besides how often you can change the background, you can turn on/off the multi-layered photo effect depending on whether or not you want iOS to dynamically display the subjects of your photos in front of the digital clock to make them stand out. You can turn this feature on or off in the Personalize screen by tapping the 3 dot icon and selecting Activate/deactivate depth effect.

You can also choose to apply Zoom in perspective from the same overflow menu depending on whether or not you want the wallpaper to move depending on how you hold your iPhone.

If you want to add more photos to the current Photo Shuffle, tap the grid icon in the lower left corner when customizing your lock screen.

On the screen that appears, tap Add pictures and select the images you want to add to the current random batch.

As with any other wallpaper on iOS 16, you can change the style of the clock by tapping on the clock and adding widgets to the screen.

Once you have made all these changes, press Do in the upper right corner to apply them.

You can continue to use your iPhone and iOS will edit your Photo Shuffle at the chosen time.

That’s all there is to know about Photo Shuffle on iOS 16.

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Jack C. Nugent