Your lock screen and even your home screen let anyone looking at your phone or tablet know a few things about you. These two screens give clues away about your personality, style. You’ll quickly see that I really like Crypt of the Necrodancer. I haven’t changed my wallpaper in months, but if you want, there are more than enough out there to suit anyone’s tastes.
Changing your wallpaper is easy on any Android device, but if you’re running Touchwiz, like on pretty much every Samsung device, it’s even easier. I’ll show you how to change both your wallpaper and lock screen on Touchwiz, and then other Android devices without a single download needed.
If you aren’t running Touchwiz, feel free to skip the first method, since it won’t apply to your device.
Method 1: Use Your Settings (Touchwiz)
Since I’m true to my word, let’s start with Touchwiz first. This is the stock interface you’ll have on most Samsung devices, so if you’re running a recent Samsung phone without any changes; this is what you’re running.
If you’re not sure you’re running Touchwiz, or know you aren’t running it; skip to Method 2 to learn how to change your wallpaper.
Once your device is up and running, unlock it and go straight for the app drawer so you can get to your Settings. If you have a different, or faster way to get to your Settings, that will work the same way.
Since you’re on Touchwiz (and if you aren’t Touchwiz, why are you reading this?), go to the Device section of your Settings, and then scroll all the way down to Personalization. Once you’re there, tap the Wallpaper option.
From here, you can select a wallpaper for both your home screen and lock screen at the same time, or individually.
After you’ve picked the appropriate wallpaper down below, you can hit the button to set it, and then you’re done. Enjoy your new wallpaper!
Method 2: Using Your Settings (Stock Android)
Unlike with Touchwiz, in stock Android you can only set the wallpaper for your home screen. In turn, this also makes your lock screen the same picture if your lock screen doesn’t already have a set one.
You can change your lock screen wallpaper individually with other means, but we’ll get to that later.
This part is the same no matter what Android phone or tablet you’re using. First things first, you need to dive into your Settings. You can get there any way you want, since any changes in the journey don’t affect your destination.
On Lollipop, your Display options aren’t very far away from your starting point. Under Device, tap your Display options to open up a few different settings, and one that we’ll use.
It might catch your attention right away, but in case it doesn’t, take a look for Wallpaper on this menu and select it.
Here you have a chance to choose the image you want to set as your wallpaper. You can pick from your Gallery, Photos, already installed Wallpapers, downloaded Live Wallpapers, and you can see down below that I can even pick one from my launcher.
For this example, let’s choose Gallery.
I have more than a few different choices here, but because I’m boring, I’m going to pick the same wallpaper I’ve always been using.
Once you find the picture you want to use, just select it, and then tap SET WALLPAPER above it to confirm your choice. You can’t set the wallpaper for your home screen and lock screen individually this way; this will overwrite both.
Method 3: Using Google Photos / Photo Gallery
This next method is much like the second one. You can do this from any Android phone or tablet, but it does require you to have the picture you want to use on your device. The way this works with Google Photos, and your stock Gallery is the same.
For this example, I’m using Google Photos because Method 2 already mentions the Gallery. Rest assured, this will still work with your Gallery if you aren’t using Google Photos.
Open Google Photos, or update the app if you haven’t used it in a while like I have. If you’re opening Google Photos for the first time, you can skip through all of the syncing options and just get to your photos.
If the picture you want to use is one you’ve taken with your camera, you’re already in the right place. However, if you want to use a saved picture instead; switch to your Albums to find the rest of your saved pictures.
The picture I want to use is tucked away in my Albums, but if you want to use a picture from your Photos, select it and then follow Step 4.
Tap the Albums button on the bottom of the screen to switch menus. Now tap the photo above the words Screenshots, Pictures.
Here you can select any picture saved on your phone, including photos. Find the picture you want to use, and then select it. If you can’t see all of the pictures you want to use, tap the category to expand it and view the rest of your pictures.
Now that you have the picture you want, tap the three vertical dots in the top right hand corner.
Now select Use As, which will give you a few options. Select Wallpaper with the corresponding icon for either your Gallery or Google Photos. Once you do that, your picture is set.
Method 4: Setting an Image Straight from Your Browser (Firefox)
This next method works in almost exactly the same way as Method 3. The only difference, is that you’re selecting an image straight from your browser instead of from your phone. The browser I’m using here is Firefox, but this should also work in Chrome.
The first step here is to open up your browser. I’m using Firefox, but you can use any browser you feel comfortable with.
Next you need to find an image. My favorite image search engine right now is Dogpile, but that’s just me. You can still use Google, Yahoo, or even Bing if you feel like it.
After a quick search, I’ve already found the image I want, and surprise surprise, look what it is.
Once you’re sure this is the image you want (like I’m sure this is the one that I want), longpress it to make a new menu show up.
Select Set Image As, and then Wallpaper with whatever icon next to it that you prefer. I also recommend saving the image if you plan on using this wallpaper again after you’ve changed it.
Now just tap SET WALLPAPER to confirm your choice, and enjoy your new wallpaper.
Method 5: Picturesque Lockscreen
Picturesque Lockscreen is a Microsoft app that brings you a new lock screen wallpaper every day, and gives you Bing functionality without needing to unlock your phone. As far as I can tell, the wallpapers chosen are random, and while you can cycle through the random ones; you cannot select your own.
If you want a fresh lock screen every day, a Bing search bar at the top of it, and news just a swipe away; this might just be the app for you.
This only changes the wallpaper for your lock screen, and not the wallpaper for your homescreen.
You can download Picturesque Lockscreen down below by clicking the image provided. The installation won’t take more than a minute of your time.
When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be taken through some settings you can choose to enable, or leave disabled.
If you want to keep this app as your lock screen, I recommend you enable notifications before continuing.
Once you’re through with the introduction slides, you can see your new lock screen in all of its glory. The image you see right now will change every day, but if you tap the “i” in the lower right hand corner, you can choose between even more random wallpapers.
Use the arrows to switch between wallpapers until you find the one you want. You can use the pause button to pin this image as your wallpaper for the whole day, the trash bin icon to stop this image from appear, and the download button to save the image for later use.
Tapping the search icon can tell you more about the picture you currently have selected. Once you’re done, just tap in the center of the screen to go back to your lock screen.
If you swipe once to the right, you’ll see a Bing powered news feed. You don’t have to use this, but if you want to have news overlayed on your new lock screen, this is the way to do it.
Changing your wallpaper is quick, painless, and a fun way to show off your personality on your Android device. There’s no need to stick with the same wallpaper day in and day out like I do, you can even change your wallpaper every few minutes if you want.
The choice is left up to you, much like how Android lets you do everything you want. You can let your wallpaper reflect who you really are, or even who you want to be.