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How to turn your iPhone lock screen into a rotating art gallery  

Photo Shuffle transforms your lock screen into a dynamic gallery. Here’s how to set it up.

Photo Shuffle screen feature Image
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If you’re tired of staring at the same wallpaper on your iPhone, day in, day out, you’re in luck.

With iOS 16 or later, you can use Photo Shuffle to rotate between a selection of lock screen images. Essentially, if you pick the right photos, you can turn your wallpaper into an ever-shuffling gallery of whatever you like to look at.

Therefore, gone are the days of staring at a single lock screen image you can no longer stand but can’t be bothered changing. Let’s discuss how to set up Photo Shuffle on iPhone.

How to enable Photo Shuffle on iPhone

Go to Settings Wallpaperarrow in the iPhone Settings screen pointing to Wallpaper tab
Tap Add New WallpaperArrow pointing to Add New Wallpaper Tab in iPhone
Select Photo Shuffle. If you want to select from featured photo collections, you’ll need to wait for your photo library to processSelect Photo Shuffle
Tap Shuffle Frequency and select either On Tap, On Lock, Hourly, or Daily to choose how often images changeiPhone Shuffle Frequency hourly
Choose which collections you want to include and tap Use Featured Photos. Alternatively, tap Select Photos Manually, select the photos you want to use, and tap AddSelecting Featured Photos tab
Tap Add or Done to complete the processTap on Add on top right corner on iPhone

On the preview screen, before tapping Add or Done, you’ll see a More (…) button in the bottom right corner, which you can use to adjust shuffle frequency.

You can also return to photo selection by tapping the gallery button in the bottom left corner.

How to remove unwanted featured photos from Photo Shuffle

If Photo Shuffle is showing you featured images you want to exclude from your gallery, you can remove them by following these steps:

  1. When you see an unwanted photo, tap and hold your lock screen and unlock your iPhone when prompted
A person is tapping and holding their phone Lock screen
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  1. Tap Customize
Customize screen on iPhone
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  1. Tap Lock Screen
Lock Screen - iPhone in purple background in Photo Shuffle
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  1. Tap the More (…) button in the bottom right corner and choose Don’t Feature Photo
Don't Feature Photo tab
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However, if you’re really picky about the photos you see and don’t want to spend time blacklisting certain images, selecting the manual Photo Shuffle option may be the best solution.

That way, you have complete control over which pictures are included in your gallery.

Curate your Photo Shuffle gallery wisely

The images you choose to include in your Photo Shuffle gallery have the potential to impact your day-to-day and influence your mood.

For example, if you want to feel calm and relaxed, you might want to create a gallery of nothing but fluffy kittens and puppies unless, of course, the sight of small animals fills you with rage. In which case, you should probably choose something else.

Ultimately, when it comes to curating your Photo Shuffle gallery, you should select your images wisely and remember that they will appear on your lock screen, which means you’re practically putting them on public display.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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