How to put a video as a lock screen: You just shot a smartphone with video of an absolutely crucial moment for you, for a while now, you do nothing but look at it in the Gallery of your device. As you continued to watch the video in question, an idea occurred to you: make that same video the wallpaper of your phone’s lock screen, so that you can review it every time you pick up the device.
The problem is that until now you have always set static images as the background of the lock screen, so you don’t know if your smartphone supports the use of videos for this purpose. I guessed it, right? Then don’t worry: the answer to your question is yes and, if you really want to know how to put a video as a lock screen, you just have to continue with the next lines of this tutorial.
Android smartphones and iPhones offer different possibilities for using non-static wallpapers and I will be happy to explain them to you in a simple way. In due course, I will also tell you about videos to use as wallpaper on your PC. But let’s go in order and let’s talk about smartphones (and tablets) first. Happy reading and have fun!
Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, let me make an important premise: using a video as a lock screen background consumes more resources than using a classic static background. It follows, in essence, that the battery of your device will tend to drain more quickly and on poorly performing devices there may also be slowdowns in use.
This is even more true if, in addition to the lock screen, you also decorate the Home screen of your device with a video instead of a static background, on which you spend much more time. Then don’t say I didn’t warn you!
How do you say? Are you already aware of this situation and want to proceed anyway? If so, make yourself comfortable and take a few minutes to carefully read what I am about to tell you.
How to put a video as a lock screen: Android
If you agree, I’d start by showing you right away how to put a video as a lock screen on devices based on Android. You should know that some versions of the green robot operating system have integrated a feature that allows you to set the videos saved in the Gallery as the background of the Home screen and / or the lock screen in a simple and immediate way.
So if you own a phone Samsung or Xiaomi recently you will not have to resort to third-party applications to perform this operation. There may be limitations on the weight and duration of the videos. with regard to Samsung smartphones, for example, you often have the option of using videos with a maximum duration of 15 seconds And 100 MB of weight.
That said, to concretely explain how to make a video the background of the smartphone lock screen, I will use a device Xiaomi with Android and EMUI updated, respectively, to the versions 10 And 12.0.5. Since Android differs in its various versions, the menu items may be slightly different if your model is not the same, but rest assured that you will still be able to understand and put into practice the indications.
I also warn you that your device may “stretch” the image of the video you choose, in order to adapt it to the size of the screen (this is because, unfortunately, the function does not allow you to resize the video image). The best results are usually obtained with videos where the camera is oriented in horizontal.
To begin, open the Gallery of your device, by tapping on the appropriate icon that you find on the Home screen or in the app drawer. Then browse the videos stored on your smartphone and, once you have found the one you deem suitable, open it by tapping on its preview.
Then press the icon … located at the bottom right and tap on the item Set video background present in the menu that is proposed to you. From here, click on the button Apply and finally press on the item Set as lock screen. See how easy it is? Try locking and unlocking your smartphone now to see if the effect is to your liking!
If you use a telephone Samsunginstead, tap on the icon Gallery that you find on the Home screen, scroll through the list of stored files and press onpreview of the video you are interested in, to open it. Once this is done, click on the icon … located at the top and, from here, tap on the item Set as wallpaper and then on that to set it as lock screen background. You can also press on the item Edit, to trim the video.
How do you say? You don’t have a recent Samsung or Xiaomi smartphone and so when you press the icon … on a video there is no option to set it as wallpaper? Don’t despair: if that’s the case, you can safely use a third-party application to remedy this lack. I propose, below, one that I consider valid: Video Live Wallpaper.
It is a simple and intuitive free app (with some small removable advertising banners at a cost of 1.20 euros) that allows you to set the video you prefer as the background of both the lock screen and the Home screen. Unfortunately, it is necessary to set the video as the background of both screens, with consequent consumption of resources.
As a plus, however, using this application, you have some more customization possibilities on the video than the standard Android function I mentioned above: you can activate or deactivate the audio of the video, decide the frame from which to start it and cut the edges of the image so as not to make it “stretched”.
To download Video Live Wallpaper, therefore, you just need to open the official page of the app on the Play Store (if you have a device without Google services, look for the application in an alternative store) and press the button Install.
Once installed, open the app and press the button Choose a video that you find at the top to choose the movie you want to set as wallpaper. Then press the button Allow to allow the app to access the stored files, then press thepreview of the video you deem suitable and, once you have opened it, press the icon of photo, top right.
At this point, if the video is fine as it is, click on the item Set wallpaper and then on the voice Home screen and lock screen; otherwise click on thegear located at the top right and select the option to activate the audio of the video, by pressing on the item Audio is disabled. You can also trim the edges of the video image to keep it from being “stretched” by pressing on the item Scale fit with crop.
Once you’ve set up the video the way you want it, tap on the icon photo, at the top right, then press on the item Set wallpaper and finally on the voice Home screen and lock screen.
Done! Now you can enjoy your favorite video in loop every time you turn on your phone screen, happy? Did you know that you can also use animated images and GIFs as wallpaper on Android? To find out more, read the tutorials I have dedicated to these possibilities.
How to put a video as a lock screen: iPhone
On iPhoneUnfortunately, there is no option to set a video, as it is, as your lock screen wallpaper. However, to achieve a similar result, you can take advantage of the functionality Live Photo integrated into the iOS operating system (since the launch of the iPhone 6s).
The Live Photos, if you don’t know, are nothing more than “animated photos” that can be taken with the iPhone (or can also be downloaded from the Internet) and which contain a static photo plus a few seconds of video and audio both previous than following the shot. These images can also be set as the background of the lock screen and are animated by making a long tap on the screen.
The operation is really very simple. To set a Live Photo as your lock screen wallpaper, just open the app Photo that you find on the Home screen or in the iPhone App Library (it has a colorful flower on a white background), access the tab Album (below) and scroll through the list of multimedia contents (you can also search for Live Photos by type, by pressing on the appropriate item).
Once you have opened the image you are interested in, tap on the icon square and arrow located at the bottom left and press on the item Use as a background. Finally, on the preview screen, make sure that the button with the concentric circles at the bottom it is not crossed out (if so, tap on it) and, from here, press the button Tax and on the voice Lock screen.
Done! You can already admire the result by switching off, then reactivating the display and finally holding down on the screen: give it a try now!
If you want, you can also get a Live Photo starting from a video saved on your iPhone. To do this, however, you need to use a third-party application. My advice is to download intoLive-Create live wallpapers. This is a free app (however, it contains some advertising banners that you can remove by purchasing the “advanced” version of the app at a cost of € 2.29).
Once you have opened the app page on the App Store, then press the button Get / Install and verify your identity through Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password (if necessary). When the download is complete, open the application and press the button Start. Next, hit the button OK to allow intoLive to use the files stored on the device, then press on the item Video, up.
Then select the video you want to convert into a Live Photo and press the button Create, top right. Finally, tap on the item Save Live Photo. Optimal! At this point, to proceed, just set the Live Photo obtained starting from the video as the background, as seen before.
For more details on this procedure and to learn more about alternatives to Live Photos, I suggest you take a look at the guide in which I explained how to put a video as wallpaper on iPhone.
How to put a video as a lock screen on PC
Now that you have seen the possibilities offered by mobile device operating systems, you would like to know if it is also possible to set a video as the lock screen of a Windows PC or a Mac? Unfortunately, to date, this is not possible, neither on one nor on the other operating system. In short: the “animated” lock screen remains a prerogative of Android and iOS.
The computer alternative that I can suggest to you, therefore, is to use one screensaver, that is an image or, in fact, a video that are reproduced on the screen when the computer is left in a state of inactivity for a certain period of time (the latter can be set in a simple way). On both Windows and Mac you have the option to set screensavers or create your own.
In the latter case, you can use the features built into the aforementioned operating systems or some valid third-party programs. To know everything about it, read my tutorial on screensavers that you find here.
On your computer, you also have various options to set animated images (GIFs included) or video as a background. This is perfectly possible thanks to a well-known multimedia player that I have told you about several times in my tutorials. How do you say? Have no idea what program I’m referring to? No problem – just read my tutorial on how to set a video as your desktop wallpaper.