How to Remove the Picture from an iPhone Lock Screen

The iPhone lets you choose the background images for the device that appear in a couple of locations. One of these locations is the lock screen, which shows the time and date, as well as some notifications, when you press the Power button after the screen is locked. But if someone else set your lock screen picture, or if you previously set it and forget how, then you may be looking for a way to remove that image from your iPhone’s lock screen.

The tutorial below will show you where to set the lock screen image, which also allows you to replace the current image with a solid color, effectively removing the lock screen image on the device.


How to Delete the Lock Screen Picture on an iPhone

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 5, in iOS 9.3. These steps assume that there is currently a picture set for your lock screen, and that you wish to remove it.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the iphone settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Wallpaper option.

open the wallpaper menu



Step 3: Tap the Choose a New Wallpaper button.

choose a new wallpaper



Step 4: Select the Stills option.

select the stills option



Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the white, gray, or black rectangle.

select a solid color background



Step 6: Tap the Set button at the bottom of the screen.

touch the set button



Step 7: Touch the Set Lock Screen button.

remove the iphone lock screen picture



Now the image shown on your lock screen will just be the solid color pattern that you just chose.

Additional Notes

  • The iPhone only offers a few default backgrounds, and none of them are solid colors. These single color patterns are the closest options available.
  • You can alternatively choose to download a picture from the Internet and use that instead. Click here to see how to download a picture on your iPhone.
  • You must have a lock screen image set on your iPhone, which is why we instruct you to use one of the plain options if you want to completely remove a lock screen picture. There is no ability to use a blank or null picture. newsletter

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