How to Remove the Picture from an iPhone Lock Screen

Customizing your iPhone can be a lot of fun, especially when you can use your own pictures on the screens that you see the most. But if you had previously set a wallpaper and don’t know how, then you may be wondering how to remove the wallpaper from your iPhone’s 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 Wallpaper on iPhone Lock Screen

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Wallpaper.
  3. Select Choose a New Wallpaper.
  4. Find the new wallpaper you want.
  5. Touch Set.
  6. Tap Set Lock Screen.

Our guide continues below with additional information on deleting the current iPhone lock screen wallpaper and setting a new one.

How to Delete the Lock Screen Picture on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

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.

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