Wallpapers are one of the biggest aspects of an iPhone that can really change the way you look at yours. After a while, the honeymoon effect starts to go away a few months after getting your brand new iPhone, but setting a new wallpaper can make it feel like new again, essentially adding a fresh coat of paint to the user interface.
iOS 7 comes with a few good built-in wallpapers that you can try out, but the selection is rather limited and they might not cater to all personalities. Luckily, the internet is filled with great graphic designers and artists who provide their work for free in the form of iPhone wallpapers.
Here are just a few of our favorite resources where you can download high-quality iPhone wallpapers.
If there’s one hotbed that’s full of creative digital artwork, it’s deviantART. You might have not heard of it since it’s not really in the mainstream, but it’s one of the most popular online destinations for graphic designers and artists to show off their work.
You can find a lot of cool wallpapers on deviantART, but unfortunately most of the work is desktop wallpapers. However, if you know how to crop images then you’re set to go: Just pick your favorite desktop wallpaper that you can find and open it up in Photoshop or other image editor to crop it to iPhone size. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s have a resolution of 1136×640, iPhone 4 and 4s is at 960×640, and all other iPhones sit at 480×320.
If you’re more into actual photography with your iPhone wallpapers rather than digital art, Flickr is the place to look. Pretty much all professional and novice photographers alike post up their work on Flickr for all to enjoy.
You can do a simple search for iPhone wallpapers or take a look at the many group “pools” that are collections of iPhone wallpapers that you can browse. There are even pools for specific iPhone models/resolutions, such as the iPhone 4/4s and the iPhone 5/5s.
It’s less well known, but Blur is a good place for simple and minimalistic iPhone wallpapers. If you just want a simple, but beautiful wallpaper for your iPhone, Blur is the place to get it. However, Blue is an iPhone app rather than a website.
The app costs $0.99 in the iTunes App Store, but it allows you to browse and customize and limitless number of wallpapers for your perusal. The idea behind blur is to take a photo and apply a bit of a blur effect to it to give your iPhone’s background an elegant look. After it’s all said and done, your wallpaper will have a simple gradient effect that will look sharp and beautiful.
A site that’s most-known for random blog posts and the sharing of weird photos, Tumblr is also actually a great place to find iPhone wallpapers. There are many Tumblr blogs that focus primarily on posting new iPhone wallpapers. However, if you want an all-in-one place to browse iPhone wallpapers on Tumblr, we suggest searching by tag and browsing that way.
Pinterest is well-known for its unique “pinning” feature that allows users to browse creations and pin them to their Pinterest board. Most of the time, these pins are usually just recipes, arts crafts, etc., but many iPhone enthusiasts also use Pinterest to pin their favorite iPhone wallpapers.
Doing a simple search for “iPhone wallpaper” will bring up a ton of results that include a handful of different types of designs that should cater to wide range of users. However, Pinterest is mainly women-focused, meaning that a lot of the wallpapers you’ll come across will mostly be catered towards women, so men might not find what they’re looking for specifically on Pinterest.