Why has my iPhone background turned black?

Answered by James Kissner

I’ve had this issue with my iPhone before, so I can definitely relate! It can be frustrating when your wallpaper suddenly turns black for no apparent reason. There could be a few reasons why this happens, but one common cause is selecting a wallpaper image from the Photos app.

When you select a wallpaper from the Photos app, it seems to trigger this black screen problem. I’m not exactly sure why this happens, but it could be due to some sort of compatibility issue between the Photos app and the wallpaper settings.

To work around this issue, you can try setting the wallpaper from within the Settings app instead of directly from the Photos app. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down and tap on “Wallpaper.”
3. Choose either “Choose a New Wallpaper” or “Choose a New Dynamic Wallpaper” depending on your preference.
4. Select the image you want to use as your wallpaper from the available options.
5. Adjust the positioning of the image if necessary.
6. Tap on “Set” to apply the wallpaper.

By setting the wallpaper through the Settings app, you may be able to avoid the black screen problem. It’s worth giving it a try if you haven’t already.

Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes apps or software updates can introduce bugs or glitches that can affect the wallpaper settings. If you recently updated your iPhone or installed any new apps, it’s possible that this could be the cause of the black screen issue. In such cases, it’s a good idea to check for any available software updates and install them to see if it resolves the problem.

The black screen wallpaper problem on iPhones seems to occur most frequently when a wallpaper image is selected from the Photos app. One workaround is to set the wallpaper from within the Settings app instead. Additionally, it’s worth checking for any software updates or recent app installations that could be causing the issue. Hopefully, these suggestions help resolve the problem and you can enjoy your chosen wallpaper without any more black screen surprises.