Create or customize wallpapers (Pixel 6 & later, including Fold)

Important: When battery saver is on, the wallpaper dims.

New features in your Pixel phone allow you to use your creativity to personalize your experience. You can add 3D effects and motion graphics to your photos to create unique wallpapers. You can also create custom wallpapers with Emoji Workshop.

Add special effects to photo wallpapers (Pixel 6 & later, including Fold)
  1. On your phone's Home screen, touch and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Wallpaper and then My photos.
  3. Select a photo.
  4. Tap Effects .
  5. Turn on Create Cinematic wallpaper.
  6. To preview your wallpaper, tap Home screen and then Lock screen.
  7. To select a wallpaper location, tap Home screen, Lock screen, or Home and lock screens.
Create custom wallpapers with Emoji Workshop (Pixel 4a & later, including Fold)

You can create wallpapers and choose the emojis, patterns, and background colors of your choice. These custom emoji wallpapers can be saved.

1. Choose an emoji

You can select your emoji or get a random assortment.

  1. On your phone's Home screen, touch and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Wallpaper & style and then Change wallpaper and then Emoji Workshop.
  3. At the bottom right, tap Edit Emoji and then Done .
  4. Choose your emoji.
    • For a particular emoji: Select from the keyboard. You can choose up to 14 emojis to decorate your wallpaper.
    • For a random assortment: Tap Randomize.

2. Choose a pattern & size

After you choose an emoji wallpaper, you can adjust the pattern of your emojis.

  1. At the bottom panel, tap Patterns.
  2. Select a pattern style.
  3. To change emoji size on the pattern, use the slider.

3. Select a color

  1. At the bottom panel, tap Colors.
  2. Select a wallpaper color.

4. Preview & set wallpaper

  1. To preview your emoji wallpaper, tap Lock screen and then Home screen.
  2. When your preview looks right, tap Set wallpaper.
  3. To select a wallpaper location, tap Home screen or Home and lock screens.
Create AI wallpapers (Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro)

Important: AI wallpapers may not be available for certain account types, such as Family Link accounts.

You can use generative AI to create custom and unique wallpapers based on your own prompts. You can:

  • Access the new wallpaper through the current wallpaper options.
  • Fill in the blanks to create a prompt in a pre-written template.
  • Choose different options to fine-tune the final result.
  • Save created wallpapers for reuse later.

To generate an AI wallpaper:

  1. On your phone's Home screen, tap and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Wallpaper & style and then More wallpapers and then AI wallpaper.
  3. Choose a theme to create your AI-generated wallpaper.
  4. Tap Inspire me to get a random wallpaper for your chosen prompt.
  5. Tap any underlined word in the prompt to explore specific options.
  6. To generate a wallpaper, tap Create wallpaper.
  7. Choose between several AI-generated wallpapers by swiping left or right.
  8. To set the wallpaper, tap Done and select Lock screen or Home screen and then Set wallpaper.

Tip: Once used, the wallpaper is saved so you can reuse it again later.

Change the clock style with the latest Android version
  1. On your phone's Home screen, touch and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Wallpaper & style and then Lock screen.
  3. Above the caption “ Clock color & size,” swipe left or right to see style options.
  4. Tap Color and select the color you want.
    Tip: To make the color lighter or darker, use the slider.
  5. Tap Size and select the size you want.
    • Dynamic: Clock size changes according to lock screen content
    • Small
  6. To save your style changes, tap the left arrow .

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