Create or customise wallpapers (Pixel 6 and 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 personalise 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.

Learn how to create custom wallpapers on your Pixel Fold with our step-by-step tutorial.

Add special effects to photo wallpapers (Pixel 6 and 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 and later, including Fold)

You can create wallpapers and choose the emojis, patterns and background colours 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 and 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 Randomise.

2. Choose a pattern and 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 colour

  1. At the bottom panel, tap Colours.
  2. Select a wallpaper colour.

4. Preview and 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 and 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 and 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 on your Pixel Fold
  1. On your phone's home screen, touch and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Wallpaper and style and then Lock screen.
  3. Above the caption 'Settings Clock colour and size', swipe left or right to see style options.
  4. Tap Colour and select the colour that you want.
    Tip: To make the colour lighter or darker, use the slider.
  5. Tap Size and select the size that you want.
    • Dynamic: Clock size changes according to lock screen content
    • Small
  6. To save your style changes, tap the left arrow Back.

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