Wallpapers are a great way to spruce up your Apple Watch. But what is better than a still image? What about your favorite GIF that comes alive every time you lift your wrist?
If you are a regular Apple Watch user, you might know the Watch Photos face, which allows you to rotate up to 24 photos. And if you use Live Photo, it really animates every time you use your Apple Watch.
Combine this with the fact that you can convert any GIF to Live Photos, and now you have an incredible selection of media to use as your Apple Watch wallpaper. And yes, you can do this for your iPhone wallpaper too.
The process is quite simple. Use an application like GIPHY to find a GIF, convert it to a Live Photo, and then use the Watch application to add the photo to your watch face. This is how it works.
First, download and open the GIPHY application. Next, tap on the “Search” bar to find the GIF. You can also explore GIFs by category, hashtag, and trending searches.
When you find a GIF that you like, tap on it to view it.
Here, tap on the “Menu” button.
Now tap on the “Convert to Live Photo” option.
This application will ask if you want to save the GIF in full screen format or whether you want it to fit the screen (your iPhone). If the GIF is in widescreen format, select the “Fit to Screen” option. It would be better if you find a GIF in square format. You can also crop Photos Directly in the steps below.
Now the Live Photo will be saved to your Camera Roll. We have to prepare it for Apple Watch.Open Live Photo and tap the “Edit” button.
First, you might want to switch to the “Trim” option to change the size of the GIF to the perfect box.
When you are in the crop view, tap the “Aspect Ratio” button from the top toolbar (on iOS 13 and above).
Then select the “Box” option from the bottom.
Next, tap the “Live” button from the bottom toolbar.
Tap on the last frame and then select “Make Key Photo.” This ensures that, after the animation is finished, the wallpaper becomes the last frame instead of jumping to the frame in the middle of the GIF.
Now, you have to trim Live Photos to about one second of recording. If you use GIF without editing its length, it might not work. Only Live Photos with less than 42 frames serve as animated wallpapers on Apple Watch.
Grab both handles and reduce the length of the Live Photo by about half. After that, tap the “Finish” button to save the Live Photo. Now we are ready to move on to the next step.
Open the Watch application and open the “Face Gallery” section.
Here, swipe down until you see the “Photo” watch face. Knock it.
From this screen, open the “Content” section and tap “Photos.” This allows you to select specific photos (or photos) for the watch face.
From the photo selector, select the Live Photo that we just edited and then tap the “Finish” button.
Now from the watch face page, tap on the “Add” button.
Watch face A new photo will be added at the end of the watch list on your Apple Watch. Raise your wrist, and now you will see an animated GIF when your Apple Watch comes alive.
If you only see a static image or a black screen, this means that your GIF is still too long. Return to the editing screen and reduce the GIF. After you do that, it will function properly.