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iOS 16 Removed Wallpapers from Previous iOS Versions: What You Need to Know

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-07-20 / Update for  iOS 16

Users have been noticing a strange “perk” in the new iOS 16 update. They say they can’t find the old wallpapers that came with earlier iOS versions, and even the ones that came with their device model.

Is this a bug? No!

Apple has officially removed the older wallpapers from the iOS 16 wallpaper gallery. Be it the iOS wallpapers that came with iOS 15, iOS 14, and so on — or the wallpapers that come exclusively with each iPhone model, they’re all gone.

Here’s everything you need to know.

UPDATED! Learn more about iOS 17 Wallpaper here.

iOS 16 wallpapers

Ⅰ. So, did Apple remove wallpapers of all iOS versions and iPhone models?

Apple has removed most of the wallpapers from older iOS versions, but not all of them. Plus, some of the older retro wallpapers have returned from the dead!

The wallpapers that come with iOS updates, like the white/red/yellow abstract wallpaper that came with iOS 15, have been removed. The same goes for iOS 14 wallpapers.

However, some of the wallpapers, like the Stripes wallpaper, are still here.

Ⅱ. Which retro wallpapers did Apple add?

Apple has added some wallpapers from the original iPhone days to the iOS 16 wallpaper collection.

  • For instance, the Fish wallpaper from a decade ago is finally back. And this time around, it’s animated, which means it moves as you unlock your phone or perform other actions, like pulling down your Notification Center.
  • Furthermore, the old Stripes wallpaper has also been updated. Now, it’s animated as well, i.e., it moves around as you unlock your phone or do other things.

    iOS 16 fish and stripe wallpapers

Ⅲ. Other new amazing wallpapers that users are loving

In our opinion, the iOS 16 wallpaper collection has overall improved in this update.

We’ve got plenty of new wallpapers to play with. And many of them look better than what we previously had.

The default iOS 16 wallpaper looks pretty good with its green and blue color palette, and it supports the depth effect too.

Furthermore, many users are loving the new live weather wallpaper. It shows your live weather conditions right on your home screen, and it animates while it does so. That means if it’s raining outside, your lock screen will rain, too!

Another set of wallpapers that users are loving is the new Astronomy collection. It shows your location on the globe with a green dot, and also shows the real-time conditions of sunset/sunrise. That means if it’s a day at your location, the globe will be facing the sun and will be bright. But if it’s night in your area, the globe won’t be facing the sun.

iOS 16 global wallpaper

All in all, there are many great new wallpapers that you must be exploring!

Ⅳ. I’m sold! How can I use the new iOS 16 wallpapers?

It’s simple!

  • On your iPhone Lock Screen, tap and hold on to an empty spot. Then, hit the “+” button on the bottom-right corner.
  • Now, you will be able to see the entire collection of iOS 16 wallpapers. You can select any of the ones you like.
  • You can also pick one of your own photos by hitting the “Photos” circle at the top. Then, simply find a photo you like, and use it as your wallpaper.

    change ios 16 wallpaper

If you’d like to use the depth effect, make sure the Depth Effect toggle is turned on at the bottom. Then, make sure your subject covers a corner of the clock. If it covers too much, the depth effect won’t work. If it’s covering too much, use two fingers to swipe the wallpaper and move it around until the clock is not fully hidden, then the depth effect will start working.

ios 16 wallpaper depth effect

Related read How to customize iOS 16 lock screen.

Ⅴ. I want the old wallpapers back! How do I get them?

1.Download the Old Wallpapers from Websites&Apps

If you’re mad that iOS 16 removed wallpapers from previous versions, don’t be! There are tons of ways to get the old wallpapers back if you’re really into them.

While you can download the wallpapers from several websites that have uploaded them, we prefer using an app. With a wallpaper app, you don’t have to worry about quality, as such apps usually upload wallpapers in original resolution. If you download from a website, you might end up with a low-quality version.

Click here to download one of the apps that contain the old wallpapers. After you’ve installed the app on your iPhone, open it.

Then, select the “Collections” tab from the bottom, and you will find several collections of old iPhone wallpapers there. It includes iPhone 14 and 14 Pro wallpapers, 13 series wallpaper, iOS 15 wallpapers, and many more.

ios 16 wallpapers center

2. Downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 to Get the Old Wallpapers

It’s a more direct method to get the old wallpapers. But be noted that this will cause data loss. You will lose your device data after downgrading to iOS 15. Here’re 2 ways to downgrade iOS 16.

Way 1: Downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 with IPSW file

Related read Downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 with IPSW file.

Way 2: Quickly downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 by using ReiBoot! (More Recommended)

Related read Downgrade iOS 16 to iOS 15 with ReiBoot. Since iOS 17 was released, ReiBoot also supports iOS 17 upgrade/downgrade now.

Bonus Tip: iOS 16/17 Depth Effect Not Working? Fixed!

If you can’t seem to turn on the depth effect with any of the included wallpapers or your own pictures, there could be something wrong with your iOS system. Users have reported issues where they can’t use the depth effect no matter how hard they try.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix, and it’s called ReiBoot.

With ReiBoot, you can completely reinstall your entire iOS 16/17 system in no time. And it won’t erase your device data. With ReiBoot, you can fix more than 150 iPhone/iPad issues at your home. (The best part is that you can use it to to downgrade iOS 16/17 to the older iOS version.) Here’s how it works.

  • Download and install ReiBoot on your PC or Mac. Connect your iPhone to the computer and select “Trust This Computer”. Click “Start”.

    fix iOS 16 depth effect not working
  • On the next page, select “Standard Repair”.

    fix iOS 16 depth effect not working
  • The system will prompt you to download the latest firmware, hit “Download”.

    fix iOS 16 depth effect not working
  • When the download is completed, click “Start Standard Repair”.

    fix iOS 16 depth effect not working
  • Wait for the process to complete, and you’re all set! Your depth effect should now start working as expected.

    fix iOS 16 depth effect not working

The bottom line

And there you have it — that’s everything you need to know about the new iOS 16 wallpapers collection.

Remember, if you’re facing any kind of issues with you the depth effect, or any other iOS 16/17 feature for that matter, ReiBoot is your best friend to sort it out!