How to Fix Depth Effect Wallpaper Not Working on iPhone?

Are Depth Effect Wallpapers Not Loading on iOS Mobile. Here is the Simple Guide to Fix Depth Effect Wallpaper Not Working on iPhone.

Is the new iOS 16 depth effect wallpaper not working on iPhone? I have rounded up a few troubleshooting tips to help you fix that problem. Depth effect wallpaper on iPhone separates a wallpaper into several layers. Using the neural engine in the iPhone, a certain portion of the wallpaper is displayed dominantly over other elements on the screen.

If you want the display to minimize the elements like a clock, battery percentage, etc., and have the wallpaper mark its presence vividly, then the depth effect does that job. Sometimes, the depth effect wallpaper may not work if there is any issue with the image being used as wallpaper. As the depth effect is part of iOS 16, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 16 to use it.

Fix Depth Effect Wallpaper Issues on iPhone

Here are the best ways to fix the problem with depth effect wallpaper.

1. Update to iOS 16

Have you updated your iPhone to iOS 16 yet? First, install iOS 16, and you should be able to use the depth effect wallpaper on your iPhone. To look for a new iOS update,

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If a new iOS update is available tap on Download and Install.
    install iOS 16

Once iOS 16 is installed, try to set any wallpaper, and the depth effect should be applied to that.

2. Enable Depth Effect Manually for a Wallpaper

Although the depth effect for wallpaper on iPhone comes into action right when wallpaper is set, sometimes it may have been disabled. You can manually enable the depth effect while setting a wallpaper.

  1. Long press on the lock screen of the iPhone.
  2. Tap the Customize button > Tap Photos and select a photo to set as wallpaper.
  3. At the bottom right corner, tap on the 3-dot icon.
  4. The Depth Effect option will show with a tick mark beside it if as per the neural engine the wallpaper is compatible.
    check if the iPhone wallpaper supports depth effect

The Depth Effect will appear grayed out if the wallpaper you are trying to put does not support the iOS 16 Depth Effect.

3. Restart the iPhone

Restarting the iPhone may also fix the issue if the depth effect not working on it. It is a simple trick that often resolves technical issues immediately.

  1. Press the side button of the iPhone.
  2. When the Slide to Power Off option shows up move the slider to the right side. This will turn the iPhone off.
    switch off iPhone
  3. After a few seconds, press the side button again to turn the iPhone on.

4. Properly Position the Wallpaper on the Screen

Sometimes, you need to crop out the wallpaper to a certain ratio to make it compatible with the depth effect of the iPhone.

  1. Long press on the lock screen of the iPhone.
  2. Tap on Customize.
  3. Next, tap on Photos and select an image for setting iPhone wallpaper.
  4. Now, use the pinch gesture to zoom in or zoom out to adjust the wallpaper’s dimensions.
  5. At the same time, you can check whether the depth effect applies to the new wallpaper that you have cropped out.
    crop to reposition the wallpaper

5. Remove Widgets from the Screen

Lock screen widgets and the depth effect wallpaper won’t work when used together. So, you need to remove the locks screen widgets which are a new feature introduced with the new iOS 16.

  1. Unlock the iPhone.
  2. Long press on the lock screen to trigger the customize screen settings page.
  3. Tap on Customize > Select Lock Screen.
  4. Once the widget edit mode initiates, tap the minus icon on the widget border to remove them.
    remove lock screen widget

6. Use a Wallpaper With a Supported File Format

I suggest using a JPEG image for setting wallpaper on the iPhone. The images with JPEG file name extensions are better compatible with the Depth Effect feature. If the image you have is not of JPEG origin, you can easily convert it to one using various free online image conversion tools.

You can easily check the filename extension of your choice for the image you are trying to set as wallpaper.

  1. Open the image file in the Files App or through the Photos app.
  2. At the bottom of the screen tap on the “i” button to see the details of the image where the filename extension would have been mentioned.
    know the image filename details


After trying the above troubleshooting tips, you can fix the issue of the depth effect not working on the iPhone. You should not miss out on the small but creative features that Apple has baked into the new iOS 16.

If you've any thoughts on How to Fix Depth Effect Wallpaper Not Working on iPhone?, then feel free to drop in below comment box. Also, please subscribe to our DigitBin YouTube channel for videos tutorials. Cheers!

Swayam Prakash
Swayam is a professional content creator with 6-years of experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing tech-based content for notable online publishing firms. At DigitBin, he creates quality-rich and simple content related to Windows OS, Android, iOS, social media, cloud computing, and other general consumer technology. Contact Me on Linkedin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *