How to Crop iPhone Wallpapers From Any Image on iPhone on iOS 16

A word that you’d probably see a lot associated with iOS 16 is “customization“, as Apple devs go all out with the new update to make you experience a profound change in device personalization.

Apart from customization of lock screen effects and widgets, Apple has also introduced quite a number of sleek customizations and editing tools in the Photos app as smart assistants in your editing exploits.

In this post, we will explore the crop tool in the Photos app that lets you quickly crop wallpapers on iOS 16.

What is the new cropping tool for Wallpaper in iOS 16?

The reformations and upgrades in design have long since made 9:16 wallpapers moderately incompatible fit to many iPhones that use Face ID. Under such circumstances, a lot of images that might wish to use a wallpaper might end up being a bit unsightly with regards to the dimensions or pixels. The auto-zoom feature that fits any image to fit the screen doesn’t help either as it rigidly crops out too because of an extreme emphasis on center focus.

With iOS 16, Apple hopes to overcome this issue by adding several crop presets in the crop tool to give you various options to resize an image to fit the screen. With this tool, you can crop, zoom, and adjust the focus of any image you want to set as wallpaper. Here’s how you do it.

How to crop iPhone wallpapers from any image on iOS 16

  • Requirement: iOS 16 update

Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

Go to any folder in the app and tap on any image to view it.

Tap on Edit option on the upper right.

Tap on the “crop tool” icon at the bottom.

Tap on the “Aspect Ratio” icon on the upper right.

You will see a row of aspect ratio options above the tools at the bottom of the screen.

Select Wallpaper from the options.

Note: You can use the wallpaper crop preset in the landscape mode as well; but for better perspective, keep your wallpaper cropping activities limited to portrait mode.

Drag the crop window to a different position to realign the focal area.

You can even zoom in or use the crop window handles to adjust the focus.

Once you are ready to save the wallpaper, tap Done on the lower right corner.

That’s it! You have successfully changed the aspect ratio of the image to make the best wallpaper for your iPhone. The change will be applied to the original image in the Photos app.

Tip: If you do not like the wallpaper, tap the Revert option in the editor to retrieve the original image and start over again!

Use the wallpaper to see the result!

Open the image in the Photos app and tap on the “more” button (box with an upward pointing arrow) on the bottom left to view more options.

On the overflow menu, tap Use as Wallpaper.

You will find the image to be a perfect screen fit unlike the auto-zoom crop effect applied to an unadjusted image when you use it straight as a wallpaper. You can even pinch zoom the current image in the lock screen wallpaper editor to further crop using the zoom feature.

Tap Done on the upper right to apply it as the wallpaper.

The natural disadvantage of the wallpaper crop tool is that you cannot zoom out or move the focal area of an image cropped using the feature once you are on the lock screen customization editor. But, the perfect fit makes up for it; in addition, you can always “Revert” a wallpaper crop edit and redo the cropping until you land on the “right screen.”

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