Set Wallpaper on Samsung Galaxy S4

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You can customize your Samsung Galaxy S4 to change the wallpaper for your home screen, lock screen and both. You can also set it to use a live wallpaper.

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Set Wallpaper on S4

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    Go to your home screen.
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    Tap and hold on an empty space on your screen.
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    A prompt will show showing these options:
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    1. Set Wallpaper
    2. Home Screen
    3. Lock Screen
    4. Home and Lock Screen
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    Tap on a selected option.
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    A prompt will come up with these options:
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    1. Gallery
    2. Wallpaper
    3. Live Wallpapers
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    Choose between viewing gallery and saved wallpapers on your phone.
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    After you have chosen your desired wallpaper, tap on it and tap on "Set Wallpaper"
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    Repeat the process to put a different wallpaper for your home screen or lock screen.
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Set Live Wallpaper on S4

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    Go to your home screen.
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    Tap and hold on an empty space on your screen.
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    A prompt will show showing these options:
     
    1. Set Wallpaper
    2. Home Screen
    3. Lock Screen
    4. Home and Lock Screen
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    Tap on a selected option.
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    A prompt will show showing these options:
     
    1. Gallery
    2. Wallpaper
    3. Live Wallpapers
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    Choose Live Wallpapers
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    You will be taken to all the saved live wallpapers on your phone.
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    Tap on your desired live wallpaper and tap "Set Wallpaper".
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  • Worth noting: Live wallpapers look more appealing but consume more battery juice and RAM than static/ordinary wallpapers.

Set Scrolling Wallpaper on S4

By default, Samsung Galaxy S4 does not have an option to make wallpaper scrollable. If you are one of those people who are fond of a scrolling wallpaper, you may want to follow these instructions to get one:

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    Go to your home screen.
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    Tap on the "App" icon.
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    From the application folder, tap on "Play store"
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    Tap the "Search" button on the upper-right corner of the screen
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    Search for the keywords, "Landscape Wallpaper"
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    Tap on the first line of the results and install it.
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    Go to your application folder and look for the Landscape Wallpaper app icon.
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    Tap on the icon to open it.
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    Once opened, it will show you these three options:
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    1. Select image(s)
    2. Start live wallpaper
    3. Quit
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    Tap on Select image(s)
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    Tap on "Single Image"
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    Tap on "Gallery" to choose pictures from your phone's gallery.
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    From the gallery of images, tap on the picture that you want to set as a scrolling wallpaper.
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    Tap "OK" to confirm it.
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    Tap on "Start Live Wallpaper" to see a preview on how the scrolling wallpaper be viewed on your phone.
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    You can go to Settings to change any desired feature.
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    When you are done, press the home button.
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    You have just successfully enabled scrolling wallpaper on Samsung S4.
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  • Worth noting: This application is actually a live wallpaper. Thus, it runs on the background, like live wallpapers do, and consumes RAM and battery juice more than the static/normal wallpapers.

Bonus: Save battery power by using black wallpaper

Your screen takes a great chunk of your battery consumption. If you are more interested in power-saving than aesthetics, you can set your background to plain black to save more. To do it:

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    Go to Google.
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    Search for the keywords, "black screen"
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    Go over the results and download a picture with plain black screen.
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    Save the picture to your phone's gallery.
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    Follow the above procedures on setting wallpaper to your phone.
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Questions and Answers

Setting picture for wallpaper and home screen?

I want to put a specific picture I want for my wallpaper and home screen. I want it to be the full picture. Not like how the setting forces it to be zoomed in.

Unfortunately if the picture is too big it will in fact be stretched or zoomed depending on the picture itself on your device. Try to shrink the picture with an application before setting it as your wallpaper.

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I have a wallpaper set on my phone, however when I scroll through pages my wallpaper moves. I stopped this one my last S4 active but I don't remember how?

I have a wallpaper set on my phone, however when I scroll through pages my wallpaper moves. I stopped this one my last S4 active but I don't remember how? Please help

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How can I set more than one picture for my back ground?

Need a couple of pictures for my background

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Is the SSlauncher responsible for blocking live wallpaper except daydream?

Every time I try a different live wallpaper the screen goes to black. It says system wallpaper turned off and directs me to an unknown place

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I would like to set a picture to fill the screen?

I downloaded an application that auto-resizes the image so now the image fits on the screen but it is a lot smaller....before I had it set so that it covered the entire screen but when I would scroll to the next screen the image would stay the same....now when I try to set it to the full screen, it is huge and when I scroll to the next screen the image moves....I'm not sure if that makes much sense

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The Muzei Ghibli app on my S4 won't pan out on my screen as a live wallpaper?

I've downloaded the Muzei Ghibli app and the respective Muzei app so that I can set Ghibli studios images as my home screen background, but the live wallpaper won't pan the images.

I go to Set Wallpaper > Live wallpapers > Muzei > Set wallpaper. It's supposed to pan when I scroll. Help?

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There's an image - a photo of my son taken by him and installed by him - that is the first thing seen when I wake my phone up?

I've looked in all the files and all the wallpaper settings (lock/home etc.), but I can't find the photo to delete it. Once unlocked, other wallpapers are shown, not the offending photo. So where else might I look to find where the 'lock' wallpaper is stored?

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It can be stored in many places. You will need to either replace the wallpaper or uninstall the application that adds it.

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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    In the "Device" section, tap on "Wallpaper".
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    Tap on "Lock screen".
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    Select a wallpaper picture.
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    Tap on "Set as wallpaper".
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    If that did not help, press the home button.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on Gallery.
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    Open a picture.
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    Press the menu button of your phone.
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    Tap on "Set as".
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    Tap on "Lock screen".
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    You may need to crop your image before the setting is applied.
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    If neither method helped, then press the home button.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "Application manager".
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    Tap on "Downloaded".
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    Locate downloaded programs that you do not know and uninstall them.
    Here are some lock-screen wallpaper applications: AcDisplay, Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock, C-Locker, Cover Lock Screen, DIY Locker, Dodol Locker, GO Locker, Holo Locker, Locker Master, LokLok Connected Lock Screen, MagicLocker, MixLocker, Next Lock Screen, Picturesque, Sparky Lock Screen, etc.
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    Reboot your phone.
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My Samsung S4 reset itself. I can't change wallpaper now?

My S4 turned off and on by its own last night, when I turned it on this morning, my home screen looked completely different. I tried to reset it to the way it was starting with wallpaper, but when I try to set a wallpaper, it doesn't hold. Haven't even tried to move the icons (which are now super huge) back on the screen. Have been having a lot of trouble the past week or so with a screen going back to a background while I am doing a text of email or looking things up on the net. It has not been a good couple weeks with my phone

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Where do I access existing wallpapers that come with Galaxy S4?

Bought today and don't know how to access

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I'm unable on my S4 to choose a picture from gallery and make it 'Wallpaper'?

The black 'picture' I took by covering the lens is in the gallery and it shows up in the choices of wallpaper, but when I select it as my choice, gallery opens and I can't find a way to "Set Wallpaper"..... I have tried: I've tried the 'Set Wallpaper' option in 'settings' and the suggested procedure here. I think it was caused by: Unknown... My 'old' Motorola Mini would 'set wallpaper' by holding down the picture and choosing to do it

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How do I get it to go to the live wall papers setting?

I press and hold on my home screen, it says wall papers so click it and it goes to my gallery were there aren't any live wall papers. I have tried: Holding on a empty space. I think it was caused by: I don't have a SIM card so I think it's not getting saved

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