Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Change the Galaxy S8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper

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This guide will detail how to change the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ lock screen and wallpaper. Including adding your own images instead of relying on the Samsung theme store. With the phones now available users will have lots of questions.

On April 21st Samsung’s two stunning devices arrived after a short delay. Now that they’re here, owners will want to customize them and make it their own. Many don’t take the time to learn how, but changing the lock screen or adding a new wallpaper is extremely easy.

Read: 15 Common Galaxy S8 Problems & How to Fix Them

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both have beautiful 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD displays. Coming in at an impressive 5.8 and 6.2-inches. High resolution wallpapers look amazing. With that in mind, here’s how to add a few great wallpapers or customize the lock screen.

These phones are very advanced and loaded full of features, so it can be easy for users to get overwhelmed. Start with changing these 10 settings first, and then move on to the wallpaper and lock screen.

Owners enjoy changing the wallpaper or lock screen to their own images. Whether that’s of the kids, pets or a pretty landscape image. It only takes a few minutes, but can be confusing considering it requires using the Samsung Theme Store and application. Many users are reporting they can’t change it to anything but Samsung’s pre-set photos, but that isn’t the case. You just need to know how.

The best part of getting a new phone is setting it up the way you’d like, even if that can be a bit daunting for beginners. As a result, our easy to understand steps below will get you setup and customized in no time.

How to Change the Galaxy S8 Lock Screen & Wallpaper

There are a few different ways to change the lock screen image or background wallpaper. My favorite part is we can use two different images. One for the lock screen, and something like a live or moving wallpaper for the home screen.

Part of the confusion is when owners head into Settings and select Wallpapers and themes it goes to the Samsung theme engine. Which isn’t very user friendly, and can be hard to understand. It’s loaded with beautiful photos, themes, icon changers and more. If you just want to apply your own image to the background, it isn’t very straight-forward. So here’s how. We’ll cover all the different ways this can be done.


    • Push and hold your finger on a blank area on the screen

    • It will zoom out to a customization menu, select Wallpaper

    • Scroll through Samsung’s options, or hit My Photos

    • Now select the image you want, crop to fit, and hit Apply Wallpaper

    • Choose home screen, lock screen or both

This is the easiest and quickest way to add a wallpaper to the Galaxy S8. It doesn’t require using the theme store or anything difficult. Just browse their pre-installed images or select one of your own. Find what you want and hit apply. This is how you use photos right off of your smartphone.

To find some beautiful wallpapers like mine above look through Samsung’s theme store or download the app called Zedge and browse their collection. Make sure you get at least a 1080p HD image for the best results.

Lock screen Wallpaper

In case you didn’t notice during our instructions above, adding a wallpaper to the lock screen is just as easy. Follow the exact same steps as above. When you find the image you’d like to use and hit apply the phone will ask. Do you want to apply this to the home screen, the lock screen, or both.

Select both if you only want one image, or add a different image for each area on the device. I have a Packers logo on my lock screen, and a pretty wallpaper everywhere else. Do what you want.

Samsung Theme Store

Those that head into Settings > Wallpaper & Themes may find a huge collection of themes, wallpapers, live wallpapers, custom icons and more. However, the steps aren’t as clear. Basically you just select anything you want in here, download it and hit apply.

Although using your own images might not be easy to understand at first glance. When you first open the theme store it defaults to wallpapers. There are tons of recommendations and popular options to choose from. At the top of the page the first square is “Your Gallery” which you can select to use your own photos, instead of their own.

We’d recommend browsing the gallery as there are tons of excellent images and options to choose from. Once you find a good one simply download it and hit apply. The app will let owners choose if it goes to the lock screen or the home screen background, as expected. There are dozens of neat themes that will change the entire look and feel too, for those interested.

While you’re at it customize the on-screen navigation keys, change the always-on display and more. There are tons of options and controls for owners. Drop us a comment below with any other questions or concerns.

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