How to add depth effects to photos on iOS 16/iPhone

The new depth effect wallpapers feature of iOS 16 is surprising and one of the impressive features Apple has made for iPhone users. However, many users are not sure how to enable and add depth effect to photos on iOS 16 lock screen. It’s been over two months since this new feature landed. Still, many geeks are struggling to use depth effect wallpaper on iOS 16.

Many iPhone users are still struggling to use the depth effect feature on iOS 16. Many have tried to create depth effect wallpapers on iOS 16 but they couldn’t do it because they thought that depth effect not working or greyed out on iOS 16. Don’t worry because here we explained how to use the depth effect on iOS 16 iPhone lock screen.

How to add depth effects to photos on iOS 16/iPhone

Remark: Let’s start the process of how it works and how to activate and apply depth effect wallpaper on iOS 16.

  1. First, long press the lock screen and it will ask you to unlock it to edit.
  2. Then enter the lock screen passcode.
  3. Swipe left, then tap the blue + icon.
  4. Then choose the photo you want to set as wallpaper. Provide a clearly visible and clear subject as a portrait photo.
  5. Now tap on the three dots in the bottom right corner.
  6. Then select the depth effect to turn it on.
  7. Tap Done in the top right corner of the screen.

Here’s how to add depth effect to photos on iOS 16 lock screen. However, some users can’t add depth effect to wallpaper on iOS 16. Let’s see why iOS 16 depth effect doesn’t work.

Why depth effect not working on iOS 16?

Since the Depth Effect iOS 16 feature supports an A12 bionic chip, make sure you have an iPhone XR or higher model.

iOS 16 will not work on iPhone if you have added widgets. So you need to remove widgets from the lock screen to use the depth effect.

Make sure the image you’re using for the depth effect on the lock screen is in portrait mode or has the object highlighted.


After reading the above article carefully, you will know how to add and use depth effects on photos on iOS 16 with iPhone. If you have any questions about the depth effect on iPhone, don’t hesitate to ask us through the comment box.

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