With the iOS 16 update, Apple added a slew of customization options. You can set a lock screen wallpaper, where the clock and the wallpaper blend in to create a depth effect. To make the best use of this, we have listed some of our favorite depth effect wallpapers for iPhone Lock Screen.
However, picking an image for the depth effect is a hit or a miss. It only works well when there is a proper color contrast between the image subject and the background. So, if you want depth effect-ready wallpapers, scroll down. But first, you need to turn on the depth effect on iOS 16 for the wallpapers to work.
How to Enable Depth Effect on iPhone Lock Screen
Step 1: Open the photo you want to set as the lock screen wallpaper. Tap on the Share button.
Step 2: Now, tap on ‘Use as Wallpaper’.
Step 3: If you use a compatible image, the wallpaper will get automatically cropped and the depth effect will be added.
If not, you can ‘Pinch to Crop’ and move the image near the clock.
Step 4: However, if you still do not get the depth effect, tap on the three dots icon and ensure the ‘Depth Effect’ wallpaper is selected.
Step 5: Tap on Done. Now select ‘Set as Wallpaper Pair’.
If you are facing any issues, read: Fix Depth Effect Wallpaper not working on iPhone
Now, that we know how to set a lock screen wallpaper with a depth effect, check out the below wallpapers and download them for free.
Best iPhone Lock Screen Wallpaper With Depth Effect
Here are some Depth Effect wallpapers that we want to share with you.
Also Read : Download iOS 17 wallpapers (4K) for your iPhone
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1. Spaceman Wallpaper
We really loved this render of a person in a space suit, probably trying to make something out of the planet they are on. Perhaps a preview of what the first humans might look like on Mars? Well, keep your imagination wide open, as you stare at this on your iPhone lock screen. We love how cool this one looks!
2. Rustic Building Lock Screen Wallpaper
With the red-colored clock, this wallpaper did set really well on the lock screen. While there are more building wallpapers in this list, the classic look of this one and the way it helped use the depth effect is why we featured it in this list.
3. Lighthouse Depth Effect Background for iPhone
A tall lighthouse, in all its glory, not only helps ships find their way home safely but also helped us with a good wallpaper for the depth effect on iOS 16. We’re not sure how you like our jokes, but we’re sure you will love this wallpaper.
4. Orange and White Building
At this point, we can safely conclude buildings go best with the depth effect of iOS 16. So here’s another one. We set a blue-colored clock with a classic font, and we’re a fan of how it looks.
5. Snow-Capped Mountain Depth Effect Wallpaper
A pink sky and beautiful snow are all you need for a good-looking iOS 16 lock screen wallpaper that sets the zen vibe right away.
6. A Highway Leading to a Mountains
If only AC/DC released ‘Highway to Heaven’ instead, we’re sure this could be the album art. While the probability of that happening is close to zero, you can certainly use this as a depth effect wallpaper for iPhone.
7. Cool Yellow Architecture Wallpaper
This is another wallpaper that we really liked. While it seems a bit zoomed in without revealing the entire building, we’re sure you will like an abstract, architectural wallpaper.
8. Naruto Anime Wallpaper for iPhone
For all of you anime fans, here’s a wallpaper from our end. Show some love for Naruto by using this as your lock screen wallpaper on iOS 16.
9. Minimal iOS 16 Lock Screen Wallpaper
If you want to experience the depth effect but do not want a lot of elements on the wallpaper, here’s the one you can pick from this list.
10. Batman Lock Screen Wallpaper
There you go, a great Batman wallpaper for your iOS 16 lock screen. Love the good old Bruce Wayne stare, though!
11. Spiderman Wallpaper
Another superhero wallpaper that goes well with the depth effect on the iOS 16 lock screen. Download away!
12. Grayscale Building
We’re a huge fan of this wallpaper, and how well it goes with a black clock against the white background.
13. Bird iOS 16 Lock Screen Wallpaper
There’s no sweeter sight than a colorful bird on your lock screen. And it works very well with the depth effect too.
14. Animated Batman Wallpaper
Here’s another Batman depth effect wallpaper, but a funkier and a cooler one.
15. Hot Air Balloon Lock Screen Wallpaper
The hot air balloon with the depth effect makes a great lock screen wallpaper and you can’t deny it!
16. Abstract 3D Sphere
Another abstract lock screen wallpaper for iOS 16, with a good depth effect.
17. Desert Wallpaper
The horizon of a desert blends very well with the clock, creating a good effect. This is one of our favorites, and we’re sure you will like it too.
18. Buzz Lightyear iPhone Background
The one for all the Toy Story fans. This is perhaps the best-looking iOS 16 depth effect wallpaper on this list if you ask us.
19. Colorful Building Wallpaper
We personally used this wallpaper for quite some time on our iOS 16 lock screen, and we could not wait to share it with you. Isn’t it beautiful?
20. Skyscraper Wallpaper
Here’s a good, modern skyscraper background for your iPhone. It also creates a fantastic depth effect too!
21. Lake Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s a beautiful grayscale wallpaper, that adds a depth effect for the fisherman. We like how simple it looks and if you love a greyscale theme that doesn’t hurt your eyes, then this wallpaper is for you.
22. Mountain Peak Wallpaper
Here’s a beautiful Mountain Peak wallpaper for your iPhone. We especially love how the reflection looks in this wallpaper!
23. Rocky Mountain Wallpaper
Mountains look the best along with the depth effect on the lock screen of your iPhone. Here’s a brown, rocky mountain wallpaper for you!
24. 3D Depth Effect Wallpaper for iPhone
Here’s an abstract 3D art wallpaper for your iPhone that adds a subtle depth effect for the clock on your lock screen.
25. Sunset Beach Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s a beautiful wallpaper of a beach, with the hues of sunset. We like how calming the wallpaper looks to the eye!
26. Abstract Depth Effect Wallpaper
If you aren’t a fan of photographic images as your wallpaper, here’s an abstract and a colorful wallpaper for you!
27. Ocean Tower Wallpaper
Wallpapers with buildings and towers are great options that work with the depth effect on your iPhone. Here’s a wallpaper of a tower in the middle of the ocean!
28. Beach Ball Wallpaper
We found this one to be quite unique for a depth effect wallpaper. Here’s a challenge – why don’t you try replicating this wallpaper on your next beach outing?
29. Dollar Bill Depth Effect Wallpaper
We all love a shiny Dollar bill, don’t we? Here’s a wallpaper of one, that fits perfectly well with the depth effect on the lock screen of your iPhone!
30. Astronaut Wallpaper With a Cool Background
Here’s a wallpaper of an astronaut, who is trying to elevate himself with balloons. Quite a creative illustration indeed!
Image Credit: Alex Shipper
31. Breaking Bad Depth Effect Wallpaper
Walter White, aka. Heisenberg was a total menace in Breaking Bad. If you’re in love with the character and the show – then you’ll love this wallpaper too!
32. Cat Depth Effect Wallpaper
While people often fight about varied opinions and argue with each other in the comment sections of social media platforms – what unites all of us is an amusing cat image. Cats can be hailed as the peacemakers of the online world – and to honor them all, here’s a depth effect wallpaper for your iPhone!
33. Empire State Building Depth Effect Wallpaper
As we’ve seen before, skyscrapers and buildings are your best choice for a depth effect wallpaper on the lock screen. Here’s a wallpaper of the Empire State Building!
34. Glass Slab With a 3D Effect Wallpaper
If you’re a fan of abstract wallpapers, then this one is for you. Here’s a glass slab wallpaper that creates a unique, transparent depth effect on your iPhone!
Image Credit: 8machine
35. Golden Gate Bridge Depth Effect Wallpaper
If you’re a fan of iconic American architecture, then it goes without saying you love the Golden Gate Bridge. Go on then, download this lock screen wallpaper for your iPhone!
Image Credit: Infinity Pixels
36. Hot Air Baloon Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s a hot air balloon wallpaper, that creates an impressive depth effect on the lock screen for your iPhone!
Image Credit: Vuk Andric
37. Museum of the Future Depth Effect Wallpaper
Dubai is the home of futuristic architecture – and if you’re a fan, here’s a wallpaper of the marvellous Museum of Future!
38. Spiderman Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s another depth effect wallpaper for all you Spiderman fans!
39. Mountain Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s a depth effect wallpaper of a scenic view of a mighty mountain that is hidden behind another one!
40. Tower Depth Effect Wallpaper
Here’s another wallpaper of a tall tower that creates a superb depth effect with the clock on the lock screen of your iPhone!
Image Credit: Jelique Edward
Enjoy Depth Effect on Lock Screen With These Wallpapers
These are some of our favorite depth effect wallpapers for iPhone. We are huge fans of this feature and it gets addictive at times. However, note that this feature only works on iPhones running iOS 16 (iPhone 8 and above).
So what are you waiting for? Download them all and make the best use of this feature! Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this brand-new lock screen in the comments below. Additionally, you can also check out these iPhone 15 wallpapers if you don’t plan to buy the device yet!
Last updated on 28 November, 2023
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