Spice up your iPhone with some creative wallpapers

A Japanese designer is injecting some flair into wallpaper designs.

I’m not the guy who likes to customize the look and feel of my iPhone. I usually don’t use cases, though I did when I had the jet black iPhone 7 because of its susceptibility to “micro-abrasions”, in Apple’s lingo. Usually the iPhone or iPad ship with wallpapers that are good enough for most people.

This year though, the options were a bit lacking. The OLED screen opens up a whole new universe of possibilities, so I did a quick web search with the intention of finding one, downloading it, installing it, and nothing thinking about it again for at least a year.

Fortunately, the first hit that came up was a story by BGR about a Japanese designer who had updated his creative collection of iPhone wallpapers to fit the 6.5” iPhone XS Max screen. I clicked through and was blown away.

The designer is Hideaki Nakatani, and he came to prominence a few years ago when he found some glitches in iOS that opened the door to some creative designs. BGR takes it from here:

The most popular one was a special black wallpaper that caused the iPhone’s dock and folder backgrounds to disappear. It looked so cool on the Jet Black iPhone 7, which was brand new at the time. Sadly, Apple fixed all of the little bugs in iOS that made those wallpapers possible, but that hasn’t stopped Nakatani from cooking up a bunch of new options for iPhone users.

I ended up downloading dozens of them to test out, and absolutely love them. There are probably thousands of websites out there offering free wallpaper downloads, but this was the most creative site I’d ever come across.

Even if you don’t have the iPhone XS, there are plenty of wallpapers for previous versions of the iPhone. Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

Cam Macmurchy

Hi! My name is Cam MacMurchy. I was born and raised in Canada and worked as a journalist before moving to China in 2004.

Today I work in Hong Kong as the Vice President of Corporate Communications of a listed company. I write about marketing, communications, and journalism, as well as technology and productivity, and anything else on my mind! I also occasionally contribute to 9to5Mac, one of the top Apple websites in the world, and run Executive Productivity. Contact me anytime.