Set Video as your iPhone’s Wallpaper with Native iPhone App – vWallPaper

You might have changed the background image or wallpaper of your iPhone to give it a personal touch, but what if you could set a video as your iPhone wallpaper. Would you be interested?

If "Yes" then checkout vWallpaper, the latest native iPhone application that lets you do exactly that.

vWallpaper is a cool native iPhone application by developer Eric Degrange which allows iPhone users to replace the boring static wallpaper with dynamic videos in the .mov format.

Based on some reports, the iPhone application is a significant drain on battery and is still a little buggy in its initial version. Some One of the known issues with the intial version of vWallpaper are that the auto-lock doesn’t seem to work with the application running in the background and some users are also complaining that the camera app is not working while vWallpaper is activated.

You can checkout the YouTube vide of vWallpaper working in the background below:

How do I set a video as a Wallpaper on my iPhone?

As always don’t forget to take a backup of your iPhone before hacking it.

You can check out these posts on how to jailbreak your iPhone which will also install the Installer App: ZiPhone 3.0 – New version of Popular tool to JailBreak and Unlock iPhone or iLiberty: Easy to use Application to JailBreak, Activate and Unlock iPhone.

You can then install the native application via Installer app but you will
still need to get your hands dirty with some command line work to copy
the video files to the application folder.

To install the application via the Installer you need to add the software repository Here are the simple steps that you need to follow to achieve this:

  • Launch the Installer app by tapping its icon on your iPhone’s home screen.
  • Tap “Sources” button.
  • Then tap “Edit” in the upper-right corner.
  • And tap “Add” in the upper-left corner.
  • Enter the URL of the iPhone Video Recorder source:
  • Press “OK”
  • Installer app will add the source, and you will be able to find vWallpaper in the normal “Install” menu.

After vWallpaper is installed on your iPhone you need to put some movie files on your iPhone in the appropriate application directory.

Here are the instructions that you need to follow:

  • Install an SSH client or file transfter utility capable of transferring files via secure copy (scp), like Cyberduck for Mac OS X or WinSCP for Windows.
  • Determine your iPhone’s IP address — make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, then get its IP address by tapping Settings, then “Wi-Fi,” — tap the arrow next to the name of the Wi-Fi network to which your iPhone and look at the IP Address.
  • Connect to the iPhone in your file transfer utility, using the username root and password alpine
  • If you’re using a command-line client (such as the Terminal in Mac OS X Type scp -r
  • Put properly sized movie files (320×480, for the iPhone’s screen) in the following directories: /Applications/ and /Library/Skrew/Videos. A modmyifone thread links to some great sample videos. (Alternatively )
  • After the movie files have been copied, restart your iPhone, then use vWallpaper to set your wallpaper movie.


  • You could alternatively also use iPhone Softwares such as Megaphone (previously known as iPhoneDrive) for Mac or TouchCopy for Windows which are available for a fee to copy the movie files to the following directories: /Applications/ and /Library/Skrew/Videos.
  • After the movie files have been copied, restart your iPhone, then use vWallpaper to set your wallpaper movie.

You can download some good sample videos from this modmyifone thread.

As always, it will be great to get your feedback on vWallpaper in the comments below.

[via iPhoneAtlas]


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  • alexg626

    I tried it and it was easy to install. It comes with 2 videos on it but i was not able to add a video my self.

  • alexg626

    I found it, the path i use was

  • Thx alexg626

  • This is now at version 0.6 and many of those initial problems like camera and ipod not working while it's activated are now fixed, I believe the only bug still there is the auto lock one…been using this since the first release a few days back and have not noticed any significang battery drain while it is running, this has to be put forward for the best app of 2008.

  • alexg626

    I changed a .mp4 file to .mov and it works fine.

  • Hey Kane2007uk,

    Thanks for the feedback, its good to know that the some of the known issues have been fixed with the latest version of vWallpaper.

    I have also updated the post accordingly.


  • No problem, glad to have helped 🙂

  • Damn Skrew is a fast worker, 0.7 now available, the download option has been activated 🙂

  • Marcelo Arteiro

    Hey folks, I don't know if you all have noticed but if you look into the reflect it's possible to see that the guy is using another iphne to record the video. And the quality is much betetr than uShou or Iphone Video Recorder. Hight frame rate!

    Does anyone knows what software would this be?


  • CerealKiller

    Sorry I have been out for a while, but this APP is amazing! Works Great! and the new version 7 that came out today you can download them! Now all we need is a delete!

  • CerealKiller

    Also, if you don't have any sound coming out (Lock, Unlock etc) than just go to your iPhone settings and "Reset all settings"

    Note: this will reset only your sounds and brightness, all you have to do is reset them back to the way you want them, this will fix all the sounds!

  • CerealKiller

    Note: Version 0.8 nows provides the feature to DELETE!!!!!!!!!

  • vishal

    it works fine. just one problem, when i touch any portion of the screen after its on, the colors get mashed up and the video, even though it is still on comes out to be very messed up. any idea why? and any solution? your help and hard work is higly appreciated.

  • whaye

    I follow the instruction on this page to install the Vwallpaper, I install the vwallpaper video, But the vwallpaper on my screen is not working, how can I install that? let me know please.

  • thx55

    can you send mov files to the iphone without using wifi?

  • Even this post is old.
    I want to reply that you can use Iphone browser to transfer files to iphone using the usb cable; that is if you have a pc!

  • HIK

    The background stops when you play music…


    whats up with 3gs, is this version of vwallpaper released?

  • wes

    i have a 3gs, the app works fine for me. Just have some of the same issues as other users, no auto lock and background 'animation' stops when music is playing.

  • ouhh yeah : a great collection of wallpaper but I still not have an iphone

  • Awesome post! Love it!

  • What video format does vWallpaper is belonged to? They are .mov, .mp4, or Motion JPEG (M-JPEG)? Could I create a video of .mp4 like vWallpaper for my iphone 4 with video converter which offer edit option for users like ifunia video converter but not handbrake? What I want to say can I use .mp4 video as wallpaper just like vWallpaper done.

  • Dannie

    auto lock and background ‘animation’ stops when music is playing.