I had a wallpaper on my iPhone (running iOS 12), which I had to change (because details were incorrect). So far so good, but I made the mistake of changing both.

How can I get a plain background on the Home Screen without any distracting graphics?

I seem to be able to select a Black background, but nothing else from the default wallpaper set. I am sure there were more options on older iOS versions.

  • Do you also have a mac computer? – jmh Apr 16 at 3:13
  • Frankly I don't understand the desire of some on this site to edit questions (with trivial changes) rather than post answers or comments. The answers so far boil down to - it isn't possible - you have to make your own image. – Milliways Apr 16 at 12:47
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    Question titles should indicate what the question is about, ideally already phrases as a question itself. – nohillside Apr 16 at 12:55
  • Seconding what @nohillside said. Also, this may be sweet to have :) – Nimesh Neema Apr 16 at 12:58

I'm assuming you are selecting from the official backgrounds that are under Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper menu. There used to be more plain backgrounds available, but Apple keeps removing the older ones after each iOS update. If you want to access older iOS wallpapers, check out this gallery (there are some plain backgrounds under iOS 7):

In case you want to set your own wallpaper, simply save the image to your gallery, tap the share icon on the bottom left, and select the Use as Wallpaper option.

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    This is an interesting link, but does not answer the question "How can I get a plain background on the home screen without any distracting graphics?" I ended up creating a plain image. – Milliways Apr 16 at 11:51
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    Hyperlink like the one provided (shared library) are liable to break. Can you provide a link for more persistent resource? – Nimesh Neema Apr 16 at 12:47
  • @Milliways I explained how to set a custom wallpaper in the last paragraph. From there, you could download any image that you'd like to set as your background. Are you asking me to provide plain images? That's a bit subjective—although in the link I provided, there are some plain wallpapers from Apple. – Larry Apr 17 at 3:37
  • @NimeshNeema This gallery is the one that people usually cite. There are some sites that contain some of them, but they aren't as complete. I'll see if I can find alternative sources. – Larry Apr 17 at 3:37

How can I get a plain background on the home screen without any distracting graphics?

By default, iOS 12 contain only one solid colored image for wallpaper which is Black.

It is not possible via built-in iOS Wallpaper setting to generate random solid color for use as Home Screen and/or Lock Screen background. To get a plain background on your Home screen, you simply need to obtain/generate a solid colored image with the desired background colour.

The same is illustrated below step-by-step:

  1. Obtain/generate an image with the desired background colour. It's not mandatory, but generally a good idea to match the image resolution with the device screen resolution or get a higher resolution one. One is attached for example below. It's an image with the color code #767676 with 3360 × 2100 resolution.

  2. Now save it in the Photos app on your iPhone. There are multiple ways to do so, you can AirDrop it from your another device, transfer via a messenger app, email it to yourself, or simply host it somewhere, open it in Safari and save it in Photos. You should have the image appear in your Camera Roll.

  3. Select the image or tap to view it. Tap on the Share button at the bottom left of the screen to open the Share sheet and tap Use as Wallpaper option in the bottom row.

  4. You'll be shown a preview of the screen with the image set as wallpaper. Select Still (as there's no point in selecting Perspective as its a solid image) and tap on Set button.

  5. Now you'll be prompted to set the image as wallpaper for either Lock Screen, Home Screen or both. Since you require plain background only on the Home Screen, tap on Set Home Screen.

  6. Voila, your new Home Screen background is set with the solid color of your choosing. I personally like this color as it lets me clearly see all the app icons along with their names.

  • "...match the image resolution with the device screen resolution or get a higher resolution..." I would assume this does not matter for a solid coloured background picture. Or do you have any indication that iOS introduces artifacts when scaling up? – Emil Apr 16 at 12:53
  • @Emil I do not have any solid knowledge about quality degradation, it's just a solid colored image. Just thought it to be a good idea to match the resolution (especially when dealing with compressed JPEG and PNG images). – Nimesh Neema Apr 16 at 12:55

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