[5 Ways] How to Fix iOS 17 Wallpaper Bug

This passage give you 5 ways to fix the iOS 17 black wallpaper bug. If necessary, you can use the professional tool to fully back up your iPhone to avoid losing data and reset it to factory settings to solve the problem.

Kathy by Kathy Updated October 12, 2023
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iOS 17 Beta 2 wallpaper completely broken.

I just upgraded to iOS 17 beta 2 on an iPhone 14 Pro Max, and my wallpaper is completely broken. The Lock screen and Dock are both completely black. Does anyone know of a fix for this iOS 17 wallpaper not working issue?

- Question from MacRumors

Why does iOS 17 wallpaper bug occur?

Choosing a nice wallpaper for your iPhone is an important task for many people. But sometimes, iPhone users will find that their wallpaper displays as a black screen on both the Lock Screen and Home Screen, instead of showing the chosen wallpaper image.

ios 17 wallpaper not working

This issue likely stems from iOS software bugs or the occasional errors on the iPhone. You can wait for the release of a new system update to automatically fix this issue, or continue reading to explore possible solutions that might be helpful.

How to fix iOS 17 black wallpaper bug

In this part, you will find 5 ways to solve your problem. If need, you can also use the professional tool mentioned in method 5 to factory reset your iPhone without any data loss.

Method 1. Force restart iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone can be helpful in fixing many sudden issues that occur on iPhones. You can give it a try to see if it works.

blush For iPhone 8 Plus/8/X or later: Press and release the Volume Up button > Press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

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blush For iPhone 7 Plus or 7: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

blush For iPhone 6 or earlier: Press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the Apple logo is displayed on your screen.

Method 2. Set a new wallpaper

Apple has provided iPhone users with three methods to create and customize wallpapers.

blush Via Settings: Access Settings > Wallpaper > Choose Add New Wallpaper to make it.

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blush Via Lock Screen: Unlock your iPhone, then press and hold the lock screen, select Customize, and tap on the album icon.

blush Via Photos App: Open the Photos app, select the desired photo, tap the bottom-left icon, and scroll down to choose Use as Wallpaper.

If the persistent black screen issue continues to affect your wallpapers, you can try deleting all existing Lock Screen wallpapers:

Unlock your device > Long-press on the Lock Screen > Swipe up on the wallpaper you want to delete, then tap the trash button to remove it. Repeat this for all existing Lock Screen wallpapers.

remove all wallpaper

After removing all the wallpapers, you can repeat the 3 ways above to create a new wallpaper.

Method 3. Change your region

Switching your iPhone's region and then switching it back is a commonly suggested solution to fix the iOS 17 wallpaper bug.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Go to General Language & Region > Tap Region and choose a different region from your current one > Save this change > Return to the Region setting and select your original region again.

lanuage and region

Now, go back to Wallpaper in the Settings app to create a new wallpaper for your iPhone. After completing this step, your wallpaper may display correctly on your iPhone.

Method 4. Update iOS system

Many bugs, including the iOS 17 black wallpaper issue, may be addressed by Apple in future iOS updates. If you're using a beta version of iOS 17 that isn't the latest one, updating to the most recent version could potentially solve the problem, as Apple frequently releases bug fixes in newer updates.

Here's how to update your iOS beta version: Open the Settings app on your device > Tap on General > Select Software Update > If there's a newer iOS 17 beta version available, tap Download and Install to update your device.

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enlightenedIf you can't see the latest iOS 17 beta update in the Software Update section, you can go to Settings > VPN & Device Management > Choose Remove Profile and get the latest iOS 17 beta version from Apple Developer.
enlightened If this issue still isn't solved, you can choose to downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16.

Method 5. Factory reset iPhone with the professional tool

If you've exhausted all other options and the issue persists, you can consider performing a factory reset on your iPhone to potentially solve the problem.

FoneTool, an all-in-one iPhone data management app, can help you easily factory reset your iPhone to fix this problem. But factoring reset will delete all personal files on your iPhone. Luckily, FoneTool also provides the full-backup feature to back up all your iPhone data. 

Now you can download this software, then we will show you how to back up your iPhone and factory reset it with FoneTool.

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Fully Backup iPhone

Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your PC > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Choose Phone Backup > Full Backup and click Get Started. (If need, you can also go to Selective Backup to selectively back up your iPhone photos, videos, music, contacts and messages.)

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Step 3. Check Enable Backup Encryption to protect your private data if necessary. Then select a storage path to save the backup and click Start Backup to begin the task.

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Now you can easily erase your iPhone to fix the issue.

Factory Reset iPhone

Step 1. Click Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser.  

erase iphone data

Step 2. Choose Erase all data and tap Get Started. (You can also choose Erase private data to delete messages, contacts, photos, podcasts, etc.)

erase all data

Step 3. Check the instructions on the screen > Tap the Erase Data button to begin the task.

erase iphone

After the erasing, the issue may be solved. Then you can go to Backup History and click Restore dot to restore your iPhone backup.

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This message gives you 5 ways to fix the iOS 17 wallpaper bug issue. You can try them one by one to check which is the most effective way. If you need to factory reset iPhone to troubleshoot it, FoneTool can help you a lot. You can also use it to erase all podcasts efficiently when you can’t delete podcasts from iPhone.

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