The wallpaper is one of the first things you notice every time you use your device, whether you’re glancing at the Lock screen to view the time, or accessing the Home screen to launch an app. With that in mind, shouldn’t your wallpaper captivate your interest?

It can be challenging to choose a single wallpaper to use all the time, but with a new free jailbreak tweak called UnsplashWalls by iOS developer ipad_kid, you won’t have to. It can keep things exciting by randomizing your iPhone’s wallpaper on demand.

As the name implies, UnsplashWalls sources new wallpapers from Unsplash, a popular website for free stock images. Fortunately, the tweak automatically maintains the appropriate resolution upon setting images as your wallpaper, so they should never look distorted or stretched.

To start using the tweak after installation, you should visit the preference pane to configure its settings:

Here, you can decide whether wallpaper images get saved to the Camera Roll or not, and you can assign Activator gestures to any of the following actions:

  • Setting both the Home screen and Lock screen wallpapers
  • Setting just the Home screen wallpaper, and not the Lock screen wallpaper
  • Setting only the Lock screen wallpaper, and not the Home screen wallpaper

Once satisfied with your Activator gesture selections, you can invoke one whenever you’re ready. Within a few moments, your wallpaper should change to an entirely random image taken from Unsplash.

If you happen to come across a wallpaper that you don’t like, use the Activator gesture once more to update it yet again. Notably, there seems to be a delay that prevents your wallpaper from being changed too many times consecutively. If you encounter this, then merely wait a few moments and try again; it should work after some persistence.

Anyone interested in trying UnsplashWalls can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The tweak works on all jailbroken iOS 7-10 devices, and you’ll require Activator to configure the wallpaper-changing gestures.

Note: You can implement a similar wallpaper-changing experience on your Mac with Irvue. Check out our full post about it to learn how it’s used.

Do you admire the concept behind UnsplashWalls? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.

  • Jynto

    Wallmart on the BigBoss repo (spell it with a double-L) does basically this for a locally stored photo album. It’s one of my favourite tweaks since I have a very large collection of wallpapers and this lets me see all of them. And yes, it is totally compatible with iOS 10. Really wish Apple would hurry up and add this to stock iOS already.

    • igobythisname

      does Wallmart support iCloud photo albums? that’s where I have my wallpapers saved.

      edit: the one in BigBoss is v2.0-1 and says for iOS 8; which version are you running on iOS 10?

      • Argiolus

        I’m using Wallmart 2.0-1 on iOS 10.2, iPhone 6s. It works fine. I second the desire for this to be included in stock iOS, it’s one of the things I miss most on non-jailbroken devices as I have built up a collection of hundreds of wallpapers over time.

      • igobythisname

        yessir! thanks, @Jynto:disqus , I have downloaded Wallmart (6S+ on iOS 10.0.2) and although not perfect, it’s working without crashing. Wallmart + Evanesco and I’m here at work and can’t stop staring at my phone 😀 😀 😀 jailbreak ftw!!! now I only wish it had transitions/effects, that would be SUPERB!!!!

  • igobythisname

    what images does this tweak use, it’s own or ones from your camera roll? I use to be huge huge huggggge fan of SpringPaper, it even supported iCloud photo albums, which is where I store my wallpapers; the shuffle algorithm wasn’t that great but overall it was one of my favorite tweaks, unfortunately it hasn’t been updated for iOS 10 🙁

    • It uses images from Unsplash.

      • igobythisname

        cool, thanks for the response!