How to Change WhatsApp Background Wallpaper

You’ll see the steps to change the wallpaper for specific chats and all chats on WhatsApp in this post.

I use Windows 11 PC, iPhone X, and Pixel 4a (Android 12). Let’s start.

Note: You can’t change the WhatsApp home screen wallpaper.

How to Change WhatsApp Background Wallpaper (Specific Chat)

Note: You can’t change the chat wallpaper for individual chats on WhatsApp Web.

You can change the individual chat wallpaper in the WhatsApp app, and here’s how you can do that on an Android device or iPhone:

Android Phone

Here’s how to change the chat background on WhatsApp for one chat:

Open the chat in the Chats tab. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right and select “Wallpaper.”

If you’re on a dark theme, you can see your current wallpaper, and beneath it, you can view “Change.” Tap on it.

Choose the wallpaper you prefer. If you like the default one, select “Default Wallpaper.”

You may now see the preview and if you like it, select the Set Wallpaper button at the bottom.

In the pop-up, you’ll see these two options:

  • For this chat (contact or group name) – Apply the wallpaper only for this chat.
  • For all chats in (dark or light) theme – Applies wallpaper to all the conversations in the dark or light theme. It isn’t the case for conversations for which you set the custom wallpaper.

Here, I choose the former. Tap OK.

That’s all.

Notes

  • The slider beneath Wallpaper Dimming is for brightness. Slide it to the right to decrease the brightness and to the left to increase it. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.
  • If you would like to remove the wallpaper you set for the chat, follow the steps above, and you’ll see Remove custom wallpaper. In the popup, select Remove.

iPhone

Here are the steps to change the chat wallpaper on WhatsApp for an individual contact or group:

  1. Slide the group or contact chat to the left in the Chats tab.
  2. Select Group Info or Contact Info, depending on what you see.
  3. You can see Wallpaper & Sound between Mute and Save to Camera Roll. Tap on it.
  4. Select Choose a New Wallpaper under Custom Wallpaper and select the one you prefer.
  5. You can now see the preview, and if you like it, tap Set at the bottom.

That’s it.

Notes

  • Keep in mind that the slider at the bottom is for brightness. Slide it to the right to decrease the brightness and to the left to increase it. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.
  • To remove the wallpaper you set for the WhatsApp chat, follow the steps above and see Remove Custom Wallpaper. In the popup, select Remove Custom Wallpaper.

How to Change WhatsApp Background Wallpaper (All Chats)

Remember:

  • The following steps don’t override the wallpaper you set for individual chats.
  • The wallpaper you set in the light theme won’t be available in the dark theme and vice versa. In other words, set the wallpaper for each theme separately.

Please see the steps to do it on Android, WhatsApp Web, and iPhone.

Android

Here are the steps:

Launch WhatsApp and tap the three vertical dots at the top right.

Select Settings > Chats > Wallpaper.

Tap Change and choose the one you prefer. If you like the default wallpaper, select Default Wallpaper.

You can now see the preview and if you like it, select the Set Wallpaper button at the bottom.

That’s it.

Notes

  • The slider beneath Wallpaper Dimming is for brightness. Slide it to the right to decrease the brightness and to the left to increase it. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.
  • You can reset all the WhatsApp wallpapers. Here’s how: follow the steps above. After tapping “Change,” you’ll see three vertical dots at the top right. Tap Reset wallpaper settings and select Reset in the popup.

iPhone

Open the WhatsApp app and select Settings at the bottom. Select Chats and then “Chat Wallpaper.”

If your iPhone is in dark mode, you can see “Choose Dark Mode Wallpaper.” Otherwise, you can see “Choose a New Wallpaper.”

Can you please select it and choose the wallpaper you prefer? If you like the default wallpaper, tap the Default Wallpaper.

You can now see the preview and if you like it, tap Set at the bottom.

That’s all.

Notes

  • You can adjust the brightness of the wallpaper by using the slider at the bottom. Slide it to the right to decrease brightness and to the left to increase brightness. It only applies if you’re in the dark theme.
  • The Reset option at the top right will reset all WhatsApp wallpapers. If you wish, tap on it and select Reset from the popup.

WhatsApp Web

Open WhatsApp Web and click on the three vertical dots at the top right of the left sidebar.

Select Settings and select Chat Wallpaper between “Theme” and “Archived Chats.”

Choose the wallpaper you prefer. If you like the default one, select “Default.”

If you want WhatsApp doodles on the wallpaper, select “Add WhatsApp Doodles.” Otherwise, unselect it.

That’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Change WhatsApp Background Wallpaper,” is helpful for you.

Thanks for reading.