There’s no doubt one of iOS 16’s most exciting updates is the new lock screen – you can add widgets, change the font, and colors to personalize your device more than ever before. One of the most unique features about this new update? The Depth Effect.

With the Depth Effect, you can really bring your iPhone to life and have subjects pop out of your lock screen. There are a ton of creative uses and looks with the Depth Effect, but it can be hard to narrow down the right wallpapers that work perfectly with it – however, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve hand-selected some of the best Depth Effect-ready wallpapers for you to get started with customizing your iOS 16 lock screen. Let’s check them out.

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Depth Effect Wallpaper Tips & Criteria

Before we jump into the wallpapers, here are some tips and tricks for making the most of a Depth Effect wallpaper setup:

  • Ensure you’ve got no widgets below the clock on your lock screen setup (widgets placed above the clock are fine!)
  • All the images in this round-up are Depth Effect-compatible, but if you’re using your own images, press the 3 dots on the bottom-right corner of the lock screen setup while in edit mode, and from there, you’ll see whether or not Depth Effect is grayed out.
  • When looking for a good Depth Effect image, you want to ensure that the subject is clearly distinguished from the background, and that the image is high resolution.
  • You may need to pinch and zoom to crop your image and get your subject overlapping the clock – ultimately creating the Depth Effect.
  • There are two ways to add a Depth Effect wallpaper to your lock screen:
    • From the Photos app: Go to the photo you would like to use in your camera roll, hit the share bottom bottom-left, scroll to ‘Use as Wallpaper’, and build your lock screen!
    • From the lock screen setup page: Hard press on your lock screen wallpaper, swipe all the way to the right until you see the ‘Add New’. Hit the plus sign, and select Photos top-left, then select your desired Depth Effect wallpaper from your camera roll. If you’re already setting up a lock screen or making an edit to an existing one, you can simply tap the photo icon bottom-left to change out the wallpaper.

The Best Depth Effect Wallpapers to Get Started

Mountain & Landscapes Depth Effect Wallpapers

Mountain & Landscapes Depth Effect WallpapersWallpaper and layouts by u/shriksr and u/cskarev on Reddit

Urban & Cityscapes Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Urban Wallpaper Collection

Urban & Cityscapes Depth Effect WallpapersWallpapers and layouts by u/shriksr on Reddit

Travel & Destinations Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Travel & Destinations Depth Effect WallpapersBeach wallpaper and layout by u/shriksr on Reddit

Anime Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Princess Mononoke Wallpaper

Anime Depth Effect Wallpapers

Cyberpunk Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Los Angeles Night Wallpaper

Cyberpunk Depth Effect Wallpapers

Gaming Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Gaming Depth Effect WallpapersFirewatch layout by u/ginksmokebacon

Marvel Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Marvel Depth Effect WallpapersLayouts by @PatManansala_, u/Significant-Chef-656, u/StonyShark

Tumblr Aesthetic Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Tumblr Aesthetic Depth Effect Wallpapers

3D Conceptual & Abstract Depth Effect Wallpapers

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3D Pink Sakura Island Wallpaper

3D Conceptual & Abstract Depth Effect Wallpapers

Sports & Athletes Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Sports & Athletes Depth Effect WallpapersJonathan Kuminga layout by @kumingamuse on Twitter

Music & Artists Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Music & Artists Depth Effect WallpapersLayouts by @huntys_pov, @adilsonmellof, u/Tomrest, u/UnboundHeteroglossia

Desert Depth Effect Wallpapers

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Desert Depth Effect Wallpapers

Which of these depth effect wallpapers are your favorite? Any that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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