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When I was looking for winter wallpaper for my iPhone, I mostly found Christmas options. And don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas, but what about once the holidays are over?
In my book, January and February are the months to embrace the stillness of winter.
Christmas is all about the hustle and bustle of the holidays and is filled with singing, presents, food, and clutter, but January and February show how magical the quiet part of winter can be.
I like to get cozy in January and February and enjoy the winter season. As much as I love warm weather (and believe me, I really miss summer weather during these months), there is something beautiful about the seasons changing. I also like to bring elements of this coziness and the winter vibe into my life.
These winter wallpaper options should help you do just that! They’re pretty varied but all capture the essence of winter.
I included a variety of serene shots and winter shots that are just breathtaking. My hope is that these winter wallpaper downloads for your iPhone will reflect that quiet magic that winter holds, regardless of the holiday season.
How to Save on the Phone:
Press and hold the photo that you want and click save to iPhone. This should work on Androids as well! Once you’ve saved the photo to your camera roll, you can go into settings and change your winter wallpaper.
Note: You can use any of these winter wallpaper options for either your home screen, lock screen, or both. Your iPhone gives you the option to use a different wallpaper for each screen, which is a fun way to incorporate more photos.
I like to use a bolder wallpaper as my lock screen and I choose a more muted wallpaper for my home screen.
For me, this makes it easier to see my apps over my home screen’s wallpaper, but this is a personal preference and will depend on your phone’s aesthetic.
If you really love a winter wallpaper but are having trouble using it on your home screen, try using an editing app (I love Tezza and Canva for this) to add a muted overlay over the photo. This should make it easier to use under your apps.
Winter Wallpaper For iPhone:
Scroll through and check out these winter wallpaper options!
There are many different types, so keep scrolling if you don’t see something you like. Feel free to save as many as you’d like.
Because all of these shots will look a little different when they’re showing on your lock screen or home screen, I recommend saving a bunch and then trying them out all at once to see what you actually like.
For a cozy winter wallpaper, this one is definitely one you should consider getting for your phone! I love the moody and wintry atmosphere in this photo so much!
Missing traveling during this season? Then you should try using this photo as your winter wallpaper for something to look forward to! This winter wallpaper also reminds me of the movie, Murder On The Orient Express, another movie that’s perfect to watch during the winter season.
Even during the winter season, the city is still quite busy with the hustle and bustle of cars and people. While the weather is frigid and not ideal, I love the busy streets and how it looks alive even under such circumstances. But because I’ll most likely be at home, this photo can serve as my winter wallpaper inspiration.
I can feel and smell the scent of trees and the forest in this photo, making me miss camping even in the winter season. But because it’s too cold outside, I’ll settle for this as my wallpaper for now. Just looking at it makes me excited, though!
For some reason, this wallpaper makes me hopeful for the future and my life ahead. Especially now that we’re heading into the new year. Right now, it’s frigid and cold because of the winter season, but for sure, there are brighter days ahead.
For the city girls out there, this wallpaper is perfect for you! I love the aesthetic of this photo and the contrasts of color against the wintry and frosty atmosphere.
If you want something moody, mysterious, and even a little dark for your winter wallpaper, then you might love this one. It’s actually a favorite of mine on this list! Not to mention, the black and white filter makes this look a little vintage which is something I love as well.
Here’s another cozy wallpaper you’re sure to love! This makes me miss the great outdoors, nature, the forests, and the trees and the refreshing scent they bring. The snowy mountains just make this photo even more gorgeous!
This snowy street wallpaper is utterly stunning! And the street lights and Christmas lights hanging around the establishments make this photo even more beautiful and glowing.
This vintage courtyard is just so beautiful. I love the style of the cobbled walls and how the greenery gives it just the right amount of color. It’s a great wallpaper for those who are into the dark academia aesthetic.
I love how photos like this instantly give off a cozy vibe and atmosphere. The whole scenery is utterly breathtaking! I have always wanted a cottage by the lake, but I’ll settle for this wallpaper, for now, to use as my inspiration.
If you’ve been staying in the suburbs or the countryside during the holidays and you’re missing city life, then why not use this wallpaper for your phone in the meantime to ease your nostalgia for the bustling city? Despite the dreary winter, I love how the photo still looks pretty festive with the garlands hanging overhead.
This photo just reminds me how fast life is in the city and before you know it, we are well on our way to a new year. Moreover, I just love the look of the city during the winter season. I love how moody it gets!
There’s something a bit spooky about this photo to me. The way the lone person has his lights on as he looks overhead, not knowing what is in front of him. So if you’re into that rather thrilling vibe, this wallpaper is for you.
Lamp posts are so pretty, and they light our way through the dark as we walk across streets and houses. I also love how this wallpaper has a single focus, making it so perfect as a phone background.
I love the look of small and sleepy towns. There is just something so moody and mysterious about them, but that’s most likely my imagination talking from all the fiction novels I read. Nevertheless, this is a gorgeous wallpaper to put on your phone this winter season.
Here’s another frosty glimpse of the streets in the city during the cold months of the year. Truthfully, there is something really beautiful about the snow despite the harsh weather it brings, which makes this such a good phone wallpaper.
If you like the look of busy streets where cars and people pack the city, then you will certainly love this as your phone wallpaper. It even gives you a look at the stoplights you see a lot on the streets.
This phone wallpaper makes me miss going on winter vacations where you see beautiful snow-covered mountains and cozy small villages. There’s just something so naturally festive and magical about places like these!
I love this shot of a corner street during the winter season! It really reminds me that everything is still alive and thriving even during such harsh weather. Not to mention, it’s as beautiful as phone wallpaper.
I love the look of the trees in this photo. It gives a gloomy, moody, and mysterious vibe altogether, especially with the wintry atmosphere surrounding it.
There’s something truly gorgeous about these kinds of Christmas trees, reminding me of a beautiful winter wonderland every time winter rolls around this time of year.
You’ll see a lot of quiet trees or field shots on here, either during or just after a snowfall.
Although not many of us have the opportunity to see these spots during winter (especially city folk like me), there’s something so peaceful about seeing a scene like this every time you open your iPhone.
Don’t forget that this can be set as your lock screen, home screen, or both!
This is another really peaceful shot that’s just so beautiful.
Living in New England, we see scenes like this a lot, but after I moved to the city I realized how much I missed this type of view. I love waking up to it on my iPhone!
This is such an incredible photograph. It’s also pretty easy to use as a background since the colors aren’t too intense.
I think the mist is really what makes this winter wallpaper so magical!
This city scene reminds me so much of New England and Boston.
It’s old-fashioned and peaceful, but you still get a city vibe and know that this street will be bustling and busy in only a day or so.
I especially love the dog and the umbrella included in this photo!
Mountain people will love this peaceful winter shot.
Did you know that it’s scientifically proven that snow mutes sound? We always think of the “quiet” of snowfall as an analogy, but it’s the real thing.
I can just imagine how quiet this scene is! Not only does it remind me of the beauty of winter, but it also gives the viewer a sense of instant peace.
I also included a bunch of close-up shots in this roundup, whether the winter wallpaper background is a snowflake, a tree branch, or simply a small piece of the sky.
This is another really peaceful image that will instantly calm you down if you’re having a rough day.
This wallpaper is perfectly muted and works well on your home screen or lock screen.
There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise or set on the horizon on a gorgeous winter day. I love the stunning contrast of the warmth and the cold from the sun and the snow in this photo. Without a doubt, this would make a beautiful phone wallpaper.
I can just smell the sweet scent of the pine trees from here. I love this photo so much and it’s definitely another favorite of mine to use as wallpaper. It has such a moody and foggy atmosphere that really encaptures the winter season.
Even though lights are always associated with Christmas, I think that lights (in the right way) remind me of winter magic just as much, as I included lots of photos with white lights (or pink lights in this case) in this winter wallpaper for iPhone roundup.
I love the look of snow-covered trees. There’s something so cozy and so chilly about them that makes them so stunning to look at. The negative space on the upper part of the photo makes it perfect as phone wallpaper as well, letting you see the time and your notifications easily.
This background is plain but sweet if you’re the kind of person who needs a crisp background in order to find apps, to read notifications as well as the current time.
If you can’t get enough of snow-covered trees, here’s a lot more of them! Each of them is just so gorgeous in this frosted haze, reminding you of a winter wonderland.
If you’re not too fond of seeing sceneries or particular cities or locations, then maybe this snowflake-themed wallpaper might be for you. It’s simple, classy, and very straight to the point.
Here’s another snowflake-themed pattern for your phone to use as wallpaper. But this one has a much lighter background and the snowflakes are coated with shimmer for some sparkles.
If you’re tired of seeing snow-covered trees, why not opt for bare trees that are wrapped in gorgeous Christmas lights for your phone wallpaper this winter season? It’s definitely something a bit more unique.
There’s something so eerie about looking at this snowy bridge. It almost reminds me of those fantasy movies like Narnia where you step into a whole new world once you step through a particular passage. If you’re looking for that kind of vibe, this is certainly a wallpaper you should use!
This photo is obviously photoshopped, but I absolutely love it. It reminds me so much of January and February and is peaceful and natural yet magical.
Pines are a staple during the winter season, especially once the holidays come along. So make your phone a little more festive by using this as your wallpaper!
London is definitely one of my dream places to visit and it looks gorgeous even during the winter. But for now, I’ll settle for using it as my wallpaper until I get to the real thing.
This image is so cozy! There’s nothing more fulfilling to me than being curled up at home, reading a good book, and enjoying some snacks during the winter season. So this wallpaper is definitely a whole mood!
Simple yet very pretty, this photo is great for people who don’t want anything too fussy for their phone wallpaper this winter season.
All roads will take us where we belong, so this photo really inspires hope for the coming new year.
Nothing’s cozier than a cottage in the woods, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This scenery also makes a great phone wallpaper!
If you can’t get enough of this kind of aesthetic, here’s more for you to use as your wallpaper throughout the winter season!
Who doesn’t love seeing these beautiful aurora lights, right? It’s a magical phenomenon that I would love to see one day! Thankfully, you can keep the beauty of these things as a wallpaper as well!
To match the New Year theme this winter season, why not use photos of sparklers as your phone wallpaper?
People who love seeing snow-covered trees will surely love the abundance of them in this photo!
If you want something artsier for your phone wallpaper for winter, then you might want to consider this one!
I love the vibrant pop of color on this photo from the holly berries! It gives such a festive and whimsical feel!
Here’s another artsy pattern to use this winter for your phone wallpaper! I love the gold leaves against the solid black background!
This is a modern cityscape that captures New York City perfectly during a snowstorm. As much as I love quiet woodsy winter photos, there is something really cool about how an entire city will quite literally shut down during a snowstorm. I included plenty of other city-scapes as well (mostly during stormy days) so keep scrolling if this is your vibe!
Even during the frigid winter weather, the city definitely shows no sign of sleeping and this photo captures that energy well!
Looking for winter backgrounds that show the stillness and beauty of a northern winter? If you love the northern lights as much as I do, then you’ll definitely love this photo as your phone wallpaper!
Here’s another stunning picture of the Northern lights! This one has a dimmer and more moody atmosphere that lets you see these aurora lights from a different perspective.
Looking for winter backgrounds that are a bit more dramatic? If you can’t get enough of these stunning northern lights, then here’s more wallpaper inspiration for you!
These wintery roads may look intimidating but they also make for great phone wallpapers to match the winter season.
Here’s another frosty road you might love to use for your phone wallpaper! I just love how pretty the snow looks in this particular image!
For a quirky and more artsy pattern for your wallpaper, this pinecone-themed photo might be just for you!
If you like winter roads but don’t like the ones you see in the woods or in the middle of nowhere, then you should consider using these gorgeous city roads as your wallpaper instead!
Looking for winter backgrounds that are simple and breathtaking? One of the most beautiful things during the winter season is the snow-covered pine trees and how frosted they look. So this one’s definitely another favorite of mine to use as wallpaper this season.
Out of all the photos that feature roads and paths on this list, this is my favorite! I love how it leads to a mysterious tunnel that’s covered in snowy pine trees.
If you’re a fan of the dark academia aesthetic, you might love this photo for your winter wallpaper! It’s eerie and so mysterious at the same time!
I love this photo as well! I love how the smoke coming from the train almost looks like snow itself! This will make a gorgeous wallpaper on anyone’s phone for sure! This is one of my favorite winter backgrounds for a Harry Potter vibe.
Had enough of the pines and the greenery winter wallpaper on this list? Then why not consider these bare branches of trees that are covered in snow instead for your phone wallpaper?
But if you want to see more pines and snow-covered trees, then here’s another one for you!
I love how up close and detailed this winter wallpaper image is! It really makes you appreciate the beauty in nature during the colder seasons.
How breathtaking is this photo?! This will give your phone stunning wallpaper to look at!
The ratio of this photo may not be the most ideal for your phone wallpaper but it’s gorgeous nonetheless!
There’s something peaceful and serene in this photo with the lone bench just sitting there in the middle of the park, while everything else is covered in snow.
I hope you enjoyed these free options for winter wallpaper for iPhone! If you have any trouble saving a winter wallpaper option, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I’m happy to help you sort it out.
I get so many requests for wallpaper and want to make sure I can source everything you need! What sort of wallpaper for iPhone are you looking for next? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my queue!