Apple fans, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that Twitter user @heyeased back with a fresh new batch of awesomely glitchy wallpapers, and they’re some of his best ones so far. The bad news is that Apple has finally decided to put an end to all the fun in iOS 10.2, so this is probably the last batch of glitch wallpapers that iPhone users will ever be able to enjoy.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Let’s backtrack a bit.
As a result of a mysterious bug in iOS, certain wallpapers cause fun side effects on the iPhone and allow users to customize their iPhone interfaces in fun and unique ways. The wallpapers were created by Twitter user @heyeased, and each one is actually only one pixel square. For whatever reason, when one-pixel images are set as the wallpaper on the iPhone, it causes the dock and folder background to glitch or even disappear.
The black version of the wallpaper is a fan favorite among black and jet black iPhone owners, but there are many more available in a wide range of colors. Now, back to the good news and the bad news we mentioned earlier.
@heyeased has posted two new batches of glitch wallpapers and they’re some of his most creative ones yet. The first batch consists of a wide range of solid colors that all have the same effect as the original black wallpaper — they make the dock and the folder background the same color as the wallpaper, effectively making them invisible. You can check them all out and download them for free in this post on his site.
The second batch is our personal favorite. These wallpapers have one background color and a second contrasting color for the dock and folders, resulting in a look as seen in the image above. There are two full pages of different color combinations, and you can find them all in this post.
As a reminder, all you need to do is tap and hold on any wallpaper in Safari to save it to your Photos app, then open it in photos and apply it as your wallpaper. Just make sure that “Reduce Transparency” is not enabled (open Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and toggle “Reduce Transparency” to off). These wallpapers will work on any recent version of iOS 9, iOS 10 or iOS 10.1, but don’t update to the newly released iOS 10.2 beta if you want to use any of them. That’s right, Apple finally decided to fix the bug that caused these fun, harmless glitches.
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. And of note, the nifty optical illusion wallpapers we told you about all still work.