iOS 17 Wallpaper Blur at Top? Here are 3 ways to fix it!

Apple’s iOS 17 brings a slew of huge additions and hidden features to improve the user experience. That said, like any software update, iOS 17 also comes with some bugs and new settings that may confuse the users. Recently, several users have reported an issue where the wallpapers on top become blurred in iOS 17. This happens when a background image does not fit on a screen and a blur effect is added to compensate. While this may not be an issue for all users, it can ruin the overall look of the wallpaper where the blur is prominent. Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to disable this option. Don’t worry because there are some possible solutions to get rid of such annoyances. In this article, we will tell you three ways to blur iOS 17 wallpaper with the main problems. No need to wait anymore, let’s get started and set beautiful, beautiful wallpapers on your iPhone.

Why is iOS 17 deburring my wallpaper?

The latest iOS 17 adjusts the way you can set an image as wallpaper. When you set an image as wallpaper that doesn’t have the perfect aspect ratio as your phone’s, iOS 17 adds a blur effect at the top to match the surrounding color of the chosen image and make it fit as your wallpaper. Apple says iOS 17 does this to provide a cleaner look and ensure time, battery and other indicators are clearly visible at a glance. In previous iOS versions, you had to zoom in or deal with thick black bars at the top and bottom.

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Fixes for iOS 17 Background Blur on Top

Now that you have an idea why iOS 17 is blurring the background on top, let’s see how to fix it.

1. Choose a background of the correct size

At this time, there is no known solution for background blurring in iOS 17 other than choosing a wallpaper that perfectly matches the size and resolution of the iPhone you are using. When you choose a wallpaper that matches your iPhone’s screen result, you don’t have to zoom in or out on the wallpaper to adjust it.

We’ve mentioned the screen resolutions of different iPhone models so you can find a wallpaper designed to fit the screen easily without any adjustments. Let’s see.

iPhone models Screen resolution
iPhone 15 and 15 Pro 2556 x 1179 pixels
iPhone 15 Plus and 15 Pro Max 2796 x 1290 pixels
iPhone 14 2532 x 1170 pixels
iPhone 14 Plus 2778 x 1284 pixels
iPhone 14 Pro 2556 x 1179 pixels
iPhone 14 Pro Max 2796 x 1290 pixels
iPhone 13 2640 x 1200 pixels
iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max 2880 x 1320 pixels
iPhone 12mini 2340 x 1080 pixels
iPhone 12, 12 Pro 2532 x 1170 pixels
iPhone 12 Pro Max 2778 x 1284 pixels
iPhone 11, iPhone XR 1792×828 pixels
iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS 2436 x 1125 pixels
iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS Max 2688×1242 pixels

So now that you know the screen resolution, you can go ahead and check the best wallpaper for your iphone that matches the screen.

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2. Do not zoom in or out on the background

Until Apple provides an option to enable the background blur on iOS 17, here’s a workaround that will get the job done in most cases. We know that iOS automatically blurs the background when you zoom in or out on an image to fit your iPhone’s screen. So do not zoom in or out while setting a background. Just set it as it is and this will help you fix the iOS 17 blurred background issue. You can see below that the blur effect is only applied to the top of the background when you zoom in/out on the image.

Difference between normal and zoomed out wallpaper

If you still want to adjust the image to look the way you want, you can crop the photo and make adjustments beforehand. Here’s how:

  • Open the Photos app on your iPhone and go to the photo that you want to set as wallpaper.
  • Then tap three dots in the top right corner and choose Duplicate. This ensures that you don’t lose the original image.
Duplicate image on iPhone
  • Select an image from these two options. To fill the entire iPhone screen with this image, zoom out on the image and tap Crop.
  • Otherwise, tap Editing From the top right corner, crop the image and make any necessary adjustments. After editing, tap Finished.
Crop an image on iOS 17
  • Once done, set the cropped image as wallpaper.
Choose an image as wallpaper on iPhone

3. Choose a darker wallpaper

If you’re concerned about the blurring background in iOS 17 at the top, consider switching to a darker background. Why? This is because dark backgrounds or images with a darker background can hide blur better because they reduce the contrast between the background and the out-of-focus elements. This makes the blurriness less noticeable. So if you’re really worried about your backgrounds getting blurry on top with iOS 17, make sure you choose a darker background for a better visual experience.

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So you see, this is how you can fix iOS 17 background blur on your iPhone. We hope these solutions help you avoid those annoying problems and set your favorite photo as iPhone wallpaper. What trick worked for you? Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments below.

Kanika Gogia

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Kanika has been a loyal iPhone user since 2014 and loves everything Apple. With a master’s degree in computer applications, a passion for technology and more than five years of writing experience, she joined Beebom as an Apple Ecosystem Writer. She specializes in writing how-to’s, troubleshooting guides, app features and overviews for Apple users so they can get the most out of their gadgets. When she’s not writing, she enjoys trying new recipes and enjoying some time with the family.

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