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Here is the original story (published on November 11, 2022):
Since its release in mid-September, iOS 16 has been a great improvement to the iPhone operating system. Apple released iOS 16.1.1 on November 9, 2022 with various bug fixes and security updates.
iPhone wallpaper is turning black
However, currently, some iPhone users are reporting an issue where the wallpaper turns black or disappears for them (1,2,3,4).
Affected iPhone users say that when they switch to the lock or home screen, the wallpaper automatically changes to a black background.
After restarting the iPhone, the correct wallpaper is displayed, however, the next time the phone goes to sleep, it displays a black background.
Furthermore, this problem started with iOS 16.1 and continues even with the newer iOS 16.1.1, as reported by some users (1,2).
I have updated my iPhone 12 to iOS 16. The background and wallpaper automatically change to Black automatically. I have to power up my phone to recover my Lock Screen Photo as well as the home screen background (or wallpaper). Is this a setting I set incorrectly or is there a fix to stop this?
I have a frustrating problem with my iPhone 13 Pro Max running 16.1. Randomly, the wallpaper disappears leaving me with a black screen. I have to reboot to get the wallpaper back sometimes, but it disappears again. Will Apple release a fix for this?
Possible field of work
Among the reports, there are also possible solutions that could alleviate the issue. First, apply the wallpaper you’ve used in the past:
Another user claims that the issue was caused by a faulty migration of background settings between iOS versions. Granted, you can follow these steps to recover the original wallpaper image:
1. Using iTunes to make a full backup of your iPhone
2. Download, install, and run iExplorer on a Sandbox instance
3. Copy the main plist and presentation files into a folder inside the Sandbox
4. Tell iExplorer to open a folder such as the iTunes backup location
5. Insite iExplorer look for Home > Springboard and then note the path for “LockBackground.cpbitmap” and OriginalLockBackground.cpbitmap, it can be “86” or “7c” or something else – I had both files, b’ you may have more or less files, but at least one
6. Go back to your iTunes backup and copy only the two alphanumeric folders into the same folder inside Sandbox
7. Tell iExplorer to export the .cpbitmap files and copy those from the Sandbox back to your desktop
8. Open your browser on https://cpbitmap.github.io/ or https://www.dcode.fr/cpbitmap-format
9. Upload and convert to PNG, JPG, or TIFF
10. Using iTunes, Dropbox, or even emailing yourself, send the photo back to your phone and set it as your background
According to a user who contacted Apple Support, the wallpapers in iOS 16 are considered in ‘pairs’: Lock Screen and Home Screen.
So, in order to customize the Home Screen image, you had to pair it with a Lock Screen image first:
Users can contact Apple Support about this issue by clicking here.
If the above mentioned workarounds helped to solve the black paper problem, do let us know in the comments below.
Update 1 (November 18, 2022)
03:05 pm (IST): Here is a possible explanation for why wallpaper turns black or disappears on iPhone.
Update 2 (November 21, 2022)
03:33 pm (IST): We have found a workaround for the issue where the iPhone wallpaper was turning black for some users. You can check it out below.
Update 3 (November 22, 2022)
06:35 pm (IST): There are several possible solutions that may help you resolve this issue. First, you can try re-downloading the photo you want to use as wallpaper.
Second, force restart your iPhone by following these steps:
1. Press and quickly release the volume up button.
2. Press and quickly release the volume down button.
3. Press and hold the side button.
4. When the Apple logo appeared, release the side button.
Finally, delete the glitchy Green Screen and add a new one using the same wallpaper.
Note: You can check our dedicated Apple section for more information about bugs and other issues.
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