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iPhone X/XS lock screen wallpaper issue

s2mike

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Regardless of which version of iOS I run (official release or beta, makes no difference), I’ve consistently experienced the following issue with my lock screen wallpaper.

When using a saved image or screen shot as lock screen wallpaper, an iPhone X/XS will experience the following behavior: upon waking the phone, it will fade into a solid black wallpaper for half a second, before switching to the custom wallpaper.

I’ve noticed that this doesn’t seem to happen with actual photos taken with the iPhone camera, but it always happens with saved images or screen shots. No clue why it happens, but it’s forced me to always use a solid black wallpaper on my lock screen because the transition is too annoying for me to see every single time my phone wakes up. It just bothers me.

Here’s a video to illustrate what’s happening:

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0iawiwEecntpKY-y8X3bJkc2w#Washington_-_Downtown

And here’s the wallpaper used in that video so you can try it yourself. Set this solid purple image as your lock screen and you should see the same awkward, half-second transition from black to the custom image. Any clue why this is happening? I’ve got several friends who have the same issue.

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theapplehead

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Regardless of which version of iOS I run (official release or beta, makes no difference), I’ve consistently experienced the following issue with my lock screen wallpaper.

When using a saved image or screen shot as lock screen wallpaper, an iPhone X/XS will experience the following behavior: upon waking the phone, it will fade into a solid black wallpaper for half a second, before switching to the custom wallpaper.

I’ve noticed that this doesn’t seem to happen with actual photos taken with the iPhone camera, but it always happens with saved images or screen shots. No clue why it happens, but it’s forced me to always use a solid black wallpaper on my lock screen because the transition is too annoying for me to see every single time my phone wakes up. It just bothers me.

Here’s a video to illustrate what’s happening:

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0iawiwEecntpKY-y8X3bJkc2w#Washington_-_Downtown

And here’s the wallpaper used in that video so you can try it yourself. Set this solid purple image as your lock screen and you should see the same awkward, half-second transition from black to the custom image. Any clue why this is happening? I’ve got several friends who have the same issue.

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Mine does the same on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12.1.4. I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m guessing it’s just the way Apple does screenshot backgrounds. If it really does bother, then just go for a different wallpaper. Cheers!
 
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fisherking

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not much discussion here; either most don't experience this, or don't really notice. again, for me, the screen dimmed for a half-second at most.

did you try some of my suggestions? (ie turning true tone off or on, etc...)
 
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ZEEN0j

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All I see is a wallpaper that fades in. Am I missing something?
 
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s2mike

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not much discussion here; either most don't experience this, or don't really notice. again, for me, the screen dimmed for a half-second at most.

did you try some of my suggestions? (ie turning true tone off or on, etc...)

Right - the screen is dark for half a second...so it sounds like maybe you are experiencing it. I know that’s not a long time, but it’s extremely noticeable to me. I’m guessing most don’t notice or don’t care. However, I find it so glaringly awful that I use a solid black lock screen wallpaper so that I don’t have to see the awkward transition each time I wake my phone.

And yes, I fiddled with several display and accessibility settings: True Tone, auto brightness, reduce motion, etc...last year, when this happened with my iPhone X, I even did multiple clean restores.

Yesterday I had three or four coworkers use that same wallpaper and they got the same results as me. I think most people just don’t even notice it, which kinda blows my mind. Oh well, I’ll guess I’ll just always have a black wallpaper.
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All I see is a wallpaper that fades in. Am I missing something?

You don’t see that, when the phone wakes, the wallpaper is black for a split-second before turning purple?
 
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ZEEN0j

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Right - the screen is dark for half a second...so it sounds like maybe you are experiencing it. I know that’s not a long time, but it’s extremely noticeable to me. I’m guessing most don’t notice or don’t care. However, I find it so glaringly awful that I use a solid black lock screen wallpaper so that I don’t have to see the awkward transition each time I wake my phone.

And yes, I fiddled with several display and accessibility settings: True Tone, auto brightness, reduce motion, etc...last year, when this happened with my iPhone X, I even did multiple clean restores.

Yesterday I had three or four coworkers use that same wallpaper and they got the same results as me. I think most people just don’t even notice it, which kinda blows my mind. Oh well, I’ll guess I’ll just always have a black wallpaper.
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You don’t see that, when the phone wakes, the wallpaper is black for a split-second before turning purple?

It fades from black to purple yes. That’s intentional
 
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s2mike

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It fades from black to purple yes. That’s intentional

Nah. If you set an actual photo as the lock screen, the fade is much quicker and not as noticeable.
 
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I have similar "issue". Set this wallpaper as lock screen, tap to wake, and you will see that some of the specks take longer to appear.

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ZEEN0j

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Nah. If you set an actual photo as the lock screen, the fade is much quicker and not as noticeable.

Tested your image and you are right. The behavior is different. It wakes to black and then fades to wallpaper.

The second picture with the dots is just the regular fade though.
 
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asv56kx3088

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On my spare phone, even default wallpaper of iOS 8 (the space one) behaves the same on iOS 12.
This alone had kept me on iOS 11 on my main phone.
 
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fisherking

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On my spare phone, even default wallpaper of iOS 8 (the space one) behaves the same on iOS 12.
This alone had kept me on iOS 11 on my main phone.

you mean, you're running ios 11 instead of 12, because the screen goes dark for a half-second when you open your phone? ok then....
 
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asv56kx3088

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you mean, you're running ios 11 instead of 12, because the screen goes dark for a half-second when you open your phone? ok then....
Well, considering iOS 12 still had some irritating bugs (for instance, repetitive notifications, which occurred on both my spare phone and my iPad), which are yet to be fixed, it makes sense, at least for me, to wait until summer when the final version is released to update my main phone
 
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fisherking

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Well, considering iOS 12 still had some irritating bugs (for instance, repetitive notifications, which occurred on both my spare phone and my iPad), which are yet to be fixed, it makes sense, at least for me, to wait until summer when the final version is released to update my main phone

to be fair... whatever works. hopefully, your issues will be sorted byt the final release.
 
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