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    Question Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Hi, I'm new to this forum (but not to android). Just got the S3 2 days and haven't rooted it (if that's even possible yet).

    My problem is, no matter what I do, I can't seem to change the wallpaper for my lock screen. I have disabled a few apps and I will try and enable them again to see if this helps, but so far, nada. I would take it back to Verizon for exchange but they charge a f@#$%^&* "re-stocking fee" if I do, so I'm trying to avoid that. If anyone's had this issue or has any idea what causes it, please LMK.

    Thanks!
    Hillary
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Click on your gallery, select your picture (press firmly - depending on the picture you may see a bright line that outlines the picture if you see that - then menu, bottom left corner looks like a drawer, choose set picture as, choose lock screen wallpaper, picture will then show a 2 vertical lines left and right sides, with squares and blocks ( that supposed to be there) choose done, it'll then say, setting wallpaper, back out to your home screen, press the turn off screen (right side), press again to turn back on. Ta Da
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Another way to do it is to pick any screen that has a open space on it. Press that open space until a menu pops up that says:

    Home screen
    Add to Home screen
    Set wallpaper for
    Home screen
    Lock screen
    Home and lock screens

    Select Lock screen and then select from Gallery or Wallpapers and then go from there,
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    I've actually done that stuff though, repeatedly. The phone acts as if the command was registered, but then I lock the phone & re-open it, & sure enough the lock screen hasn't changed. I've tried to do it numerous times in the way it's supposed to work (ie, the methods you mentioned above) but nothing works. Any other thoughts?
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Yep - that happened to me. I had another Gallery app (quic pic) as well as a wallpaper app I was using. The way I fixed it was to go to the particular app in application manager and clear out the "defaults" as well as the cache. The Lock screen uses a specific size/resolution. You have to use the stock Gallery app for it. My problem was that I used another app to edit the wallpaper and set it to use as default. Once I cleared the default and used the Gallery app to crop, I could apply any lock screen wallpaper.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Ahh! that worked, thank you! One weird thing though -- I wasn't even trying to use my own pics, I was trying to use a stock photo & even that wouldn't work. but it also didn't prompt me to crop the image either, which is strange. But since I cleared the defaults & cache, it's all good & now I can actually put up a personal pic on my lock screen. Anyway, thanks again! I was pretty annoyed that my brand new phone was already malfunctioning.
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    No problem! Glad it worked for you.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    BTW, which wallpaper changing app do you use? I've tried 2, Wallpaper Changer & one other. they both work briefly but then fail. Just curious. Thx!
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackpearrl View Post
    BTW, which wallpaper changing app do you use? I've tried 2, Wallpaper Changer & one other. they both work briefly but then fail. Just curious. Thx!
    I like to use Crop Wallpaper. It's simple and easy to use.
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    Will give it a go, cheers!
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackpearrl View Post
    I've actually done that stuff though, repeatedly. The phone acts as if the command was registered, but then I lock the phone & re-open it, & sure enough the lock screen hasn't changed. I've tried to do it numerous times in the way it's supposed to work (ie, the methods you mentioned above) but nothing works. Any other thoughts?
    I am having the same problem, the lock screen worked before but stopped working in the last week or so. I have the same response, the system seems to register the request but it does not complete.

    I tried clearing the defaults and the cache but it still doesn't change the lock screen.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    This is my problem on my note 2 as well. I can't change the lock screen even if I follow all different steps mentioned on this thread. It doesn't show any error during the process but it doesn't work for me. Any solution?

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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    I have a similar question which I thought the OP was also asking.

    I know how to change the standard wallpaper on the device so you I can choose a stock photo or my own photo for the wallpaper across all screens. What I want to do is use a more generic / stock photo for just the lock screen, prior to entering your password. Does anyone know how to do this?

    In the last version of android I had, maybe 4.0, there was an option to select for lock screen and wallpaper separately. Now I can't seem to find the option to change just the lock screen photo while having a different one for wallpaper.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    hi there, how can i lock home screen randomly changing wallpapers in s3 ??
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    I have the similar problem which annoyed me for over a week but the fix as follow:

    Goto Setting > Application Manager > call up the sub menu then "Reset App Preference"

    After doing the above, when you go to change "lock screen wall paper", please select the "gallery" instead of any other 3rd party "Quick Pic" open the file. Then it's done. If you need to "edit" the photo for the Lock Screen wallpaper, I use the "Photo Editor" which works perfect too. Good luck
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    I have the same problem of not being able to use the wallpapers that came with the phone on the lock screen. I am very frustrated not being able to do so on my $600 SIII i9305.

    I had changed the lock screen options to use a password to unlock the phone. This seems to prevent changing the lock screen wallpaper to one of the stock wallpapers. You can use any picture from the gallery or any of the Live wallpapers though.

    After I removed the password option and used the swipe unlock option, I was able to use the stock Wallpapers, the Live Wallpapers, or the gallery pictures as background for the lock screen.

    If I go back to any Screen Lock options that require a pin, password or pattern, the screen will go back to the last gallery image or stock wallpaper that had been set before.

    This is really frustrating.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Thank you sooo much! It worked! I cleared the cache and default on the Quickpic app, just as you instructed.
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    thanks Doomsday!! same problem... same solution... crystal clear response.
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    i currently have this option for my spectrum but problem is when i choose to change my lock screen wallpaper it just stays on the first gallery stock wallpaper , even if i select another stock pic it still shows that red,white,orange lined wallpaper. i hate it and i have tried what was suggested but there is no way to restore defults for the wallpaper lol because it is not an app im just trying to change the stock pic on my lock screen to another stock pic
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Quote Originally Posted by Tailik214 View Post
    I have the similar problem which annoyed me for over a week but the fix as follow:

    Goto Setting > Application Manager > call up the sub menu then "Reset App Preference"

    After doing the above, when you go to change "lock screen wall paper", please select the "gallery" instead of any other 3rd party "Quick Pic" open the file. Then it's done. If you need to "edit" the photo for the Lock Screen wallpaper, I use the "Photo Editor" which works perfect too. Good luck
    BEST WRITTEN ADVICE EVER! Omgosh this problem was killing me. Thank you so much. Very helpful.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    my S3 was doing fine but i had the same problem it was not changing the lock Screen Wall paper.I reset app preferences in Applications manager n it worked for me.

    i think the problem is in Crop photo therefore use only Crop picture n it will work fine.
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    I have the Galaxy S4. I've been having problems with changing the lock screen pic as well. I tried just about everything, including the suggestions on this board. Why beat my head up against the wall, said I. Contacted Samsung tech support--problem solved.

    Solution:
    1. Download a wallpaper app to your liking (I chose PicSpeed and will use that as the example).
    2. Select the wallpaper you want to use and select "save" (the wallpaper will save to the Gallery automatically).
    3. Return to HOME page and select "SETTINGS TAB".
    4. Select the following: SET WALLPAPER>LOCK SCREEN>GALLERY
    5. Select the pic you saved from PicSpeed (or whatever app you chose), and you're done.
    6. Press the on/off switch and hit the home key. Boom! You have your new lock screen pic.

    How stupid easy was that?

    Unfortunately, with this app the crop function takes away a lot of the pic, I'm sure there is a way to correct for this, but for my purposes it was perfect. Hope this helps.
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    Cool Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    its very helful ive just try it then thank you so much
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    Default Re: Can't change lock screen wallpaper

    Same problem was occurring for me too. Then I removed the Defaults for Google+ which resolved. Now I can change the Lock / home screen wallpapers.
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    doomsday you are brilliant!! I've spent hours researching this problem. I could do it at first, then couldn't change the lock screen to my wallpapers on the stock ones, which are pretty boring. I did everything you said and it worked. Great help you've been. Cheers.
    Quote Originally Posted by doomsday View Post
    Yep - that happened to me. I had another Gallery app (quic pic) as well as a wallpaper app I was using. The way I fixed it was to go to the particular app in application manager and clear out the "defaults" as well as the cache. The Lock screen uses a specific size/resolution. You have to use the stock Gallery app for it. My problem was that I used another app to edit the wallpaper and set it to use as default. Once I cleared the default and used the Gallery app to crop, I could apply any lock screen wallpaper.
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