While it makes sense for Samsung to focus more on the Galaxy S9 these days, mostly because this is the company’s latest flagship, the South Korean firm doesn’t leave older models behind either.
And the living proof is the June 2018 security patch, which in addition to addressing vulnerabilities in the operating system and other glitches that could possibly expose your data, it also brings one popular Galaxy S9 feature to the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
Technically, devices that installed the June 2018 security patch are now allowed to set a video as lock screen wallpaper, a feature coming from the Galaxy S9 and now available on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
While this is a neat touch that was previously available with third-party apps, it goes without saying that a native option is much more helpful for Samsung users, especially because it’s supposed to work smoother than a third-party implementation.There are basically two options that this new feature brings to the Galaxy S8 and Note 8: set your own video as a wallpaper on the lock screen or download one from Samsung’s collection (there are also several items that can be purchased from the theme store, as not all are available free of charge).
Option #1 – Download a video
If you’re not a professional photographer, recording a video that looks beautiful on the lock screen (and possibly creating a perfect loop) isn’t quite an easy thing to do. Sure, for many people this doesn’t really matter as long as they see their kid’s first steps or the cat running around on the lock screen. But the better it looks, the more awesome this feature actually is.
The first place to look for when interested in video wallpaper is the theme store. On your Galaxy S8/Note 8 head over to Settings > Wallpapers and themes and in the search bar type video.
You should notice that all results that are actually videos are marked with a little tag in the lower right corner, and you can simply tap them to see a preview hosted on YouTube. When you pick one that looks good, just click the download button at the bottom of the screen, wait for the process to complete and then simply set it as lock screen background right from the theme store.
Please note that videos are typically large in size, so you should be connected to a Wi-Fi network when doing this. Also, you should try out this feature with a few free items first before paying for videos.
Option #2 – Using your own video
If you simply want to use your own video as a lock screen wallpaper, it’s even simpler. Just head over your gallery, open a video that you like and click the options menu in the upper right corner.
Tap the option that reads Set as wallpaper and then adjusts the video to fit your lock screen. It’s that easy and it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to do it.
TIP #1: Only 15 seconds of video can be used on the lock screen. If the video is longer than that, cut the section that you want to use and then configure it as lock screen wallpaper.
TIP #2: Create a slow-motion video to make your lock screen really unique. Again, they must not exceed 15 seconds in length to be used on the lock screen.
TIP #3: Videos configured as lock screen wallpapers could affect battery life and make the phone feel slower at certain moments. Have this in mind when deciding to replace a static wallpaper with a video.
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