How to change your wallpaper on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Here's one for you folks new to smartphones, and new to the Galaxy S5.

Part of the excitement of getting a new phone is being able to personalize it. Externally we have cases and accessories that make our devices an extension of our personality. When it comes to making the software our own, that's where things like downloading apps and customizing the look and feel come in. If you've got a new Galaxy S5, changing the wallpaper should be one of the first items on your personalization list. Here's how:

  1. Either tap and hold or pinch your fingers together on any Home screen of your Galaxy S5 to access your Home screen settings menu.
  2. Now tap on Wallpapers in the lower left hand corner.
  3. Choose the wallpaper you'd like to change. You can choose between Home and Lock screen or you can choose a combined wallpaper that will be applied to both using the last option.
  4. Now choose from one of the wallpapers Samsung has made readily available or tap on More images to the far left.
  5. Choose the Gallery option or any other option you'd like that contains images you can use as wallpapers.
  6. Once you find the wallpaper you'd like to use, tap on it and then choose Set Wallpaper at the top.

Do you use custom wallpapers on your Samsung Galaxy S5, or any other Android phone for that matter? If so, do you use Zedge or another service or do you just prefer using your own? I have a tendency to lean towards using stock wallpapers or ones I find online with services such as Zedge. Let me know in the comments what your wallpaper habits are!

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cjbrigol says:

Android Central

What're you doing...

Android Central!!


Sweeet1102 says:

Yeah, why a tutorial for that... It is the same exact method as any other Android phone.

Because Google knows the difference, and it's how people get to our site 99.9% of the time. It's also what drives traffic, normal users, that are new to Android.

"Here's one for you folks new to smartphones, and new to the Galaxy S5."

herpaderp. Do you get it?

neonworm says:

Lol. Nice one.

Dissident26 says:

I don't know how to hold my GS5. Is the Samsung logo supposed to be on top at my ear?

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seanjenkins says:

I can see what you're trying to do but no one that is so inept at controlling their phone would ever come to this site. They would almost certainly not even know what android is

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Sure they would, from a google search. Then AC will get the click traffic.

Ever heard of Google? It's how people solve most of their problems..

This, EXACTLY this.

CJ Deaton says:

Very true

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100% dead wrong. Most people that get to our sites get there from Google, and because they're looking for something basic. Sure, we have advanced stuff too, but we write for what people search for.

korab84 says:

Enough with these guides...people have a user guide from Samsung or any other phone and can use that to learn how to change their wallpaper, volume, sound profile, notification sounds...etc.

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AC PLEASE KEEP DOING THESE TUTORIALS! I get a lot of enjoyment out of people who are irritated by something they don't have to read.

A895 says:


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jackwagon06 says:

They also won't turn the channel, or turn the volume down if they don't like it! Freedom of choice is sooo over rated.

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Gator352 says:


Litlprince2 says:


ZCTxCHAOSx says:

I could be mistaken here since it has been awhile since I've seen it used. Isn't Zedge a really grimy app full of pop up ads etc? Just surprised you would recommend that. Best option is to find a picture on your mobile browser and press to set that as wallpaper.

A895 says:

Zedge isn't bad in recent updates.

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TomW093 says:

I love Zedge. It's always one of the first apps I install, that way I can use the same ringtone I've had the past few years.

neonworm says:

Zedge doesn't have any intrusive ads.

CR6 says:

I never have a problem with ads from Zedge. That being said, I don't usually keep the app on my phone for more than a few weeks at a time. I find what I want, then I usually delete it only to reinstall it whenever I need something new. But I've never had a problem with ads over the past 3+ years of using this app.

robotaholic says:

This can't be a serious post! What a stupid post lol

Mnmiah says:

Seriously? How to change a wallpaper

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kelayz says:

Its seems stupid to most people who understand these things but a lot of people are ignorant so they go to Google and boom this pops up

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Litlprince2 says:

Or they get so frustrated they go back to their Iphone..

But how would they know how to change its background?

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Actually it's more steps on an iPhone... but nice try.

GrooveRite says:

Is there a dumbed down version of this article?! Its too complicated!!!! :)

21plays says:


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theintention says:

Pls AC I can't turn on my phone. Send halp.

dizzle16 says:

I would have thought this would have been covered in the instruction manual or samsungs annoying help tips that pop up when you use their products. Android for Dummies 101 lmao!!!

21plays says:

No way! Are you serious? Thank you so much Android Central I can now finally change the wallpaper on my non-existent galaxy s5 thank you I don't know what I would do without you

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Dissident26 says:


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CR6 says:

Oh that's right..... EVERYBODY has had a smartphone for the past 6+ years! Sigh.... I should have known!
Don't be a troll dude!

CR6 says:

Zedge rocks! It's THE premier one-app-shop for every ringtone/notification sound & wallpaper you could ever want.

net62957 says:

Zedge use to be the #1 free app in the play store. I've got a host of ringtones and wallpapers downloaded from Zedge.

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David Horgan says:

Wow. Slow day huh?

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joramteusink says:

And what do you guys and gals think of DroidPapers? Free app, no ads.

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gregs1213 says:

Instructions not clear, somehow rooted my phone and installed Xposed Module!

CJ Deaton says:

Use Zedge for wallpapers and tones.

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Dizfunctions says:

Why is this an article...

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Bwahahahaha says:

What's a wall paper? ...

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Johnny Blake says:

I have a DropBox folder that I have compiled of hundreds of wallpapers gathered around the internet. That's where I go for my wallpaper needs on all of my devices, including Linux and Windows.

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15israellai says:

Now please do this many tutorials on every single high end phone. People need them. And you need the clicks too.

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I wonder if Samsung will update Touchwiz that's on the GS5 to the note 3?

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I keep trying to download a live wallpaper and it won't let me. Help!