Samsung’s One UI 4 will finally allow you to set your wallpaper from Google Photos


Low-key the best change in the whole update

A UI is my favorite version of Android, but there’s one little thing about it that’s always bothered me: you can’t set your wallpaper from the Google Photos app. Whenever you choose “Set as” option from the menu, you can only set the photo as contacts profile photo or as lock screen wallpaper. Fortunately, that changes in One UI 4.

I know – it sounds like a little problem to get excited about. Problem is, I’m addicted to changing the wallpaper. I have a Google Photos album with hundreds of wallpapers, and since Material You arrived, I’ve switched between them even more.


Until now, using an image from Google Photos has been too complicated a process on Samsung phones. You had to upload the photo, go to the home screen, open the wallpaper picker, and go to the uploaded image. In One UI 4, the process is simpler: swipe up on the image, tap ‘use as’, then tap ‘lock & homescreen’.


For someone like me who changes their wallpaper at least once a day, this saves a lot of hassle, especially when Google Photos can be finicky when uploading images.

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I also noticed while playing with my wallpaper today that the recommended folder colors change to match the Material You color scheme pulled from your wallpaper. A little addition I know, but it’s satisfying to see how well Samsung has integrated Material You into One UI 4. You can try it out for yourself if you have a Galaxy S21, Z Fold3, or Z Flip3 running the beta version of One UI 4.

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