Set Device Wallpaper Using Apple Configurator 2 On Supervised Devices

You can set a wallpaper on both the home screen and lock screen of a supervised iOS device. As mentioned, the device will need to be supervised. Supervision can be implemented via Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short), but DEP will require MDM to implement supervision, and with a device enrolled and supervised via MDM, you’ll need to use the MDM to set the wallpaper. You can also use Apple Configurator 2. To use Apple Configurator 2 to set a wallpaper on a supervised iPhone or iPad, first save the image or images lo call on an iOS device. Once saved to the Apple Configurator machine, open Apple Configurator 2 and plug a device in. Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.10.54 PM Then right-click on the device, choose the Modify menu and then Wallpapers… from the Modify menu. Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.11.05 PM When prompted, use the Choose image… button to set the Lock Screen (the screen that is displayed when the device is locked) and the Home Screen (the background behind all your icons on each screen of the iPhone or iPad). Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.11.15 PM Once you have chosen the appropriate images, click on the Apply button. Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.11.29 PM You can also set lock screen text from Apple Configurator 2. To do so, use the “Custom Text…” button at the bottom of the screen and enter the text you’d like the lock screen to display when waking a device up (before you enter the passcode on the device). Then click on the Apply button. Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.11.39 PM The device will install the new wallpaper (note that devices will need to be plugged in and have be unlocked to install these new options). Now the home screen should use the new image as should the lock screen.    

3 thoughts on “Set Device Wallpaper Using Apple Configurator 2 On Supervised Devices”

  1. Charles – thanks for this – and really all the other Configurator and OS X server guides.

    I was going to ask how to lock down the lock screen to be prevent users from modifying it, but I double checked the restrictions payload and sure enough there it was.

    So if admins have an environment where there are required to have users view something at the lock screen – e.g. Federal Customers and acceptable use policies – they can set the restrictions payload to prevent the lock screen from being modified.



  2. Is there a way to make configurator number my iPads without needing to create a different Blue Print for each one? For example, say I have 10 iPads for a classroom and I would like them numbered 1-10 for quick and easy identification.

    1. Hello Jesse,

      You would need to choose the blueprint you want to push this the name and select Actions > Modify > Device Name. Type your desired device name and on the bottom left of the window, choose from amount the variables. If you want sequential number (1,2,3…), then choose numbers and modify the number according to your requirements.

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