How to change a WhatsApp chat background on an Android phone

Learn how to change the chat screen background on WhatsApp on an Android phone for all contacts or for one contact with this step-by-step tutorial.

The steps on this page work for all Android phones such as Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, Google, Nokia, ASUS, HTC, LG, and other Android phones.

WhatsApp Background

WhatsApp allows you to make your chat screens more personal by using background images or using your own pictures as a background on the chat screens.

You can change the default chat wallpaper for all contacts or just for one contact.

Change background for all contacts

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Tap on the menu icon located in the top right corner.

WhatsApp menu button

3. Tap on Settings.

Open WhatsApp settings

4. Tap on Chats.

WhatsApp Chats settings

5. Tap on Wallpaper.

WhatsApp wallpaper setting

6. Tap on Change below the current wallpaper.

WhatsApp change wallpaper button

7. Select an option (e.g., Bright, Dark, Solid Color, My Photos, Default Wallpaper).

WhatsApp wallpaper options

8. Select an image or color.

9. If you select one of your own personal photos, you might need to pinch to zoom or drag to adjust.

10. Tap on Set wallpaper at the bottom.

WhatsApp set wallpaper button

The selected image is now set as your new chat background (wallpaper) in WhatsApp.

Change background for one contact

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Open a chat with the contact for who you want to change the chat background (you don't have to type anything).

3. Tap on the menu icon located in the top right corner.

WhatsApp chat menu button

4. Tap on Wallpaper.

WhatsApp wallpaper setting for one contact

5. Tap on Change below the current wallpaper.

WhatsApp change wallpaper button

6. Select a option (e.g., Bright, Dark, Solid Color, My Photos, Default Wallpaper).

WhatsApp wallpaper options

7. Select an image or color.

8. If you select one of your own personal photos, you might need to pinch to zoom or drag to adjust.

9. Tap on Set wallpaper at the bottom.

WhatsApp set wallpaper button

The selected image is now set as your new chat background (wallpaper) in WhatsApp.