17 Free Inspirational iPhone Backgrounds

We could all use some encouragement now and again, and if you're anything like us, the frequency that we check our phones has become nothing short of a bad habit. Primer has killed two birds with one stone with these 17 exclusive free iPhone backgrounds to keep you going.

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Images designed by Andrew Snavely.

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  • http://www.richarddedor.com/blog Richard Dedor

    Andrew – I love these! I didn’t know if you were the designer for everything around here… but it seems you are! I’d love to pick your brain sometime about your designing!

    Your faithful reader & writer,
    .-= Richard Dedor´s last blog ..FOCUS: Say Yes! (v3n7) =-.

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  • Ken

    I liked most of these. But I am considering a campaign to end the use of Trajan. It is so unfortunate that a really nice caps-only serif typeface, classic and beautifully proportioned, has been SO PLAYED OUT. This font is [email protected]%king everywhere! And so often used inappropriately. I dare you to find a movie poster or a book published since 2005 that doesn’t have Trajan embossed all over it (probably in bold-face). I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t even take a designer seriously if they have chosen Trajan, because they have obviously not taken the time to consider any of the overwhelming variety of beautiful typefaces that aren’t Trajan, the DIRTY WHORE of typography.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    @ Richard, thanks for the compliments! I do most of the designs and photos, I’m glad you like them.

    @Ken, Thanks for the comment. I’ve heard this anti-Trajan bit before, but under the same set of thinking no designer would be able to use Helvetica, Garamond, Din Schrift, Trade Gothic, Rockwell or a host of others. There is a group of typefaces that seem to be in everything, with good reason. They’re all around great fonts. (And we’re lazy designers.) 😉

  • http://www.14usc89.com Phil

    @Andrew, Awesome backgrounds! Shared to the friends & we’re ready for round 2. Keep them coming.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    @Phil, Thank you, I’m glad you like them! Thanks for sharing them, I’d be happy to do another round in the future. You guys can leave ideas in the comments.

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  • http://www.gotapex.com Leon

    These are great! Not to be nit-picky or unappreciative, but would you happen to have them in the iPhone 4 960×640 resolution? =)

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Definitely in round 2 I’ll make sure to accommodate the larger resolution iPhone 4. Which one did you like most?

  • http://texturepl.us/ texture plus

    thanks alot for this nice post!

  • steve

    @andrew, these are super. i agree with @leon’s request, it would be great to have the iPhone resolutions ones. i really liked: 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, and 14

  • http://theexceptionalman.com/ Caleb Gardner

    Love these, but I think you’re missing one:

    “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”
    -Vito Corleone
    .-= Caleb Gardner´s last blog ..Pardon Jack Johnson =-.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Hey Caleb, That’s a great one. I’ll put it in for the next round.

  • Susan

    Nice backgrounds indeed! I especially liked the ones with motivating words on them. I`ll definitely get some for myself. Hope you`ll provide some more of them soon!
    Susan Railey, from blackberry development

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  • mark

    any chance you’ll be updating these for the iphone 4’s higher quality display?

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Hey Mark,

    I’d like to do a new set soon for the higher resolutions. If you have any ideas for them let me know!
    .-= Andrew´s last blog ..The 10 Minute Handyman- How to Fix a Stripped Hole =-.

  • Mark


    Awesome. I think you picked some really good ones on this list. As for ideas … hmm … perhaps a quote from C.S. Lewis? or G.K. Chesterton? (here’s one of his I like: “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” – On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 190

    Both those men were somewhat around FDR and Churchill’s era, so they have similar wit and phrases that I think would work well for these wallpapers. Hope that helps!

  • Brian

    Definitely going to use a few of these. If/When you do make some more, how about some of these in the future (if they can fit):

    It takes 23 muscles to frown but only 6 to pull the pin out of a grenade.

    I’ll Keep My Guns, Freedom, & Money…

    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

    So many guns, so little time.

    Age, skill, wisdom and a little treachery always overcomes youth and arrogance!

    Dry Firing and Practicing Sucks. Embrace the Suck.

    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not” — Andre Gide

    “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” — Edmund Burke

  • http://www.primermagazine.com/2010/learn/2010-fall-beer-review Andrew

    Brian, those are some great ones! I’m hoping to have some ones soon, I’ll definitely include some of these. Thanks!

  • Mark

    any progress on new wallpapers?

  • http://Amemphistraveler.blogspot.com Carter

    Thanks for the pics, I really like the silhouette one

  • Tom

    Would love to see updated ones for the retina display for iPhone 4! Thx!

  • Clayton

    Another vote for iPhone 4 sizes! Great job and many thanks.

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  • http://jonathancutrell.com Jonathan Cutrell

    Hey folks… I recently made an iPhone 4 background with a TR quote – you can grab it here:
    If anyone wants a particular few, I can jump on it. Maybe Andrew and I can collaborate?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Hey Jonathan, great work! I really like it.

  • Ali

    These are great. Are there any high-res version of the Clint Eastwood image available online, I want to make it my computer wallpaper. Would really appreciate it.

  • Ali

    These are great. Are there any high-res version of the Clint Eastwood image available online, I want to make it my computer wallpaper. Would really appreciate it.

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  • http://www.hiddenbrains.com/ Jane Brewer

    Theses all are inspiring background and would love to use but want to ask one thing that these are compatible with iPhoneX 😉

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Why are they not compatible?

      • http://www.hiddenbrains.com/ Jane Brewer

        maybe in terms of quality

  • https://www.netsolutions.com/ Net Solutions

    Nice Work Andrew Snavely. I liked the all backgrounds especially the ones with motivating words on them. Looking forward to get more of them soon!