As someone who loves customization for a personalized messaging experience, the inability to change WhatsApp background for individual chats on iPhone and Android had always disappointed me no end. Though the Facebook-owned messaging app has offered a straightforward way to set a wallpaper for chats, it hadn’t been too keen on providing the option to deck up specific chats – for the reasons best known to it. Thankfully, that long wait is over as the latest update has added the ability to set custom WhatsApp wallpaper for individual chats on iOS and Android. Let me show you how.

Note: Want to learn how to automatically change lock screen wallpaper on Android? Click on the linked article to follow our guide on the same.

Set Custom WhatsApp Wallpaper for Individual Chats on iPhone and Android

Interestingly, WhatsApp offers multiple ways to customize personal chats. For instance, you can choose to set a bright-looking wallpaper to get along with your glowing backgrounds, select dark backgrounds that can make a match with the system-wide dark mode, choose solid colors for a vibrant look and feel or go with your stunning shots for a more personalized experience.

Before getting started with the quick steps, make sure your device has the latest version of WhatsApp. If you haven’t yet updated the app, head over to App Store/Google Play Store, and then update it as usual.

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your device.

Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android

2. Now, select the contact where you wish to set a custom wallpaper.

Open individual chat

3. Next, tap on the contact name at the top center.

Tap on the contact's name

4. Next up, tap on Wallpaper & Sound.

Wallpaper and Sound

5. Up next, tap on Choose a New Wallpaper.

Choose a New Wallpaper

6. Now, you have four options:

WhatsApp Individual chat wallpaper

  • Bright: It allows you to choose from a great collection of bright looking wallpapers.

WhatsApp bright wallpapers

  • Dark: It lets you select from an amazing collection of wallpapers that can get along nicely with dark mode.

Set dark wallpaper for specific WhatsApp chat

  • Solid Colors: As the name itself implies, it allows you to choose from a handful of wallpapers with solid colors.

WhatsApp solid colors wallpapers

  • Photos: Select it to set a photo as the wallpaper of your individual WhatsApp chat.

Set Photo as WhatsApp wallpaper

Select the preferred option to set a good-looking wallpaper for your personal chat. You can tap on a specific wallpaper and then swipe left/right to view more backgrounds. Once you have found the right one, tap on Set to finish.

Now set up wallpaper for individual WhatsApp chats

As the process is the same regardless of which wallpaper type you select, you can change the wallpaper of individual WhatsApp chat without any problem.

Change WhatsApp Background for Individual Chats on iOS and Android

So, that’s how you can set WhatsApp wallpaper for specific chats on your iOS and Android device. Now that you know how this all-new feature works, make the most of it to give a custom look to your personal chat.

Though there are a number of notable rivals, WhatsApp remains by far the most loved messaging apps across platforms. My favorite new features of this app include disappearing messages, smart storage management, and reliable fingerprint lock. Which is your favorite WhatsApp feature and what do you think of this latest update?

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