This wallpaper hides the most controversial part of the iPhone X

  • The iPhone X has a “notch” that cuts into the top of its screen.
  • It’s possible to hide the notch with a clever wallpaper. 

Some people love “the notch,” the defining characteristic of the iPhone X where Apple hides advanced 3D sensors at the top of the iPhone’s screen.

The “notch,” or “sensor housing,” splits the top of the iPhone’s screen into two, leaving so-called “ears” of screen space for little bits of information like signal strength or battery life. 

But some people just want to hide it. 

A new wallpaper shared on Twitter by Alex and Stephanie helps to hide the notch. It adapts Apple’s default iPhone X wallpaper to include a strip of black at the top, giving the impression when it’s fully set up that there’s no notch up there — just a simple black bar. 

Apple’s own developer guidelines recommend that software makers embrace the notch, or develop their user interfaces so that the sensor housing cuts into the app’s content. 

This wallpaper does the opposite — it uses the new ability of the iPhone X screen to display blacker blacks to hide the notch, at least on the lock and home screens.

Here’s how to set it up: 

This is the full wallpaper. (You can also download it from Alex's tweet.) Download it and save it to your iPhone's camera roll.

You can set it as your wallpaper in Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper.


Important note: to get the full notch-hiding effect, you need to set your wallpaper as 'Still,' not 'Perspective,' and then adjust it until the black bar is fully underneath the notch. It should look like this, minus the arrows:



Hollis Johnson

Here's what an iPhone X looks like without the special wallpaper.

Hollis Johnson

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