Transparent Backgrounds on iPhone

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As Apple users, we’ve come to expect the best from our devices when it comes to features and functionality. We want our photos to look their best, and that includes having a transparent background. Unfortunately, with the release of iOS 13, iPhone and iPad users have been unable to utilize this feature.

To understand why this is happening, it’s important to understand the difference between PNG and JPG files. PNG files support transparency, whie JPGs do not. When you import photos using iTunes import/sync or iCloud sync on any iOS device with iOS 13 or higher, your transparent PNG files are converted into non-transparent JPG files. This means that your photos will have a white background instead of being transparent.

It’s a frustrating issue for many Apple users and one that has been reported to Apple in hopes of getting some resolution soon. In the meantime, there are a few workarounds available if you need to use an image with a transparent background on an iOS device.

The first option is to use online photo editing software such as Pixlr or GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). These programs allw you to edit images and save them in a format that supports transparency (such as PNG). You can then transfer these images onto your device via email or Dropbox and use them for whatever purpose you need them for.

Another workaround is to take screenshots of websites that feature transparent images and save those screenshots as images on your device. This isn’t ideal since the quality won’t be as good as if you were usig an original file but it’s better than nothing if you need something fast.

Finally, if you’re looking for high-quality images with transparent backgrounds already available for download, there are plenty of websites that offer royalty-free stock photos for personal or commercial use (such as Unsplash). These sites usually offer both PNG and JPG versions of each image so you can simply download the PNG version directly onto your device without having to worry about conversions or other issues related to iOS 13’s lack of support for transparency.

We hope that Apple fixes this issue soon so we can all enjoy using beautiful transparent images on our iPhones and iPads again!

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Can Transparent Backgrounds Be Used on iPhones?

No, transparent backgrounds do not work on iPhone devices with iOS version 13 and higher. Apple has removed support for this feature; therefore images saved with a transparent background will appear with a white background on your iPhone. However, you can still use transparent backgrounds when creating content on oter devices, such as Macs or PCs.

Troubleshooting Transparent Images on iPhone

Unfortunately, due to a recent change in iOS, transparent images can no longer be displayed as transparent when imported via iTunes or iCloud sync. We have reported this issue to Apple and are awaiting a resolution. In the meantime, if you wish to display transparent images on your iPhone, you should use an image sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive to upload them, then view them on your device.

The Lack of Transparency in PNG Backgrounds

The PNG background may not be transparent for a few different reasons. The most common of these is that the application you are using to view the image does not support transparency within the PNG file format. Another potential reason is that the image itself contains layers or elements that may be hidden but become visible when using an application that does not recognize transparent layers. Finally, it is possible that the file has been saved incorrectly and therefore lost its transparency settings during the saving process.


In conclusion, iPhones and iPads with iOS version 13 and higher do not support transparent backgrounds, meaning that any transparent PNG files imported using iTunes import/sync, iCloud sync or other methods will be converted to a non-transparent JPG file. Apple has been notified of this issue and is currently working on a solution. Until then, users should be aware of this limitation when trying to preserve their images’ transparency while working on iOS devices.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.