How to Set Your iPad's Background Wallpaper

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Choosing a Home Screen or Lock Screen Background Image

There are many different ways to personalize your iPad including buying a distinctive case and setting custom sounds for email and text messages, but by far they easiest way to add some bling to your iPad is to set a custom background image for your lock screen and your home screen.  

There is actually two ways you can go about doing this: using Settings or choosing the image through the Photos app.  We'll start with the Photos app because it provides an easier way of selecting the background image. 

  1. First, open the Photos app.  (Find out a great way to quickly open any app...)
  2. Browse to the photo you want to use for your background and tap on it to make it the selected image on the screen.
  3. With the image selected, tap the Share button at the top of the screen.  This is the button that looks like a square with an arrow poking out the top.
  4. The share button will bring up two rows of buttons at the bottom of the screen.   Scroll through the bottom row of buttons by sliding your finger back and forth and tap "Use as Wallpaper".  
  5. You can move the photo around this new screen by dragging it with your finger.  You can also use the Pinch-to-Zoom gesture to zoom into and out of the picture until you get it just right.  
  6. Setting Perspective Zoom to On will cause the photo to move based on how you are holding the iPad.  This works great for photographs of scenery such as a sunset over water. 
  7. When you are finished positioning the photo, you can choose between "Set Lock Screen", "Set Home Screen" or "Set Both".  

Did you know the iPad comes with a few backgrounds animated with bubbles?  You can only choose these "Dynamic"  backgrounds through the Settings app, which is explained on the next page.  

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How to Set Your iPad Background Wallpaper

The second way to choose a background wallpaper is to do so through the Settings app.  It's not quite as easy as using the Photos app, but it offers you a selection of image stills from Apple as well as some dynamic images that will provide animation to your iPad's background.

  1. First, you will need to go into the iPad's settings. You can get there by clicking on the Settings icon, which looks like gears turning.
  2. Next, choose "Wallpaper" from the menu on the left side of the settings screen.
  3. Tap "Choose a New Wallpaper" to choose from default schemes or a photo you have stored on your iPad.  
  4. If you want to use the animated bubbles as a background picture, choose "Dynamic" to select a color scheme.
  5. You can also choose "Stills" to browse Apple's images.
  6. The photos stored on your iPad are listed after the Dynamic and Stills photos.  If you have iCloud Photo Sharing turned on, you will have the option to choose a photo from any of your shared photo streams.
  7. After choosing a picture or theme, you will be taken to a preview of the picture you want to use for the iPad's background.  Similar to choosing a wallpaper from Photos, you can move the image about the screen with your finger or use Pinch-to-Zoom to zoom in and out of the photo.
  8. To set the background, either tap the button labeled "Set Lock Screen" to set the photo for your lock screen, "Set Home Screen" to make the photo appear underneath your app icons or "Set Both" for the picture to be used as the global background for your iPad.

Now all you need is a great background image! Luckily, we have a few really cool background images available.

Hint: You can save most photos from the web to your iPad by holding a finger down on the photo in the Safari browser. A good way to find fun background pictures for your iPad is to do a Google Image Search for iPad backgrounds.

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