How to Change the Home and Lock Screen Wallpaper on Your iPad and iPhone

When you get a new iPhone or iPad, one of the first things you want to do is start customizing it. Here’s how to do it.

Whether it’s a computer, tablet, or phone, one of the first things you start doing when you get a new tech device is customizing it. Sure, the default look of a shiny new gadget is acceptable for the first few hours, but then you want to dig in and make it your own. When it comes to customizing an iPad or iPhone, one of the first things you can do to make it unique is to change the default wallpaper. Here is how to change the wallpaper for the lock screen, the home screen, or both.

Change Wallpaper on iPad

To change the wallpaper, head to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose New Wallpaper. There you can choose from a collection of Apple’s wallpapers from the Dynamic or Stills section or from your own collection (more on that in a bit).

The Dynamic wallpapers have been around since iOS 7 and are animated backgrounds that jazz up the overall iOS experience. I recall users would get motion sickness when looking at the dynamic wallpapers at first. The “Stills” collection of images are just that, high-quality static photos of different types of themes. The default selection in both collections is alright, but you might want to use something else.

iPad Apple Stills Wallpaper

Use a Custom Image

The cool thing is Apple allows you to choose anything from your collection of photos. Maybe you took an excellent picture of something and want to use it.

Or, you can use an image saved from the web. When you run across something, you like and want to try out, tap and hold it until the menu comes up and tap the “Save to Photos” option.

copy or save to photos option web image

That will save the image to the Photos app, and you can then head to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose New Wallpaper and choose from the ones you saved from your Photos  to change the wallpaper on iPhone or iPad.

Whether it’s a photo you took, a saved image, or Apple’s default wallpapers, tap the one you want to use. Then you have options to move it around, zoom in, and scale it. When you’re finished, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll have the option to set it as your home screen, lock screen, or both.

add wallpaper to iPhone

That’s all there is to it. Of course, you can have a different background for your lock screen and home screen, too. And if you want to change either one in the future, go back in and follow the same steps.

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