Q: I just got an iPhone and someone told me that I can change the background picture. She wasn’t sure how it worked though. Can you help me?
A. Sure, I’m happy to help. Changing wallpaper is easy and fun. Well, the changing the wallpaper isn’t exactly fun, but having new wallpaper on your phone is fun.
To change your wallpaper, go to Settings => Wallpaper, then press the image that shows your Lock Screen and Home Page.
On the next screen you will have the choice of Wallpaper, which will take you to the pre-installed images from Apple, or images from your Photos app. Any photo you store on your phone in the Photos app can be used as wallpaper.
Select the image you want to use, either your own image or one Apple has provided for you. You will then be asked to move and scale the image so it fits well on your screen. You don’t have to do anything if the image looks fine to you, or you can swipe to zoom in on a part of the image.
I recommend you use images that aren’t very busy that could camouflage the icons or be distracting. You want your icons to stand out against the background.
Apple confounds me with the pre-installed wallpaper they put on the iPhone. The iPhone standard wallpaper shows water drops, a nightmare for any iPhone owner. Sprinkling your iPhone screen with real water drops is a no-no. Understanding why virtual water drops would be a desirable image for wallpaper is beyond my technical level of expertise.
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