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Customizing your wallpaper

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Customizing your wallpaper

One thing you might want to do with the photos you've shot or copied to your device is to set them up as your wallpaper photos. The wallpaper photo is what you see when you press the Home or Sleep/Wake button while the phone is locked and it's also what you see behind your app icons when you're looking at your Home screen. This can both be the same image or two different images. In this case, my phone's lock screen is set up with this image of water ripples that comes as part of the set of included wallpaper images, and my Home screen has the same background. The iPhone and iPod touch come with a very nice collection of beautiful wallpaper photos, but if you'd like to express a bit of your own personality, it's very simple to use one of your own photos instead.

Customizing your wallpaper

One thing you might want to do with the photos you've shot or copied to your device is to set them up as your wallpaper photos. The wallpaper photo is what you see when you press the Home or Sleep/Wake button while the phone is locked and it's also what you see behind your app icons when you're looking at your Home screen. This can both be the same image or two different images. In this case, my phone's lock screen is set up with this image of water ripples that comes as part of the set of included wallpaper images, and my Home screen has the same background. The iPhone and iPod touch come with a very nice collection of beautiful wallpaper photos, but if you'd like to express a bit of your own personality, it's very simple to use one of your own photos instead.

Let's go back to that lock screen. Notice when wake it, we see the time displayed at the top of the screen overlaying a portion of my image, and at the bottom of the screen we have the Slide to Unlock slider, and that also covers a portion of the image. We'll see why this matters in just a moment. But for now, I'm going to unlock my phone and go to Settings>Brightness & Wallpaper, and here under Wallpaper, you'll see thumbnail representations of both your Lock Screen and Home Screen, so you can see what your current wallpapers are. So, we can see the water ripples are assigned to the lock screen and the same image is being used for the home screen.

In any case, it doesn't matter what you tap here, just tap one of the thumbnails to get into your wallpaper picker. Here's where you'll find the built-in wallpaper images by tapping Wallpaper, but again, if none of these suits your taste, you can go back and access your entire Camera Roll and Photo Albums exactly as they appear when you tap Photos on your Home screen. Just tap on Album or your Camera Roll to select it, and then you can browse through to find a photo you want to use for your wallpaper. Once I select the photo, I see this Move and Scale message. Here is where I can pinch out to zoom in on the photo, or pinch in to zoom out, and notice this is a landscape photo.

Since the iPhone screen is in portrait orientation when you wake it up, you might want to stick with the portrait- oriented photo, but you can pick a landscape photo like this one and adjust its scale and positioning if you like. Now note that the Move and Scale and the Cancel and Set buttons aren't just laid out randomly over my photo. These areas represent the items that we will be covering the photo when I wake my phone. As we saw a few moments ago, normally you have the time and date at the top of the screen and the Slide to Unlock bar at the bottom. So, these areas you're looking at now show you which portions of your wallpaper image will be partially obscured when you unlock your phone.

So, adjust the size and positioning of your image to make sure you're seeing the part you want to see. When you're done, tap Set. Now I'm prompted to assign this as either my lock screen or my home screen's wallpaper or I can choose Set Both to use the same image for both areas. I'll choose Set Lock Screen, and that's all there it is to it. I'll put my phone to sleep now and when I press the Home button to wake it up, I see my new custom wallpaper image. If I want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen, I'll just repeat the same process, but choose Set Home Screen, instead of Set Lock Screen.

So as you can see, it's very easy to set one of your own photos as your wallpaper.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17670 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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