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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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