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One thing many people like to do right away and frequently with their iOS devices, is to customize their wallpaper photos. A wallpaper photo is what you see when you press the Home or Sleep/Wake button while the phone is locked. And what you see behind your apps when you're looking at your home screen. These can both be the same image or two different images. In this case, my phone's locked screen is set up with this image of a nebula, that comes as part of this set of included wallpaper images. And my home screen has the same background. iOS7 comes with a very nice collection of beautiful wallpaper photos, but if you'd like to express a bit of your own personality, it's simple to use one of your own photos instead.
Start by going to Settings>Wallpapers and Brightness. Here under choose wallpaper, you see thumbnail representations of both your lock screen and your home screen, so you can see what your current wallpapers are. So we see the nebula photo assigned to both screens at this point. To change either of these wallpapers tap either thumbnail. This area is divided into two main sections. We have the Apple wallpaper which are the images that come with iOS 7 and photos, under which you'll find the photos you've taken with your device as well as any albums you've imported or created. We'll look at shooting and organizing photos in its own chapter later on.
The Apple wallpapers are divided into two categories, dynamic and stills. Dynamic wallpapers are a new feature of iOS 7, and they're basically images that are constantly moving in a subtle way. All seven of these images are essentially the same, you just pick the color you like. Tapping an image gives you a preview of what that image looks like on your lock screen. Notice the time at the top of the screen exactly where it is on the lock screen. And the text here that says Wallpaper Preview and the Cancel and Set buttons are in the general location of where the Slide to Unlock text normally appears on the lock screen. There's nothing to adjust or customize here. All you're seeing is a preview of what this image will look like in your lock screen, and in the case of dynamic wallpapers, how the image moves.
I'll tap Cancel and let's go back and choose from the still Apple wallpapers. In here, you'll find 33 images ranging between photos and colorful patterns. Again, just tap one to preview it. And once more, we get a preview of the image and again there's nothing to do here but either Set or Cancel this image. Notice I can't zoom in or out of the image or drag it around on the screen. Apple wallpapers are locked into a single magnification level. I'll tap Set. That gives me a prompt 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 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. Now if none of the Apple images suit your tastes you can select your own photos for your wallpaper. I'll go into my Camera Roll and I'll find an image. Now when you're using your own photos, notice it says move and scale down here which means I can zoom into my photo and re-position it on the screen. Now one of the things you can't do in iOS 7, is have any empty space surrounding your photo. Notice if I try to pinch in and try to see the entire photo, it just pops right back up to fill the entire screen.
So especially if you're using a landscape orientation photo, you might find it frustrating that you can't see the entire image for your wallpaper. But unfortunately there's no way around this at the moment. You'll just have to find a portion of the image that you like best and frame it on the screen. Bear in mind that if you're setting your home screen, the lower portion of the image will be obscured by the dark. So you may want to adjust the zooming and positioning accordingly if there's a detail you want to make sure is visible on your home screen. So I'll tap Set and I'll set this as my home screen. Now if you have a recent model of iOS device, you might have noticed a subtle visual touch Apple added to the home screen images.
Notice as I move my iPhone around, it appears as though the icons are floating over the wallpaper at a distance. And you can actually see parts of the image become visible or obscured by the icons as my phone moves. You see the same effect when you use the volume controls. Notice the volume overlay looks like it's shifting around on top of the background too. This is referred to as the parallax effect. It really serves no specific purpose but to look kind of cool. If for some reason you don't like this effect you can disable it by doing to Settings>General>Accessibility and here look for Reduce Motion.
And here slide the switch to the on position, to keep the icons and overlays locked into position. And that's how to customize and work with wallpapers for the lock and home screens on your iOS device.
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