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Customizing your wallpaper

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

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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 one of them as your wallpaper photo. The 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 App icons when you're looking at your Home screen. These can both be the same image or two images. In this case, my phone's Lock Screen is set up with this image of water drops that comes as a part of the set of included wallpapers, while my Home screen has this black background. The iPhone or 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 one of them as your wallpaper photo. The 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 App icons when you're looking at your Home screen. These can both be the same image or two images. In this case, my phone's Lock Screen is set up with this image of water drops that comes as a part of the set of included wallpapers, while my Home screen has this black background. The iPhone or 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.

Now, let me lock my screen again, and notice when I 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 this slide to unlock slider, which also covers the portion of the image. We will see why this matters in just a few moment, but for now I'll unlock my phone and go to Settings > Wallpaper. The first thing you see are thumbnail representations of both your Lock screen and Home screen, so you can see what your current wallpapers are.

So we see the water drops assigned to the Lock screen, and we just have a black background chosen for the Home screen wallpaper, since it looks better for recording this course. In any case, it doesn't matter where you tap here, just tap one of the thumbnails to get into your wallpaper picker. Here's where you find the built-in wallpaper images by tapping Wallpaper. But again, if none of these suit your tastes, here you can access your entire Camera Roll and Photo Albums exactly as they appear when you tap Photos on your Home screen. Just tap to select an album, and then tap to select the Photo to use as your wallpaper.

Since the iPhone's screen is in portrait orientation when you wake it, you will probably want to stick with a portrait-orientated photo, but you can pick a landscape photo and adjust its scale and positioning if you like. I've chosen this portrait-orientated photos. Next, I see this Move and Scale message. Here's what I can pinch out to zoom in on a photo and drag it around to reposition it. Now, note that the Move and Scale and Cancel and Set buttons aren't just laid out randomly over my photo. These areas represent the items that will be covering the photo when I wake it. 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 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 am prompted to assign this as either my Lock screen or my Home screen's wallpaper, or I can choose set both to use a same image for both areas. I'll choose Set Lock screen. And that's all there's 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. Pretty cool! If you know basics of using programs like Photoshop or other image editing programs, you might want to design wallpapers for your iPhone or iPod touch that fit exactly within the space provided and without the overlays covering any significant portion of your image.

Fortunately, lots of other people have wanted to do that too. So if you do a simple Google search for iPhone wallpaper template, you'll find plenty of templates created by iPhone users with all the proper dimensions and positioning guides figured out. These very generous people have offered their work for free in those cases, so you just have to download the templates that you find. Then you can open the template in Photoshop or a similar program and drag in your own images and then just size and position it using the template as a guide. When you're done, just hide all your guides and export your image into the folder where you keep the images you want to sync with your iPhone or iPod touch.

That might be iPhoto on your Mac, or your Photos folder on Windows. But once it's there, you can sync it to your device, and then it will show up in your iPhone or iPod touch's Photo Library, where you will be able to select it as your custom wallpaper.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 22360 viewers

Garrick Chow
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  1. 4m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 4
      2m 8s
  2. 34m 12s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and the iPod Touch
      6m 54s
    2. The Home screen and the Home button
      2m 56s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 16s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      4m 1s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 17s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 53s
    7. Connecting to a wi-fi network
      2m 55s
    8. Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up an iTunes Store account on an iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 24s
    10. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 25s
  3. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 59s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting auto-correction
      6m 44s
    3. Select, Copy, Paste, and Undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 29s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 38s
  4. 26m 34s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iTunes
      1m 27s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 20s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 16s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 56s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 48s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 0s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 47s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 17s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 45s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 41s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 9s
    6. Using FaceTime for video calls
      3m 55s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 27s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 5s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 20s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      2m 49s
    11. Using the speakerphone
      1m 23s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 52s
    13. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      3m 51s
    14. Forwarding your calls
      1m 41s
    15. Turning call waiting on and off
      1m 1s
    16. Turning caller ID on and off
      1m 8s
    17. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 17s
    18. Creating a vibrate-then-ring ringtone
      5m 13s
    19. Voice dialing
      3m 6s
    20. Sending, receiving, and managing text and MMS messages
      6m 34s
  6. 30m 9s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 3s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL email accounts
      3m 42s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 23s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch email synced with your computer
      4m 47s
    5. Composing email
      3m 9s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 4s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 37s
    8. Setting mail options
      5m 24s
  7. 37m 36s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 20s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 55s
    3. Saving images
      2m 44s
    4. Filling out forms and using auto-fill
      3m 51s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 32s
    6. Internet tethering (Mac)
      7m 22s
    7. Internet tethering (Windows)
      7m 52s
  8. 36m 16s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 25s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 49s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 19s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 3s
    5. Voice-controlling your music
      3m 22s
    6. Adjusting your iPod settings
      4m 42s
    7. Creating On-The-Go and Genius playlists
      3m 48s
    8. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 58s
    9. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to and AppleTV or Airport Express
      3m 50s
  9. 30m 29s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      5m 51s
    2. Viewing still images
      5m 52s
    3. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 45s
    4. Shooting video
      1m 19s
    5. Viewing and editing video
      2m 49s
    6. Taking screenshots
      1m 15s
    7. Sharing photos and video
      5m 17s
    8. Geotagging your photos
      4m 21s
  10. 20m 49s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 51s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 32s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 7s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 0s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 20s
    7. Using the Compass app (iPhone 3GS only)
      2m 2s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 38s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 55s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. The Clock app
      6m 3s
  12. 6m 23s
    1. The Notes app
      2m 37s
    2. The Voice Memos app
      3m 46s
  13. 17m 26s
    1. The Stocks app
      2m 36s
    2. The Calculator app
      52s
    3. The Nike+ app
      9m 20s
    4. The YouTube app
      3m 5s
    5. The Weather app
      1m 33s
  14. 16m 40s
    1. Browsing the App Store from iTunes
      4m 28s
    2. Browsing the App Store from your device
      5m 44s
    3. Purchasing and installing apps
      5m 48s
    4. Finding App settings
      40s
  15. 17m 52s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 41s
    2. Wi-fi
      3m 26s
    3. Notifications
      1m 24s
    4. Brightness
      59s
    5. About
      2m 25s
    6. Usage
      1m 46s
    7. Date and time settings
      1m 12s
    8. International settings
      2m 17s
    9. Restrictions
      2m 42s
  16. 18m 54s
    1. Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode Lock
      4m 37s
    3. Displaying contact information
      2m 31s
    4. Find My iPhone with MobileMe
      10m 24s
  17. 17m 48s
    1. About accessibility on the iPhone and iPod Touch
      52s
    2. VoiceOver
      8m 2s
    3. Zoom
      2m 2s
    4. Setting the display to Large Text
      39s
    5. Setting the display to White On Black
      1m 7s
    6. Mono Audio
      54s
    7. Speak Auto-text
      1m 39s
    8. Triple-Click Home
      2m 33s
  18. 15m 58s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 4s
    2. Force-quitting applications
      36s
    3. Rebooting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      44s
    4. Resetting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      1m 44s
    5. Erasing the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 31s
    6. Restoring the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 2s
    7. Checking for updates
      57s
    8. Disabling 3G
      2m 3s
    9. Extending battery life
      4m 17s
  19. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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