How to Change the Wallpaper on the iPhone

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Choosing the wallpaper on your iPhone is a fun way of making it your own. It is the main background image you will see everytime you look at your iPhone so it is best to pick one of your favorite pictures. Luckily, it is extremely easy to change the wallpaper on your iPhone as often as you like.

Step 1

Find an image that you would like to use as wallpaper from any website. Right-click on a PC or control-click on an Apple computer and select "Save As" to save the image to your computer. Save it to your "My Pictures" folder or iPhoto library on a PC or Apple respectively, or wherever you prefer to store your images on your computer as long as you will be able to easily locate it.

Step 2

Connect the iPhone to your computer with the USB cable and wait for iTunes to launch itself automatically. Click on the "Photos" tab in the side panel.

Step 3

Click on the "Sync Photos From:" tab in the "Photos" menu on iTunes and locate the folder where your photos are stored. Select all of the images that you would like to transfer your to iPhone, keeping in mind that you will assign the photos as wallpaper to accompany specific menus or contacts later. Click on "Sync" in iTunes to transfer all of the photos to your iPhone.

Step 4

View the photos transferred from your computer to the iPhone to decide which to use as wallpaper by tapping on the "Photos" icon on the home screen. You can zoom in on any photo by pinching your fingers together and moving them together or apart. You can also zoom in and out by quickly tapping twice in a row and then repeating this motion again to zoom in the opposite direction.

Step 5

Change the primary wallpaper on your iPhone by tapping on the "Wallpaper" icon in the "Settings" menu. You will then see a menu displaying thumbnails of all of the photos stored in your iPhone. Choose a photo by tapping the "Options" button and then tapping "Use as Wallpaper."

Step 6

Adjust the appearance of your wallpaper photo by dragging the photo around the screen until only the portion you would like to use is visible. Zoom in or out to adjust the size of the image you plan to use as your wallpaper. Finish by tapping "Set Wallpaper" to save your adjustments.

Step 7

Use the iPhone's built-in camera to take a picture to use as wallpaper. Tap on the "Camera" icon and then simply point the iPhone's lens, located on the back of the iPhone, and tap again to take the picture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Assign a different wallpaper to use as a screen background for calls from individual contacts in your iPhone. Click on a photo in the "Photos" application in your iPhone and tap on "Assign to Contact" to change the wallpaper.