How to Change Your iPhone Desktop

By Paul Kemp

Apple’s iPhone includes a variety of ways to customize your user experience, including an enormous library of applications and media options. One of the simplest ways to separate your iPhone from the throngs of others is by displaying your own custom desktop image. You can use the iPhone’s own images, Web images or your own photos, and setting or changing your desktop takes only a few screen touches

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • Image files in your “Camera Roll” or “Wallpaper” folders on iPhone

Changing the Desktop Image

Step 1

Click the Home button on your iPhone and slide where indicated to unlock.

Step 2

Select the “Settings” icon on your iPhone and select “Wallpaper.”

Step 3

Choose between iPhone’s stock “Wallpaper” menu, which offers a variety of beautiful, high resolution images, or your “Camera Roll," which includes any photos you have taken with the iPhone or added to the iPhone through iTunes or by copying from the Web.

Step 4

Touch the image you want as your desktop. Touch and drag with one finger to move the portion of the image that appears in the desktop field. Pinch two fingers together on the screen to scale the image down or move two fingers apart on the screen to scale it up. Touch the “Set” button when the image appears as you want it for your desktop.

Rearranging your Applications

Step 1

Press the “Home” button on the iPhone and slide your thumb along the area indicated to unlock it.

Step 2

Touch and keep your finger on any of the applications on your desktop until all your applications appear to be wiggling in place. This indicates that you can rearrange them. You can also delete applications that have a black circle with a white “X” at their center.

Step 3

Touch and drag each application where you want them while they are wiggling. You can move applications to different pages by dragging them to the very edge of the screen. Delete unwanted applications by touching the circle with the “X” in it. Touch “Delete” on the confirmation screen that follows to complete the deletion.

Step 4

Press the “Home” button once more and the applications will stop wiggling. Your desktop changes have been solidified.

Tips & Warnings

  • People using iPhone software 3.1 or higher can also rearrange their applications using the controls in the “Applications” tab in iTunes when their iPhone is connected to their computer.