How to Change the Background in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Your iPhone has a bunch of different settings that you can use to customize the way certain screens look.

One of these options is the image that is shown behind your apps on the Home screen.

Our tutorial below will show you how to change the background in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5 so that you can use a different image, or a picture from the Photos app.

How to Change the iPhone Home Screen Background

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Wallpaper.
  3. Select Add New Wallpaper.
  4. Tap on the option you would like to use.
  5. Touch the Add button.
  6. Choose Customize Home Screen or Set as Wallpaper Pair.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to change the background in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5, including pictures of these steps.

While the iPhone 5 is a very capable device that can perform a lot of different tasks, it hasn’t overlooked the aesthetic elements that you can use to make your phone your own. This customization occurs in several different locations, but perhaps the one that offers the biggest visual change is the background, or wallpaper, displayed behind all of your app icons.

These can be changed to one of many default options, or even to your own personal pictures stored on your camera roll. So if you want to use a different background on your iOS 7 iPhone 5, you can follow the steps below.

Related: How to Remove the Picture from an iPhone Lock Screen

Changing the Wallpaper in iOS 7 (Guide with Pictures)

This is a feature that has been available on the iPhone 5 for a while, but iOS 7 introduced dynamic wallpapers, which have a bit of movement that provides a different look to your home screens.

Switching to a dynamic or still background is accomplished in the same way, so we will show you the steps needed to switch your background in iOS 7.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and touch the Wallpapers & Brightness option.

open the wallpapers and brightness menu

Step 3: Touch one of the images under Choose Wallpaper.

It doesn’t matter which one; this simply brings you to the wallpaper menu.

touch one of the wallpaper images

Step 4: This menu allows you to select the location of the image that you want to use for the background, but we are going to select the Dynamic option to try out one of the new wallpapers.

touch the dynamic thumbnail

Step 5: Select the dynamic wallpaper that you want to use.

select the wallpaper that you want to use

Step 6: Touch the Set button at the bottom of the screen.

how to change the background in ios 7 on the iphone 5

Step 7: Touch the Set Home Screen button.

touch the set home screen button

Now that you know how to change the background in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5 you can do this whenever you feel like switching up the wallpaper on the device.

If you’d previously been frustrated that you couldn’t check the time of a text message, then you will be happy to know that you can now view a date stamp for text messages in iOS 7.

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