There are a ton of ways to customize the way that your iPhone 5 looks and behaves. We have discussed many of those ways on this site, including how to change your lock screen image, but one other way you can customize your iPhone’s appearance is by changing the background wallpaper that appears on each of your home screens. There are a number of default wallpaper options that you can use for your background, plus you can use images that are stored in your camera roll and photo albums. So if you want to use a different picture for your iPhone 5 background, you can follow the tutorial below.
Changing the Wallpaper on Your iPhone 5
Note that we are specifically going to be changing the background image that is displayed behind your app icons. You will also have the option of setting the same image as your lock screen during this process, so you can select that option instead. Additionally, we will be using one of the default background options, simply because they have been properly sized for this purpose, and generally look better than options from the camera roll. However, camera roll pictures can make good backgrounds, and usually aren’t such an unusual size that they look bad. But it is a simple process to change your wallpaper, so there’s no harm in trying out a bunch of options until you find one that you like.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the Brightness & Wallpaper option.
Step 3: Touch one of the images in the Wallpaper section.
Step 4: Select the location of the image that you want to use for your background.
Step 5: Select the image that you want to use.
Step 6: Touch the Set button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 7: Select the Set Home Screen option.
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