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How to Change the Wallpaper of an Android Phone

The typical Android phone sports a roomy Home screen. It can have anywhere from five to nine or more Home screen panels. You can put a new wallpaper on the Home screen, including a fancy live wallpaper. Truly, you can make the Home screen look just the way you want. The Android Home screen has two types of backgrounds, or wallpapers: traditional and live. Live wallpapers are animated. A not-so-live wallpaper can be any image, such as a picture from the Gallery.

To set a new wallpaper for the Home screen, obey these steps:

  1. Long-press the Home screen.

    The Add to Home Screen menu appears.

  2. Choose the Wallpaper (or Wallpapers) command.

  3. Another menu appears, listing various types of wallpaper.

    Your choices are

    • Gallery: Choose a still image that’s stored in the Gallery app.

    • Live Wallpapers: Choose an animated or interactive wallpaper from a list.

    • Wallpapers: Choose a wallpaper from a range of stunning images (no nudity). These images are preinstalled by the phone’s manufacturer, so this item may have the manufacturer’s name in the title.

  4. Choose the wallpaper you want from the list.

    For the Gallery option, you see a preview of the wallpaper, where you can select and crop part of the image.

    For certain live wallpapers, the Settings button may appear. The settings let you customize certain aspects of the interactive wallpaper.

  5. Touch either the Save, Set Wallpaper, or Apply button to confirm your selection.

    The new wallpaper takes over the Home screen.

Live wallpaper is interactive, usually featuring some form of animation. Otherwise, the wallpaper image scrolls slightly as you swipe from one Home screen panel to another.

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