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How to Change the Wallpaper on Your Android Tablet

Wallpaper is the background image you see when you use the Home screen on your Android tablet. The lock screen also has wallpaper, and some tablets let you change the wallpaper as well.

All Android tablets offer two types of wallpaper you can choose from: traditional and live. Live wallpaper is animated. Not-so-live (traditional) wallpaper can be any image, such as a picture you’ve taken and stored in the Gallery app or an image included by the manufacturer for use as wallpaper.

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

  1. Long-press any empty part of the Home screen.

    The empty part doesn’t have a shortcut icon or widget floating on it.

    Upon success, you’ll see a Wallpaper menu.

  2. If prompted, choose whether to set the wallpaper for the Home screen or the lock screen.

    Not every tablet provides a method of setting the lock screen wallpaper.

    You may also find an option to set both wallpapers to the same image.

  3. Choose a wallpaper type.

    Three options are available:

    • Gallery: Choose a still image from the Gallery app.

    • Live Wallpapers: Choose an animated or interactive wallpaper from a list. (This option may be available only when setting the Home screen wallpaper.)

    • Wallpapers: Choose a wallpaper from a range of images preinstalled on the tablet.

  4. Choose the wallpaper you want from the list.

    For the Gallery option, browse the albums to choose an image. Crop the image to select the portion you want included on the Home screen.

    For certain live wallpapers, a Settings icon may appear so that you customize certain aspects of the interactive wallpaper.

  5. Touch the OK or Set Wallpaper button to confirm your selection.

    The new wallpaper takes over the Home screen.

Live wallpaper features some form of animation, which can often be interactive. Otherwise, the wallpaper image scrolls slightly as you swipe from one Home screen page to another.

  • You might also be able to set wallpaper from the Settings app: Choose Display, and then choose Wallpaper.

  • The Zedge app provides an über-repository of wallpaper images, collected from Android users all over the world. Check out Zedge at the Google Play Store.

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