How to Change the Wallpaper on Your Android Tablet - dummies

How to Change the Wallpaper on Your Android Tablet

One of the ways you can customize your Android tablet involves changing the wallpaper on your Home screen. The Home screen background can be draped with two types of wallpaper:

Traditional: The wallpaper is chosen from a selection of still images. These images may be preloaded on the tablet, or you can pluck an image from the tablet’s Gallery, such as a photo you’ve taken.

Live: The wallpaper image is animated, either displaying changing images or reacting to your touch.

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

  1. Long-press the Home screen and choose either the Wallpaper or Set Wallpaper command or icon.

    Not every tablet displays the Home screen menu.


  2. Choose the wallpaper type.

    For example, choose Gallery to use photos you’ve taken or choose Wallpapers to select some preset wallpaper designs. The Live Wallpapers item presents only animated or interactive options.

    The variety of wallpaper types you see depends on the apps installed on your tablet.

  3. Select the wallpaper you want from the list.

    Depending on your choice for Step 2, you may be presented with a scrolling list of wallpaper selections, or you may see an app, such as the Gallery, from which you choose an image.

    For certain live wallpapers, the Settings icon may appear so that you customize how the wallpaper interacts with you.

  4. Touch either the Done 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 may also be able to change the lock screen wallpaper on some tablets, choosing a separate wallpaper or sharing the same Home screen wallpaper. If so, a prompt appears, asking which wallpaper to set: Home screen, lock screen, or both.

  • The Settings apps may feature a Wallpaper command. Choose the Display item, and then look for a Wallpaper command. Likewise, you might find a Lock Screen command on the Settings app’s main screen. Use it to set the lock screen’s wallpaper.

  • You may be prompted to crop the wallpaper image you’ve chosen.

  • The Zedge app has some interesting wallpaper features. Check it out at the Google Play Store.