Settings That Control How Your iPad Looks and Sounds - dummies

Settings That Control How Your iPad Looks and Sounds

The iPad offers several settings that enable you to control what it looks like and sounds like. You can adjust the screen brightness, the wallpaper, and the volume of audio signals easily from the Settings screen.

Brightening the iPad screen

Who doesn’t want a bright, vibrant screen? Alas, the brightest screens exact a trade-off: Before you drag the brightness slider to the max, remember that brighter screens sap the life from your battery more quickly. The control appears when Wallpapers & Brightness is highlighted.


Tap the Auto-Brightness control so that it’s on. The control automatically adjusts the screen according to the lighting environment in which you’re using the iPad — while at the same time being considerate of your battery. And the Auto-Brightness control is one reason to adjust the brightness here, as opposed to Control Center: Auto Brightness is not available in Control Center.

Wallpaper for your iPad screen

Choosing wallpaper is a neat way to dress up the iPad according to your aesthetic preferences. iOS 7 includes colorful dynamic animated wallpapers with floating bubbles that add a subtle dizzying effect. But stunning as they are, these images may not hold a candle to the masterpieces in your own photo albums.

You can sample the pretty patterns and dynamic designs that the iPad has already chosen for you, as follows:

  1. Tap Wallpapers & Brightness and then tap the two iPads below the words Choose Wallpaper).

    A list of photo albums appears with Wallpaper, a photo album of lovely images included with your iPad.

  2. Tap Apple Wallpaper (Dynamic or Stills) or one of your own photo albums in the list.

    Thumbnails of the images in that album appear.


  3. Tap a thumbnail image.

    That image fills the screen.

  4. When an image is full-screen, choose one of the options that appear at the bottom of the screen:

    • Set Lock Screen makes your selected image the wallpaper of choice when the iPad is locked.

    • Set Home Screen makes the wallpaper decorate only your Home screen.

    • Set Both makes your image the wallpaper for both the Lock screen and the Home screen.

    • Cancel takes you back to the thumbnail page without changing your Home or Lock screen.

Sounds settings on the iPad

Consider the Sounds settings area the iPad’s soundstage. There, you can turn audio alerts on or off for a variety of functions: ringtones, text tones, new e-mail, sent mail, calendar and reminder alerts, Facebook posts, and tweets. You can also decide whether you want to hear lock sounds and keyboard clicks.

You can alter the ringtone you hear for FaceTime calls and the text tones you hear for iMessages, and visit the iTunes store to buy more text tones or ringtones if you’re not satisfied with those that Apple supplies, for $0.99 and $1.29 a pop.

(Mac owners can create their own by using GarageBand, as can folks who use GarageBand on an iPad. And the app is now free for folks who purchase new iOS 7 devices.)

To set a custom tone for individuals in the Contacts app, tap the Edit button and then either the Ringtone or Text Tone option.

To raise the decibel level of alerts, drag the volume slider to the right. Drag in the opposite direction to bring down the noise. An alternative way to adjust sound levels is to use the physical Volume buttons on the side of the iPad for this purpose, as long as you’re not already using the iPad’s iPod to listen to music or watch video.

You can enable and disable this feature with the Change with Buttons switch, right below the volume slider.