How to Make Custom Phone Wallpaper

How to Make Custom Phone Wallpaper

You and your phone spend a lot of time together. And if you’re a member of the tech-loving majority, and check it 46 times per day, it’s nice to have something pleasant to glance at every time you pull your device out of your pocket. Customized wallpaper for your lock and home screens make your phone feel more personalized—kinda like hanging art on the walls of your house, or putting a framed picture of your pet hedgehog on your desk. Wanna snazzify your communication device? Let’s take a look at how to design phone wallpaper with PicMonkey.

create a few different phone wallpaper designs with PicMonkey's tools.

Step 1: Set up a blank canvas

The canvas size options on the PicMonkey homepage help you make sure all of your projects, including phone wallpaper, are the right size.

To get started on your wallpaper-creation adventure, hover over Design on the homepage and click Other from the canvas size options. You’ll want to know the dimensions of your phone screen (in pixels), which a quick internet search can provide. Put those dimensions into the boxes, then click Make it!

If you have an iPhone, you can use the preset crop options in the PicMonkey editor to make phone wallpaper that's the right size.

Tip: If you’re working with an iPhone 4-7, you can also choose any blank canvas, then click Crop in Basic Edits. You’ll find a number of options in the dropdown menu, including a few labeled iPhone (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the same dimensions as 6 and 6 Plus). Pick the one that matches your device, then click Apply.

Step 2: Creativity explosion

Add text, graphics, and more in PicMonkey's Design tool to make custom phone wallpaper.

It’s party time, PicMonkeyers! Change your canvas color, add textures, and/or play with overlays and text. This blank canvas is your oyster—in fact, you can even cover it in your favorite oyster graphics with the Add your own button in the Overlays tab. If you need a little help finding your inner artiste, check out our essential graphic design tips for non-designers.

Step 3: Save and send

Save your "Hello Beautiful" phone wallpaper with PicMonkey's Save screen.

Now that your gawdgeous phone lock screen is finished, it’s time to get it on your phone. Click Save in the top toolbar, then save it to your computer. Email it to yourself and open it on your mobile device, then save to your Camera Roll/Photos.

Save your phone wallpaper to Hub, PicMonkey's smart storage platform.

Or, if you don’t feel like cluttering up your inbox, put the dynamic Hub-mobile duo to work. click Add to Hub and open your design with the PicMonkey mobile app, then tap Save and choose your Camera Roll/Photos. Bonus: Hub-dwelling creations are re-editable, so you can tweak your design without having to start all over again.

Once your image has reached its Camera Roll/Photos destination, you’ve gotta get it onto your screen. Androiders can assign your home screen wallpaper a couple different ways, but we’ll go through one basic method: Head to Settings and Wallpaper, then find the options for home screen, lock screen, or both in the top-left corner. Choose where you want your image to live, and presto! Phone screen beautified.

For the iOS tribe, start in Settings and find Wallpaper. Tap Choose a new wallpaper and find your image, then tap Set and decide between the lock screen, home screen, or both options.

Other lock screen ideas

Edit a photo: If you have a photo that instantly takes you to your happy place, make it your wallpaper and elevate your mood every time you have to ask Google Maps to get you un-lost. On the PicMonkey homepage, click Edit and open your pic. Add effects, text, and whatever else your brilliantly creative brain wants, and make it the right dimensions with Resize or Crop in the Basic Edits tab. Need some ideas to get started? Try an artsy black and white effect, make a double exposure, or turn your photo into sketch.

Use PicMonkey's Collage tool to make custom wallpaper for your phone.

Collage it: There’s no need to pick just one happy-place pic for your wallpaper. Start in Collage from the homepage, and put your favorite images together in a stylish layout. You can specify your dimensions using the boxes in the bottom toolbar, or head to the Editor to resize and add other imagey goodness. Get the lowdown on all of Collage’s features in our intro article.


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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.