You and your phone spend a lot of time together. 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 create your own wallpaper with PicMonkey.
- Start with a blank canvas
- Make your phone wallpaper with photos or graphics
- Export your image and add it as a background
Here are the steps with all the juicy details:
Step 1: Start with blank canvas to make your own wallpaper
Select Blank canvas from the options that appear and then enter your custom dimensions in the top-right corner or the page.. 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!
Step 2: Make your own phone wallpaper
It’s party time, PicMonkeyers! Change your canvas color, add textures, play with graphics, and check out curved text. This blank canvas is your oyster—in fact, you can even use an oyster graphic in your design (you’ll find it in the Under the Sea graphic set, in the Graphics tab.) If you need a little help finding your inner artiste, check out our essential graphic design tips for non-designers and intro to the design tool articles.
Step 3: Save and send your wallpaper
Now that your gawdgeous design is finished, it’s time to get it on your phone. Click Export 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. Tip: If you have the PicMonkey mobile app you can also save yourself a few steps by using Hub to open your wallpaper straight from the app.
Step 4: Save the wallpaper as your background
Once your image has reached its Camera Roll/Photos destination, you’ve gotta get it onto your screen. Androiders can assign 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 photo wallpaper ideas
If you have a pic that instantly takes you to your happy place, turn it into photo wallpaper. Open your photo in the PicMonkey editor. Add effects, text, and whatever else your brilliantly creative brain wants, and make it the right dimensions with Resize or Crop in the Edits tab. Need some ideas to get started? Try an artsy photo effect or add some layers to your design.
Pick one of our stock photos to use as your wallpaper >
Or you can use a Texture for your wallpaper >
The possibilities are endless with PicMonkey.