Wallpaper and Sounds

Learn how to change your iPad wallpaper and use iPad sound for notifications and other tasks in this free lesson.


To change your wallpaper:

To make your iPad more personal, you can add your own background wallpaper.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your Home screen.
  2. Tap Wallpaper in the left pane.
  3. Tap Choose a New Wallpaper.
  4. Tap Dynamic or Stills to view the built-in wallpapers that came with your iPad, or choose a picture on your device from the albums below. In our example, we'll tap Stills.
  5. Tap an image to open a full-screen preview.
  6. Use the menu bar to apply the wallpaper to your Lock screen, Home screen, or Both. To exit the preview without changing your wallpaper, tap Cancel.

Setting the wallpaper from the Photos app

If you're already looking at pictures in the Photos app, you can set any picture as the wallpaper without opening Settings. Simply select the picture, tap the Share button in the bottom-left corner, then select Use as Wallpaper.

Display & Brightness

If you're having difficulty viewing your iPad's screen, you may want to adjust the screen brightness. Decreasing the screen brightness will also help to save battery life. From the Display & Brightness settings, drag the slider to increase or decrease the screen brightness. You can also change this at any time by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center.

Auto-Brightness automatically adjusts the brightness for current light conditions using a built-in light sensor. Just tap the Auto-Brightness control to turn this feature on or off.