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Guide to iPhone 4 Wallpapers

written by: dean0088•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 1/8/2011

If you need a great wallpaper for your iPhone read this guide to find all the necessary technical requirements and some great methods to make your own wallpapers, as well as resources to download from.

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    The Right Wallpaper

    iPhone 4 wallpapers are great ways to spice up how your device looks and choosing the right one can be a tricky challenge. There are many great pictures and images out there but most of them don't make suitable iPhone wallpapers. Firstly, we'll look at how to actually change the wallpaper on your iPhone and then at where to find or create great wallpapers!

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    How to Change Wallpaper

    While it is possible to change the wallpaper of your iPhone from iTunes and from the settings menu on your iPhone, the easiest way to do it is as follows.

    First, go to your photo library on your iPhone 4. You will be greeted by all the photographs that came with the iPhone, pictures you've taken and images you've synced to your device. Select the one you want to use as your wallpaper. Once you have done so and it is enlarged on the screen, look in the corner of the screen. There will be a small arrow icon curving upwards. Press this and a list of options will pop up. Select 'Use As Wallpaper' to set this image as the wallpaper of your iPhone.

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    How to Create an iPhone 4 Wallpaper

    iPhone 4 Wallpapers work best when they are the right size for the device and are of a good quality. You can either create an image in graphics programs such as Photoshop, GIMP or MS paint or use an existing photograph or image.

    The first thing you need to do is ensure it is of a good quality. If the picture is pixelated, blurry or of a scanned photograph it may not be good to use it as a wallpaper. If it is of good quality then you can optimize it for use as a wallpaper on your iPhone.

    To do this, select the focal point of the image and crop it to 320 x 480 pixels. This will fit your iPhone's screen perfectly. I don't recommend resizing pictures to get it all in the wallpaper as this will distort the quality somewhat and will be clearly visible on the great display that the iPhone 4 has.

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    Where to Find the Best iPhone 4 Wallpapers

    If you don't want to go through the trouble of cropping your own images, or simply don't have any images worthy of being your wallpaper, then there are plenty of sites where you can download great iPhone 4 wallpapers for free! - This website had literally hundreds of fantastic wallpapers for iPhone 4 users to choose from. They seem to specialise in photoshop created images and graphically spectacular wallpapers. Most are created by users of the site who decided to submit their own work. - Much the same as the site above, you can download high quality images for free to use as your iPhone 4 wallpaper. However, they have lots of great photographs and famous images available which I liked. They also have plenty of current movie posters which work great as iPhone 4 wallpapers.

    So whichever method you use to find or create your iPhone 4 wallpapers you can rest assured that the great screen of the iPhone won't go to waste!