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Using Album Artwork as Your iPhone Background

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: DaniellaNicole•updated: 6/23/2009

Here are a few easy ways to use album cover art as your iPhone background.

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    One of the great things about the iPhone is the diversity of ways you can customize your device. The most basic way that people tend to customize their iPhone is by deciding the opening background image that shows up before you unlock your iPhone and reveal your application. These can be photos of different types that come from your computer, the internet, or even a photo taken on your high quality digital iPhone camera. Since you iPhone doubles as a full multimedia iPod you will notice that you have a surplus of album artwork from the music you upload onto it. This makes a great iPhone background when you are putting things together; especially when the liner notes of your favorite album is emblazoned on the front of your iPhone.

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    Sync It

    There are a couple different easy ways to make an album cover your iPhone background. The first way is to sync it to your iPhone like a simple photo. Take the cover art icon, if you do have the cover art, and put it into a normal photo folder. Find your iPhone under devices in iTunes and select it. Once you have it open go to the Photos tab. Make sure the Sync Photos From box is check then go to the pull down options and select Choose Folder. Go to the folder where you put the cover art and select it to be synced. Once it is in the Camera Roll select it and add it as background.

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    Another way to do this is by using a screenshot. Go to the album in your iPod and play a song from it. Once it is playing the album art will come up. Then just hit the power button and the Home button at the same time to take a screen shot. Then it will go to the Camera Roll and you can add it as your background. This will likely include the iPod controls in the picture, so you may want to go with the other way.

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    There are a number of other ways that you can get the album artwork onto your There are a number of other ways that you can get the album artwork onto your iPhone. You can scan it from the physical album cover, and many CDs now include digital information including artwork.

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    No suggestion or tip in this article indicates or promotes any illegal activity, copyright infringement or otherwise.

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