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Customizing Your iPad

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Learn how to change some of the settings on your iPad, such as your background images, sounds, passcode, and how some apps behave.

This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

As with any relationship, you fall in love with your iPad for what it is. And then, almost immediately, you try to change it. It’s easier, though, to customize your iPad than it is your significant other because you can modify various settings and controls in the Settings app.

Changing Your Wallpaper

The wallpaper is the image behind the icons on the Home screen and on the Lock screen. You’ll see it often, so make sure it’s something you like.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your Home screen.

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  2. Choose Wallpaper from the Settings app on the left side of the screen.

  3. Tap Choose a New Wallpaper.

  4. Now you have three choices. The first, Dynamic, is if you want to use one of Apple’s dynamic wallpapers. Dynamic wallpapers have patterns that slowly animate.

  5. A second choice is to use a photo from your photo library—either a photo you took with your iPad or one you synced from your computer. Tap one of the groups of photos listed.

  6. A third choice is Stills, which is a collection of Apple’s default wallpaper images.

  7. Choose an image from the category you selected in step 4, 5, or 6.

  8. You see the full image in a preview covering the entire screen.

  9. Choose Set Lock Screen to set this image as the background of your Lock screen.

  10. Choose Set Home Screen to set this image as the background for your Home screen.

  11. Choose Set Both to make the image the background for both the Lock screen and the Home screen.

  12. Perspective Zoom is an option that appears when you choose one of Apple’s stills or your own photo. When it is on, the image is slightly enlarged and seems to sit in a 3D space below your Lock screen text or Home screen icons. As you move your iPad, you see the image move slightly behind the other elements. You can turn this off by tapping the Perspective Zoom: On button.

  13. Tap Cancel at the bottom-left corner of the screen to go back to the wallpaper icons.

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