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So you just got a brand new shiny Android device and you are looking for a way to get rid of that boring default wallpaper? Well, look no further because we are here to help you get something that you want set on your device. Each device comes with a number of pre-installed static wallpapers, along with a bunch of live wallpapers as well which users can select. Fortunately, you are not stuck with these, and you can install just about anything you want, so if you are looking for something different hop in the Android Market and download one of the many wallpaper apps available, and browse for one you like. Once you find and save a wallpaper that you want to your device, you have two different options of how to set it, so let's take a look at those. 

  1. From your home screen press menu, then select wallpapers or from your app drawer select your gallery icon
  2. Navigate your gallery to find the picture you wish to set as the wallpaper and click on it
  3. Use the box to select the portion of the wallpaper you want to use
  4. In the lower left corner you will accept the size, then wait a second for it to set as wallpaper
  5. Once you receive a confirmation that it has been set, hit the home button and view your wallpaper

If you happen to hit the home button before the device confirms that the wallpaper is set, it may not actually set it so you will have to go back and do it all again. Error on the side of caution and give it a few seconds to complete and set itself as the wallpaper.

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Android 101: How to change the wallpaper


theres no way to change the lock screen wallpaper on a HTC EVO 4G stock, is there ?! thanks in advance !

Don't forget the easiest method!!! Just go into the browser... long-press on any image and choose 'set as wallpaper' from the menu.

I just wish it was easier to resize. Wish AC had a app licke crackberry to resize wallpapers.

Yea me too , but thing is Android doesn't have a specific screen resolution like the other platforms (IOS , WP7 , BB OS) , only in Android you will find different screen resolutions , you got 240x320 , 480x800 , 480x854 (Motorola only) & 540x960 , which makes allot harder to create an app to resize them
The easiest way to get wallpapers that matcs your screen is by googling them using a specific dimensions (your screen resolution)

don't forget 1080x960... atrix and droid x2 and everything

though this is annoying actually because all my old android wallpapers look fuzzy now when i try to set them, and there isn't a lot out in that size (photoshop resizing my desktop wallpapers instead for now)