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How to set a photo from the internet as your iPad wallpaper

We show you how to save a picture on a web page

There are many apps that offer wallpapers in glorious HD, but what if you’ve seen a photo on the internet that you want to be your iPad’s wallpaper. Here, we'll show you step by step how to save and set that image as your tablet's background.

As ever, there are several ways to do this, but we’ll show you the easiest. It doesn’t require you to install an app, nor use a laptop or PC.

Images can appear on web pages in different ways, though, and photos which aren’t displayed as a standard jpeg or PNG might be trickier to deal with. However, for the most part, it’s very easy indeed.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Fire up Safari (the iPad’s web browser) and find an image you like. This can be on practically any web page, including Google images.

Step 2. Tap and hold on the image. You should see a menu offering at least two options: Save Image and Copy. If you see Open in New Tab, choose that and switch to that tab – chances are you’ll see a higher-resolution version, which will look better if your iPad has a Retina screen.

iPad wallpaper step 2

Step 3. Tap Save Image and the photo will be saved to your Photos.

iPad wallpaper step 3

Step 4. Load the iPad’s Photos app and the photo should be the last one in the list. Tap on it and then the share button.

iPad wallpaper step 4

Step 5. You’ll see Use as Wallpaper in the menu that appears. Tap it and you have the option to set as the Lock Screen, Home Screen or Both. If you’re after wallpaper which will be shown behind all your apps, choose Home Screen.

iPad wallpaper step 5

Then, return to your Home screen to see the wallpaper (we're sure your photo will look much prettier than our example).

iPad wallpaper step 6

Clearly, you should consider whether the image you're using is copyrighted, but if you're only using the image for your personal use as wallpaper it's extremely unlikely to get you in any trouble.

However, for peace of mind, there are plenty of websites which offer high-quality wallpaper, including Desktop Wallpaper Project and Desktopography.

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