Between them, Display & Brightness and Wallpaper settings let you make your iPhone look just the way you want it!

Apple doesn’t let you do everything and anything you want when it comes to customization, but there are several options available in Settings. That includes changing the wallpaper for the lock screen and home screen, increasing the size of the interface, adjusting the brightness, configuring Night Shift, and more!

How to change the wallpaper using the Settings app on iPhone and iPad

One of the ways to make your iPhone or iPad your own is to set a a wallpaper for your Lock screen, your Home screen, or both. As long as the photo is roughly the right resolution and aspect ratio, it should look great.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on Wallpapers & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Choose a New Wallpaper.

  4. Tap the type of wallpaper you would like to use:
    • Dynamic: Has effects that move on the screen when you tap it.
    • Still: A still image.
    • Live: Simulates live effects, for example, a fish swimming in an aquarium.
  5. Tap your new wallpaper.
  6. Tap the option of your choice:
    • Still: This gives you a normal still image.
    • Perspective: The image will appear to change perspective slightly when you move the screen. (If you’re prone to motion sickness, don’t use this setting.)

  7. Tap Set.
  8. Tap the option of your choice:
    • Set Lock Screen
    • Set Home Screen
    • Both

You’ll see your new wallpaper when you return to your Home screen.

How to change the wallpaper using the Photos app for iPhone and iPad

You can also change your wallpaper directly from the Photos app. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap the photo you want to use.
  3. Tap on the Share button.

  4. Swipe left to scroll right.
  5. Tap Use as Wallpaper.
  6. Position and zoom the photo until it’s exactly how you want it.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:
    • Still: This gives you a normal still image.
    • Perspective: The image will appear to change perspective slightly when you move the screen. (If you’re prone to motion sickness, don’t use this setting.)
  8. Tap Set.
  9. Tap the option of your choice:
    • Set Lock Screen
    • Set Home Screen
    • Both

How to use Display Zoom on iPhone and iPad

Instead of using all the extra pixels of a Retina HD display to see more stuff on screen, Display Zoom lets you use them to see stuff bigger. On iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, it does it by scaling up the iPhone 5 version of interfaces. On iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, it does it by scaling up the iPhone 6 version of the interface.

So, if you have trouble seeing small text and buttons, Display zoom will make them all better.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap View under Display Zoom.

  4. Tap Zoomed to switch from the default setting of Standard.
  5. Tap Set in the upper right corner.

If you ever decide you want to change the resolution back to Standard, you can easily do so by following the same directions again.

How to adjust the brightness of the screen manually for iPhone and iPad

If the screen is too bright or too dim, you can change this setting to a level more to your liking.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Slide the Brightness bar to your desired level of illumination.

How to turn auto-brightness on/off in iPhone and iPad

If you don’t want to manually adjust your brightness all the time, you can let iOS do it for your automatically.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Toggle the Auto-Brightness switch on or off.

How to manage the settings for Night Shift on iPhone and iPad

Night Shift changes the color temperature of the display from cool (blue) to warm (yellow) and then back again. It can do it from sunset to sunrise, or at any time you set. Since blue light reportedly interferes with sleep, Night Shift works to mitigate it and let you rest.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap Night Shift

  4. Toggle the Scheduled switch to on.
  5. Tap From To.
  6. Tap the setting of your choice to select it:
    • Sunset to Sunrise: Night Shift will turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise.
    • Custom Schedule: Use the settings underneath to set the times you wish Night Shift to turn on and off.

  7. Tap Manually Enable Until Tomorrow to turn on Night Shift immediately.
  8. Slide the Color Temperature bar left to make it cooler (more blue) or right to make it warmer (more yellow).

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