iPhone Wallpaper Size | How To Make iPhone Wallpaper

iphone wallpaper sizeOnce you know your iPhone Wallpaper Size, you can follow this easy tutorial and make your personalized wallpaper from any photo for your iPhone or iPod.  These principles work for any iPhone Wallpaper Size or for any device or gadget, using different image sizes. Though you can make iPhone wallpaper from any photo, choose portrait photos rather than landscape. For creating iPhone wallpaper you can use Photoshop or free image app XnView.

iPhone Wallpaper Size

Here’s a quick chart to make sure you have the proper iPhone Wallpaper Size:
iPhone 4s: 320 x 480
iPhone 5:  320 x 568

Photoshop version

1. Open photo or image for iPhone wallpaper in Photoshop (Ctrl+O).

2. Select Crop tool by pressing C key.

3. Put in Width 320, Height 480, Resolution 72 in Crop tool options.

crop tool options
4. Stretch the corners of Crop tool frame trying include most of image, press Enter.

iphone wallpaper size

6. Save for web (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S) as jpg with Quality 75, check Optimized.
7. Now you have your iPhone wallpaper! Put it to your Photos in iPhone using iTunes and set it as your wallpaper.

XnView version
1. Open photo or image for iPhone wallpaper in XnView.
2. Apply Edit->Set selection ratio->3:2
3. Stretch the corners of Crop frame trying includeу most of image, press Ctrl+Y to crop it.
4. Resize image (Shift+S), put in Width 320, Height 480, Resample – Lanczos.

iphone wallpaper size settings
5. Save your iPhone wallpaper (Ctrl+Shift+S) as jpg with Quality 90, check Optimize Huffman table.

As long as you have the proper iPhone Wallpaper Size, you should be all set

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13 thoughts on “iPhone Wallpaper Size | How To Make iPhone Wallpaper

  1. hi
    thanks for ur lovely and informative website. i only request u that in january 2008 tutorials there is one named how to make iphone wallpaper in this archive there is a picture of girl. i need that one for my wallpaper can u plz plz send it to me. there is but it has some arrows on it and it is some dark.plz plz send it to me on arsalan.aquarious@gmail.com on my email. i m waiting fr ur responce….

  2. The resolution for the wallpaper in this article is incorrect. It should be 160dpi. iPhone pixel size is correct but the dpi is 160, not 72.

  3. Actually, there’s no need to agonize over the dpi or the JPEG compression settings. It’s an Apple product, so do what you like. The iPhone OS does all the necessary adjustments when you set an image as Wallpaper.

    I tried several different images, set at different dpi. (72, 163, 300) and ALL imported and weres able to be installed as Wallpaper on my iPod touch 2G with no problem.

  4. DPI is irrelevant in this context – it’s fixed in the screen and changing the value in Photoshop makes absolutely no difference. It’s only relevant for printing and nobody will print out such low resolution wall papers.

  5. Nick, you are right it won’t be noticeable in display, however, it is still good to keep it at 72 to keep the image size down.

  6. I’ve never understood why graphics people can’t grasp this simple issue. Dots-per-inch (dpi) is irrelevant, until you start converting between digital images, and ones on paper (or vice versa).

    It doesn’t affect the image size on disk (e.g. in KB). It doesn’t affect the visual image quality. The only thing that matters for digital images is the number of pixels (width and height), and the color depth (e.g. 24 bits per pixel).

    If you’re not printing, or scanning from a paper-based source, dpi is meaningless.

    Period. End of story. Fin.

  7. Should it not be PPI (pixels per inch) Since we do not have actually dots, but pixels? He hehe!

  8. How about I want to create a slide show instead on static wall paper. Say I have 3 photos, want to fade in-out as loop for my iPhone. Without programming hassle. Can anyone help please….


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