iPhone 101: Syncing Photos & Wallpapers to Your iPhone/iPod touch

Getting photos or wallpapers to your iPhone/iPod touch isn’t initially very obvious, but it’s actually quite easy. Once you have the photos or wallpapers you want, you can either use a software program to organize them (such as Aperture or iPhoto) or organize them yourself into folders and sub-folders.

Syncing Photos to Your iPhone

You can sync photos via iTunes to your iPhone from your iPhoto or Aperture libraries, your Pictures folder, or from any folder you select.

  1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone.
  2. Once your iPhone is mounted and you see the iPhone icon in the “Devices” list, click on your phone’s name.
  3. Click the tab labeled “Photos”
  4. Check the checkbox labeled “Sync photos from: “
  5. Select the source of your photos.
  6. Click the “Apply” button to sync the photos to your iPhone or iPod touch

If you are using iPhoto or Aperture, I highly recommend making albums with only the photos you’d like to sync to your iPhone. Syncing your entire photo library is not only time consuming, but it could also take up a substantial amount of disk space on your iPhone.

I created an album titled “iPhone Wallpapers” specifically for my wallpapers. It helps me keep them separate from all my other galleries and makes changing my wallpaper a snap.

Setting Your iPhone Wallpaper

Once you have the photos synced to your iPhone or iPod touch, setting your wallpaper is a breeze.

  1. Open the Photos application
  2. Browse to the photo you’d like to set as your wallpaper
  3. With the photo selected and enlarged, click it once to bring up the menu
  4. Click the arrow icon in the bottom-left to bring up the action menu
  5. Click “Use As Wallpaper”
  6. Position/resize as required
  7. Click “Set Wallpaper”

See the photo gallery below for a visual step-by-step for setting your iPhone wallaper.