How to Make New Wallpaper From a Photo Emailed to an iPad

by Tyson Cliffton
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Photos emailed to you from friends and family can have all the makings of great wallpaper for your iPad. If a photo someone sends you makes the cut, save the photo from your email to your camera roll and then set it as a background the same way you would any other image or photo through the Photos app. You can designate whether to make the photo the background for your lock screen, home screen or both.

Step 1

Open the Mail app, and then tap to open the email with the photo attached to it that you want to use as wallpaper on your iPad.

Step 2

Tap to download the photo. A minimized version of the photo appears inline in the email message.

Step 3

Press your finger against the image until the control center appears.

Step 4

Tap "Save Image" to add the image to your iPad's camera roll.

Step 5

Press the "Home" button to return to the home screen and then tap the "Photos" app.

Step 6

Tap "Camera Roll."

Step 7

Tap to open the picture you saved to your iPad.

Step 8

Tap the icon featuring a box with an arrow pointing up in the lower left corner of the screen.

Step 9

Tap "Use as Wallpaper."

Step 10

Press your finger against the screen and then move your finger around the screen to reposition the image.

Tap "Set" after positioning the image. Select whether you want to use the image as the wallpaper for your lock screen, home screen or both. The change is applied automatically.


  • Information in this article applies to iPad models running iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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  • Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at and Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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