How to Turn a Picture into a Wallpaper on Android (And Make It Fit)

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We all have memories or just pretty images that we’d quite happily be reminded about every single day. What’s the best way to do this? To set them as your background, of course, on your computer or Android phone.

It used to be a bit fiddly setting images as your Android wallpaper because instead of cropping images that were too wide, it would sprawl them across your several home screens. Nowadays, a wallpaper stays stationary by default, and Android has a quick and easy way of cropping it down to size.

Before we proceed, remember that before setting an image as your wallpaper, you should make all the visual adjustments that you need to make – making sure it’s the right tone, filter, saturation and so on (the cropping comes later).


Most of you probably already have your own apps for making these adjustments, but if not then you can always just make edits in the Google Photos app. Simply open it, select an image, then tap the sliders icon at the bottom of the screen. Make all the adjustments you want, then tap “Save” at the top-right.

With your photo touched up and ready to go, go to “Settings -> Personalize -> Change wallpaper -> Photos.”


Pick the image you want to use as your background. It can be a landscape image if you like. We’ll be picking a landscape one to demonstrate how to crop it down.

Once your image is selected, it will fill up your whole screen, just like a wallpaper. You can select “Set Wallpaper” at the top, but before you do that you can drag the image around to focus on different parts of it. (There’s no indicator to do this – just put your finger on the screen and drag.)


Once you have your image in the right position, tap “Set Wallpaper” at the top, and it will be cropped down to the visible area on your screen. You now have a new Android background.

If you’re looking to get a phone for grandma and grandpa for Christmas, then you should check out our list of the best smartphones for seniors next. Also take a look at the best Android screen recording apps out there!

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.


  1. This doesn’t tell you how to make the photo fit just how to touch it up and ADJUST it to fit. I have a photo that’s too big to fit and I’m looking to shrink it down a bit so the WHOLE picture will fit.

  2. Whenever I pick a photo/wallpaper I downloaded (on sd-card) I get the message ‘Unfortunaley, wallpapers has stopped’ and then it goes back to main screen. May the photos be (a bit) too large or too wide ? If so, what are the max resolutions I may use herefor ? (Medion E5520)

  3. I agree with the other two comments, it’s all about the sizing. Some photos just overwhelm the home or lock screen.

  4. Yep, agreed… my personal photos that I’ve taken are way too blown up… how do we adjust this? I never had this issue with my other Samsungs… only with the S9…

  5. “instead of cropping images that were too wide, it would sprawl them across your several home screens.”
    This is exactly what I want to do – I have a panoramic picture (landscape) that I’d like to view from left to right as I scroll from ‘desktop’ to ‘desktop’ but I can’t find any setting or 3rd party app that would allow this.

    Any advise or tips ?

    Thank you

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