Ever taken a fantastic photo with your Android phone, but when you used it as your homescreen wallpaper, it didn’t look so great? It still appears distorted, blurry or zoomed in, even after cropping it to fit the resolution of your screen. This is a common issue faced by many Android phone users, and the reason stems from the relevant photo or picture having the incorrect dimensions designed for the particular Android phone. This article will explain the criteria for creating correctly-sized wallpapers on your Android phone and provide examples on how to do so via software on PC or apps on Android.
Why your photos won’t work well as the wallpaper
Wallpapers on your Android phone are handled by effectively spreading it across the homescreens, instead of having it fixed as is commonly seen in other smartphones (such as the iPhone). The wallpaper is “panned” across the screens to give it an overall panoramic effect. However, to figure out the resolution width of the homescreen, you cannot just multiply it by how many screens you utilise (whether it be 3 to 10). The way you calculate the correct background resolution is by doubling the native width and taking one times the height. So if your phone resolution is 480×800 (height x width), then the required wallpaper would be 960 x 800.
When you have obtained the correct wallpaper specifications for your Android phone, you now are able to resize the photo to the correct ratio. This can be performed either from apps on your phone or computer.
If you prefer to amend the image directly on your Android phone, there are many apps to choose from, such as Photo Editor which is available from Google Play.
When you have installed the application, launch the program and select “Gallery” on the home page.
Open the photo you want to configure from your photo album. Scroll and press on the “Resize/Fit” option from the list of functions down at the bottom.
Click Manual and enter in the required wallpaper resolution for your particular Android phone. For our example, we are using the wallpaper resolution, 960 x 800, calculated for a Galaxy Samsung S2. Be sure to untick “Keep Aspect Ratio” so you can enter in the exact figures. Tap OK to continue.
The photo has now been resized. Select the green tick icon on the top right hand side to save changes.
Select the disk icon in the top right hand corner. You are provided with options such as setting the quality of the image (10-100) and what you wish to do with the modified image. Since we want to set this amended image as our Android wallpaper, click the Wallpaper option. For our example, we chose to leave the quality as the default 95. If you would like to save the wallpaper option for later, select Gallery where the photo will be saved under folder name PhotoEditor on your Android.
For computers, there are a variety of free programs you can use to generate your ideal wallpaper. Even the simple Paint in Windows will do the job well. If you prefer not to download and install software on your computer, you can use Pixlr which enables you to amend your pictures completely online.
With the proper application, blurry, greatly zoomed in wallpaper on your Android phone will be a thing of the past. If you are searching for wallpapers online, remember to have your wallpaper resolution at the ready to be sure you got the right fit for your device.
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