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How to customize your iPhone and iPad inside and out

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Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the original iPhone was introduced?

It’s true. Apple held a special event to introduce the amazing smartphone to the world in 2007.

The popular gadget has come a long way since then. Better cameras, faster processors and more storage space just to name a few upgrades.

There are millions of these sleek, powerful devices being used by customers all over the world. Many of them all look and sound alike, but I’m sure you’d like to make yours stand out from the crowd.

That’s why you need to know about these three clever ways to customize your iPhone or iPad.

How to customize your wallpaper

Customizing your iPhone’s wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to give it that personal touch. Wallpaper, of course, is a digital image used as a decorative background for your iPhone or iPad.

Most gadgets come with a default wallpaper on their home screen that you’ll see when you power it on for the first time. Choosing one of your own photos, or one of your favorite works of art as your background is a great way to show off your style. Here are the steps:

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Wallpaper.
  • Tap Choose a New Wallpaper.
  • Select location – This is where you will find the image you want to use for your wallpaper. You have four options to choose from: 1. Dynamic – Circles that float around the screen and respond to your gadget’s motion. 2. Stills – This is Apple’s image gallery. 3. Live – This is Apple’s Live Photo images gallery that animate when you 3D touch them (your gadget must support 3D Touch). 4. Libraries – These are all the images stored in your Photos app including Camera Roll, Selfies, Live Photo and Screenshots.
  • Tap the image you want to use.
  • Adjust default settings – If you’re not happy with the default settings, you can adjust them. 1. Move and Scale – If it’s one of your photos, you can slide it around and pinch-to-zoom in and out to frame it the way you want. 2. Motion – Select if you want it still (no motion effect), perspective (moves slightly as your gadget moves), or Live Photo (if available, animates on 3D Touch).
  • Tap Set.
  • Set location – Tap Set Lock Screen if you only want to change the Lock screen wallpaper. Tap Set Home Screen if you only want to change the home screen wallpaper, or tap Set Both to change the home screen and lock screen wallpaper.

How to change your iPhone’s ringtone

Now that you’ve learned how to give your home screen a personal touch, let’s work on how your iPhone sounds. Your gadget has a default sound set as its ringtone, but you can change it to something that you like better. Here’s how:

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Sounds.

  • Tap Ringtone.
  • Select Ringtone – Under Ringtones, you will see a list of pre-loaded sounds to choose from. Scroll through the list and tap on each option to hear what it sounds like. Keep scrolling and you will see an Alert Tones section. These can also be used as your ringtone. When you select an option, a checkmark will appear next to it. This is to show you which option has been selected and that it has been set as your ringtone.

  • Tap Sounds – Select Sounds in the upper corner to go back to the previous page or just click on the home button to go to the home screen. Your ringtone selection will be saved automatically.

If you don’t like any of the ringtone options provided by Apple you can get free ringtones from apps like Zedge or purchase them.

How to set up custom vibration alerts

Wouldn’t it be nice to know who is calling you without looking at your iPhone, even when the ringer is off?

This little-known trick does just that. There’s actually a way to create custom vibrations for your contacts. Here’s how it’s done:

Within your Phone app, tap Contacts, then select the name of the contact you’d like to customize.

Next, tap Edit, then scroll down until you see “Text Tone.” This setting is typically on Default.

Tap the arrow on the right-hand side and scroll until you see “Vibration.” Tap this arrow and scroll past the different built-in vibration options until you see “Create New Vibration.”

Here, you’ll see a blank gray screen where you can tap out custom patterns. Tap the beat of your favorite song if you’d like, or do something completely random. After you’ve recorded a new vibration pattern, hit Play to play it back, and once you’re happy with it, hit Save.

Bonus Tip: Watch this article’s video to learn how to customize your gadget’s exterior with a new skin. There are several different looks to choose from.

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