Home Screen Tips

How to change the wallpaper to customize your iPhone or iPad

One of the ways to make your iPhone or iPad your own is to set a different or unique wallpaper for your Lock screen, your Home screen, or both. As long as the photo is roughly the right resolution and aspect ratio, it should look great. You can change your wallpaper in either the Settings app or the Photos app.

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How to use the Home screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The Home screen — known behind the scenes as SpringBoard — is the central hub of iPhone and iPad activity. It's not a destination. You're not meant to linger there and stare. It's a transport, a gateway. It's what gets you to your apps and your content. From the Home screen you can tap app and game icons, music and video players, web browsers and online stores. You can also access Spotlight to quickly search for apps, content, and more, and invoke Multitasking, Notification Center, Control Center, Siri, and more.

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How to remove apps and delete folders on your iPhone or iPad

App folders are a great way to collect and organize all the apps on your iPhone or iPad Home screen. You can even change and update them — remove apps and even remove the folders themselves! — as your needs or favorites change over time. Best of all, taking apps out of folders and deleting folders from your Home screen are easy to do.

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How to create folders and add apps on your iPhone or iPad

The iPhone Home screen can hold dozens and dozens of apps, but thanks to folders, that number leaps up to thousands. Folders lets you collect and organize apps of a similar type, or for a similar task, all together in one place. Bets of all, they're easy to create.

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How to delete an app from your iPhone or iPad

The App Store offers hundreds of thousands of apps for you to choose from. Unfortunately not all of them will fit on your iPhone or iPad so you'll have to choose which ones are important enough stick around. There may come a time you need to delete apps to free up some space, or perhaps you just don't use them anymore. Luckily, it's super easy to get rid of them. Here's how:

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How to use multitasking gesture navigation shortcuts on the new iPad

Multitasking gestures are quick, multitouch shortcuts for navigating around your iPad. You can enable or disable them in Settings (to avoid, for example, swiping in Fruit Ninja and suddenly ending up in Mail). When they're on, however, and you're used to using them, you can really fly between your iPad apps.

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How to use the iPad Home button to navigate, access the fast app switcher, take a screenshot, and more

There's only one physical hardware button on the front of the new iPad so it's little wonder Apple has put it to work with several levels of functionality. While all the basic things are covered by the good old single click, there's a lot more, and a lot more advanced functionality hidden beneath that Home button using double and triple clicks and more.

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Daily Tip: How to improve the look of your home screen Safari bookmark icons

Wondering how to make your home screen Safari bookmarks (Web Clips) look better? If the site you visited hasn’t made the effort to create a proper home page icon, all you end up with is a screenshot of the webpage. If the page is mostly text it can look awful on your home screen. Well the good news is there is a work around that will allow you to improve the look of that icon. We’ll show you how, after the break!

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Daily Tip: How to navigate through your home screens in three different ways

New to iPhone or iPad and wondering how to quickly navigate through your home screens, if you have multiple pages of apps and folders? Well the good news is, there are three different ways to do this, which means you'll likely find at least one that suits you. We’ll show you how, after the break!

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Daily Tip: How to stop an app download/install iOS 4.3

Started downloading a big game or navigation app and need to stop the install and delete the app? If you're running the new iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you've now got the ability to do just that. Sure you could always pause a download and you still can but sometimes you might just want the app gone, gone, gone. We'll show you how to do it after the break!

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