Want to add some personality to your device? Creating a wallpaper can be a fun and creative way of showing off your style. This article will tell you how you can start from square one and create a background for your device that is uniquely you.

Whether you consider yourself artsy or not, it's always great when you can have complete creative freedom. Canva is a free app with paid upgrades that allows you to create any sized design and use its elements or upload your own. So, this process can be a fun way to showcase your personality.

Before you start — download the app

Canva is a great app that will let you create your own wallpaper from scratch, use a template or edit templates that are already created. You can also use the templates they have and edit them anyway you want, but this app is a great tool to start with a blank slate. Here's how to begin to create your masterpiece on your iPhone or iPad.

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  1. Open the App Store
  2. Search for "Canva" by pressing the search icon.
  3. Or download the Canva app directly.

  4. Open the application by tapping open in the App Store.
  5. Create an account or log in with Facebook or Google.

You should now be able to see where you can create different designs by using their templates or using custom dimensions.

How to find the dimensions for your Apple product

Canva does require you to enter the pixel ratio for your Apple product. This is information you could find on the Apple website when looking at your specific product. However, here is a quick reference if you are like 99 percent of others and don't know this number off the top of your head.

iPhone:

  • iPhone SE : 1136 x 640-pixel resolution
  • iPhone 6s/7/8 : 1334 x 750-pixel resolution
  • iPhone 6s Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus: 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution
  • iPhone X and XS: 2436 x 1125-pixel resolution
  • iPhone XR: 1792 x 828-pixel resolution
  • iPhone XS Max: 2688 x 1242-pixel resolution

iPad:

  • iPad mini (all models), 5th generation and iPad air (1st gen and 2): 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution
  • iPad (9.7in): 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution
  • iPad Pro (10.5in) and iPad Air: 2224 x 1668-pixel resolution
  • iPad Pro (11in): 2388 x 1668-pixel resolution
  • iPad Pro (12.9in): 2732 x 2048-pixel resolution

This will allow you to have the perfect sized wallpaper for your Apple product. No more cropping or tweaking your pictures.

How to size your design for Canva

Once you have downloaded the app and found the size of your design, it's time to put those dimensions in and see your blank canvas. Once you have downloaded the app and found the size of your design, it's time to put those dimensions in and see your blank canvas. On your iPhone or iPad it is the same process to put this information in.

  1. Choose custom dimensions.
  2. Use the pixel size for your Apple product from the chart above.
  3. Invert the two numbers so the width is the smaller number and the height is larger for a portrait wallpaper.
  4. Click create.

At this point, you will see a beautiful blank canvas for your creative mind to do its magic.

Creating the design

Here is the fun part. You can add templates, photos, text, background, etc. Make this as simple or complex as you want. Creating a wallpaper with this app is kind of like arts and crafts project for the tech world.

iPhone:

  1. Create your design.
  2. Add elements by selecting the plus (+) icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. After finishing the design, click the download icon in the upper right corner.

iPad:

  1. Create your design.
  2. Add elements by selecting the options on the left side.
  3. After finishing the design, click the download icon in the upper right corner.

You are almost there! After you are happy with your design, and you have downloaded your creation, it will appear in your photos.

Setting the wallpaper

Congratulations! You have created your design and it is now time to set it as your wallpaper, lock screen or both. Here is how you can finish the process on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Go to your Settings.
  2. Tap Wallpaper.
  3. Tap Choose a New Wallpaper

  4. Tap All Photos.
  5. Select your custom design.
  6. Set it as **Lock Screen, Home Screen or both. **

At this point you should have an amazing wallpaper that you created. There are other apps out there that will allow you to create your own design, but none of them compare to Canva. It is free, simple to use and is available on almost every platform.

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Have a question? If you have any questions on how to design the perfect wallpaper for your personality or have an app you would like to recommend, put it in the comments section below.

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