How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Setting wallpaper on your Samsung Galaxy device

You can change the background (wallpaper) on your Samsung Galaxy smart device. Your device will include a choice of wallpapers, or you can choose to select your own image to use as a wallpaper. 

Depending on which device you have and its specifications, you may also have the option to choose to set a Live Wallpaper (moving wallpaper), or a Travel Wallpaper (showing a changing selection of travel destination pictures), amongst other device-specific options. Note that if you choose a wallpaper that isn't static, it will use more battery power than a still picture. 

There are two main ways to set wallpaper on your device, you can either press and hold on any home screen to bring up wallpaper options, or you can go into your Gallery directly and select a picture or photo from there. Please see below for step-by-step instructions for each.

Setting wallpaper from your home screen

1 Select any empty space on your home screen, then press and hold the screen
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
2 You will now be taken into your home screen options.

Please note that this screen will differ slightly depending on the model of your device. 

You will either see the option to tap Wallpapers or you will see Add to Home screen as per the second image. 

Tap Wallpapers if you see the first image.

If your device more closely resembles the second image, skip to step three.

How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
3 Choose where you want to change your wallpaper and tap that option. In the below example, we will change the Home Screen wallpaper.

You can choose different wallpapers for your Home and Lock screens. Simply repeat the steps for each screen. 

Home Screen: this is the background of your device while you are using it.

Lock Screen: this will be the background of your device when it is locked.

How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
4 Tap the wallpaper you wish to choose (from the already included) or tap Gallery to choose a picture from your personal photos and downloads.

Please note that this screen will differ slightly depending on the model of your device. 

If you wish to use a wallpaper or image from the Internet, you will need to download this onto your device first.  You can usually do this by pressing and holding the image until you get a pop-up with the option Save Photo or Save Image. You will then find it in the Downloads folder in My Files and Gallery. Ensure that you have permission to download or copy any image you download.

How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
5 Tap SET AS WALLPAPER

Note that if you have selected an image that is not the same size as the screen, you have to crop it first. Do this by using your finger to drag the box provided to the section of the image you want to use.

How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Your wallpaper will now be set.

Setting wallpaper from the Gallery

If you wish to use a personal picture or photo, or other image, you can also do this directly through the Gallery.

1 Open the Gallery (if it's not available on your home screen, tap Apps first to see all apps)
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
2 Select the picture you wish to set as wallpaper. You may need to open a folder first.

You can set your own folders in the Gallery but some will be automatically created for you such as Downloads or Whatsapp. 

Once you are in the image, tap Menu (this may appear as three dots)

How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
3 Tap Set as wallpaper
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
4 Choose where you wish to set it: Home screen, Lock screen or Home and lock screens.
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?
5 Confirm SET AS WALLPAPER
How do I change the wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

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