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iPhone App Review: Home Screen Wallpaper Maker

iPhone App Review: Home Screen Wallpaper Maker

October 11th, 2010 by

One of the precious few ways which Apple allows its users to customize their iOS devices is by changing the wallpaper, on both the home screen and the lock screen. In fact, as iOS devices become more and more popular, a unique background is sometimes the fastest way to figure out whose device is whose. Not only that, a really cool wallpaper can make you feel like you have a whole new iPhone, even if only for a few minutes.

Home Screen Wallpaper Maker is a nice, free way to create attractive backgrounds for your device. Sure you can just snap a picture and use that for your wallpaper, but this app allows you to customize the pictures before saving them back to the camera roll and selecting them as backgrounds.


The app is simple to use. You first either select one of the many included high-quality backgrounds, or select a picture from your camera roll. Then you can choose to add frames to your app icons, then you save the background back to your camera roll to use as a wallpaper. There is even a random button, though the results may obviously not be to your liking.

Limitations in iOS itself prevent the app from being able to directly change your background, which is why you must save the image first to your camera roll and then select it as a background.

Pros and Cons

The app works smoothly and does a great job of adding the frames to the icon placeholders. The frames add a nice touch of class to otherwise static backgrounds. There is also a nice varied selection of background images to choose from, though you can of course get background images from many other sources.

The only things I wish this app had to offer was the ability to take a picture and use that as a background, rather than having to only choose from the camera roll; and more effects to add to pictures that you choose for backgrounds (some basic color balance effects, brightness and contrast, etc).

All in all, this is a great free app that does a nice job of spicing up your iOS device’s otherwise bland wallpaper.

Home Screen Wallpaper Maker is free, and has minimal ads.

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