Customize Wallpapers in Android Honeycomb

July 4, 2011, By Christian Cawley

One of the most important aspects of any computing platform is the ability to customize the way it looks, from selecting a particular font to using a favoured background image. The same is true of mobile platforms such as Android Honeycomb, the new tablet-based operating system that is gearing up to be a major competitor to the Apple iPad.

While the default wallpapers on Android are very attractive and in some cases exciting, some can also contribute to battery drain.  As such, you might opt to find wallpaper that you feel is appropriate for your device and doesn’t have the animation that impacts on your battery.

With various background options available on Android Honeycomb tablets, you should find that it is pretty simple to find and apply the image you want!

Customize wallpapers in Android Honeycomb

Default Honeycomb Wallpapers

Several default wallpapers are available in Honeycomb, and you can take a look at these by tapping and holding an empty space on the Home screen, or tapping the + symbol in the top right corner. In the next screen, select Wallpapers, where you will find a selection of images in folders titled Gallery, Live Wallpaper and Wallpapers.

The Gallery folder includes all images that you have snapped with your tablet’s camera and others that you might have saved to your device, while the Live Wallpaper option features the stunning but power-draining animated wallpaper options.

Meanwhile, the Wallpapers folder holds the largest selection of options, and all you need to do is open the folder and select the wallpaper that you want to apply it!

Finding and Applying Wallpapers from Elsewhere

There are many other resources for finding suitable wallpapers, from custom-built collections available via the Android Market to images that you can find and download yourself.

You will find countless examples of custom background images in the Market, so if this is the option you want to go for, head over their now and simply search for “wallpaper” or “honeycomb wallpaper” – however, if you want a more personalized, custom option, you can find and save images from the web and then set these as your tablet wallpaper.

This is really easy, and can be done in either of two ways. The first is to browse the web looking for a suitable image (perhaps using Google Images) and when the image is available and has a suitable resolution (anything above 800 x 600 should be suitable) open it in the browser and then tap and hold. You will get the option to Save image, which will then store the selected image on your tablet in your personal folder. This will add the graphic to your gallery, and the image will then be ready for you to apply using the instructions in the section above.

Alternatively, you can simply use the Set as wallpaper image to instantly add the image to your Honeycomb Home screen!

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