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How to Change your Galaxy S5 Wallpaper



With the Samsung Galaxy S5 available in the United States from all major carriers and around the globe, we continued to get a lot of questions from consumers and fans regarding how to perform certain tasks. If you want to change the wallpaper on your Galaxy S5 and are new to smartphones, or Android, we have you covered.

The fancy 5.1-inch 1080p display on the Galaxy S5 looks excellent no matter what, but using an awesome or pretty wallpaper can really make your phone pop. Everything from the wallpaper, to customizing the lockscreen and more is available.

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The first thing you see every time you use and enjoy the Galaxy S5 is the lock or homescreen, so naturally it’s completely customizable, even if Samsung doesn’t make that very apparent. Below is a quick tutorial explaining how to easily change the wallpaper (and find good wallpapers) on the Galaxy S5 for beginners.


We understand this is a fairly common feature that many smartphones owners do on a daily basis, but not everyone is familiar with Android, or how Samsung’s software works. As a result, beginners or first-time smartphone owners looking to change the wallpaper to a picture of their kids or a beautiful beach will want to read on for the quick instructions.

Part of the excitement of getting a new phone is setting it up the way you’d like, even if that can be a bit daunting for beginners. As a result, the easy to understand steps below will have you changing that wallpaper on the Galaxy S5 in no time.


Tap and hold anywhere on your homescreen that there isn’t an app or a weather widget, and the screen will zoom out to a customize mode. From here you can rearrange icons, change what screen is the main screen when you hit the home button, but you can also change your wallpaper.

Simply tap and hold as mentioned above, then select “Wallpapers” on the bottom left. Tap that and you’ll get an option to change the homescreen, lockscreen, or both. I like to mix it up, but to each his own.

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From here you’ll be sent to the pick wallpaper app, where you’ll be able to scroll through a list of Samsung’s wallpapers installed on the phone, or tap the first box called “more images” to go into your own gallery. This will let you find wallpapers you’ve downloaded from the internet or popular apps like Zedge, or simply scroll through your camera gallery until you find a picture of the family, kids, pets, or anything else you’d like to use.

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Again, tap and hold the homescreen, tap Wallpapers, select homescreen, more images, pick what you want and then tap “Set Wallpaper”. It’s that easy!

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There are tons of different apps available from the Google Play Store users can download if they’d like to find custom wallpapers, or even live wallpapers that move with the display. Zedge is one of the most popular apps full of beautiful wallpapers, ringtones, and tons of other customization for your smartphone. It’s been used for years, and has one of the biggest and best selections to choose from.

Premium Wallpapers HD is another excellent option, especially considering the Galaxy S5 has a big 5.1-inch 1080p full HD display. You’ll want HD wallpapers to keep things looking good.

I tend to use my own images or wallpapers from a folder I’ve collected over the years, but if you’re new to Android or a smartphone these are a few good places to start. For even more information on your new smartphone check out our Galaxy S5 How to selection.

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