Setting a Wallpaper on Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy S3 Home Screen
Samsung Galaxy S3 Home Screen

Changing your Wallpaper

If you've recently purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3 or any other similar smartphone you'll probably be impressed by it's great screen quality. Before you show it off to your friends make sure you customize your wallpapers at a very minimum.

Here I'll show you how to perform a very simple Home Screen wallpaper change, though this method will work for changing both the home and lock screens.

Android Settings Menu
Android Settings Menu

First step is to enter the settings menu on your Galaxy S3. Click the lowest left button on your handset, and hit "Settings".

Galaxy S3 Custom Wallpaper
Galaxy S3 Custom Wallpaper

Once you're in the Android settings menu, hit "Wallpaper".

Android Home Screen Wallpaper
Android Home Screen Wallpaper

In the wallpaper menu, you can choose to change either the home screen, lock screen or both.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallpaper Selection
Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallpaper Selection

Next you can select the photo you want to use as your wallpaper. I created a bunch of my own from wallpapers I already had on my computer, and transferred them to my phone with Kies.

Samsung Android Resize Wallpaper
Samsung Android Resize Wallpaper

You can edit your wallpaper by size once you select it, though if you use one of the correct size already just hit "Done" without editing to keep it at full resolution.


If you want to make your own wallpapers for the SIII, then you need to use a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which is the device's native resolution. I could do a whole tutorial on how to make the wallpapers yourself if anyone's interested.

New Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallpaper
New Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallpaper

Done !

I used a nice brightly colored, high contrast, exact resolution picture, and it really shows off the screen of my new phone. People with iPhones are always amazed by the screen quality when they compare phones !

If you want wallpapers or more tutorials, let me know in the comments.

Comments 1 comment

Scott 3 years ago

Hi, I have done the steps above, even to using a properly formatted image size. However, now when I rotate my phone the wallpaper (selected from my photo gallery) does not rotate with the phone.

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