How to Create a Screen Saver on an iPad

You can customise just about every iPad feature and capability to suit your style, from how it looks to how it plays music. With a preinstalled app called Picture Frame, you can also customise how your iPad sleeps. Animate a presentation using the images stored on your device, and then activate it like a traditional computer screen saver when your iPad is not in use.

Tap "Settings" on your Home screen, and then "Picture Frame" on the left pane.

Tap "Dissolve" to fill your iPad screen with one image at a time and transition softly between them. Alternatively, tap "Origami" to display a collage of images that will randomly fold like paper to reveal the next set of images.

Adjust how long to flash each image or group of images; tap 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 seconds under "Show Each Image For." Next, tap the "Shuffle" switch "On" if you wish to display your images randomly rather than in the sequence that they are stored in you photo library and albums. If you chose "Dissolve" as your transition between images in Step 2, then you can also tap to activate "Zoom in on Faces." Forgo this zoom option if your images don't have portraits or you'd like to see big-picture details, such as in landscapes.

Choose "All Photos" for your iPad to cycle through your entire collection of photos, or choose "Albums" if you prefer to draw only from specific collections. If the latter, tap to check the albums you want to draw from or clear the ticks of those you wish to keep private.

Press the "Sleep/Wake" button on the upper right edge of your device, then press the "Home" button to bring up your locked screen. Tap the small "Flower" icon to the right of your slider. Your screen saver images will begin to display on-screen.


To stop your screen saver, press the "Home" button and then tap the "Flower" icon next to the slider. For maximum control of screen saver images, set up a photo album containing only the select photos that you care to share. Then sync your iPad to that album using iTunes.

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Since 1988, Diana Faustmann has been writing on technology, business and culture. Her articles have appeared in various print publications, corporate websites and authoritative online sites. Faustmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Philippines.