While Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices are incredibly flexible and functional right out of the gate, many consumers nevertheless prefer to put their own personal stamp on them. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of ways to personalize iOS devices so that there’s no question who they belong to. Whether you want to project an air of technical sophistication or display your quirky and creative side, there’s a wide array of options for every user. Here are a few of the most popular methods for customizing your iPhone or iPod Touch for a singular look that stands out from the crowd.Custom Ringtones.
One of the most obvious customizations that consumers can make to their iPhone is to install custom ringers for different callers. You can start off by selecting one of the currently available ring tones already preloaded on your iPhone by clicking “Settings”, going to the “Sounds” section, and finding “Ringtones”. A more fun alternative is to use your iTunes library to create more unique and creative tones. Basically, all you have to do is cut a 30 second clip from a song or audio file and set it up in the “Ringtones” section. Review this instructional guide to find out how to do it.
Wallpapers and Backgrounds
The default iOS theme is gorgeous and well thought-out, but many prefer adding their own desktop wallpapers to their phones. To install a wallpaper, tap “Settings” and go to “Wallpaper”. You can select the image you want for your wallpaper from there. To set a photo as your background, open up your Photos app, hit “Camera Roll”, and select the photo from your library that you want to use. For custom wallpapers optimized for image quality and the size of the iPhone or iPod Touch screen, try Smashing Magazine orDeviantArt.
Cases and Skins
A common customization that has the added benefit of protecting your phone is a custom case. Cases range from utilitarian to artistic, and everything in between. Colorware is a stylish and functional case manufacturer that produces cases for every phone imaginable, including the iPhone. GelaSkins is another popular option for attractive and functional cases that protect and beautify your phone at the same time. Case-Mate is easily one of the most popular case makers around, and they offer the ability to customize cases as you see fit. Cases by iFrogz are equally popular and fashionable as well.
Another fun way to add a functional yet stylish case to your iPhone is to create your own. SkinIt offers both ready-made skins and custom options you can design yourself. Uncommon is another option for 100% unique cases that you can personalize. They’ll take an image you choose, slap it on a case, and ship it to you for $39.95. If you’re into leather, in blue will stencil the design of your choice onto a carrying case for your iPhone. One more popular choice for custom cases is Zazzle, a company that specializes in customizing everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs.
We’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible with the iPhone and the iPod. There are literally hundreds of other ways to personalize your iPhone to give it the look you want. In addition, there are a number of terrific accessories available for the iPhone that can extend the functionality of the stock phone for many different purposes. Furthermore, there’s no deficit of potential ideas that may come to fruition in the future if the stars align. Regardless of your personal preferences, you’ll find that there’s a way to perform practically any customization you like on your iPhone.