Use Google Draw to Make Custom Wallpapers for Mobile Devices
"Be Careful What You Ask Me When I'm Fresh From An Ed Tech Conference"
I was sitting with a friend Sunday evening after the Palo Alto GAFE Summit, in the Palo Alto Creamery when she asks me, "There's gotta be a way to like write something witty and make it the background on my iPhone, right?" Immediately I had about three things come to mind. However, the one I liked the best was using some of the new tricks I had just learned from James Petersen (@jpetersen02) at the GAFE Summit.
"YEAH! You can totally make it in Google Drawing, and then save it as a .PNG in your Google Drive on your MacBook, then open it in the Google Drive app on the iPhone...you have the Google Drive app, right? NO? Why not?...okay, never mind. Download the G-Drive app, and then save it from there to your camera roll. Presto!"
This is something that isn't that hard, but there are a handful of little steps, that are easier to see, so I thought I would do a quick blog post about this #StupidTechTrick, because part of me thinks this might be a good way to personalize tablets in a 1:1 setting. I also wanted to see if anyone else in the Ed Tech world could think of another use for this trick.
Also, it should be noted that this will work with iOS mobile devices as well as Android ones.
Step 1: Figure out what is the resolution of your device. You can find this out with a google search. In this case we're talking about iPhone 5 which has a listed resolution of 1136 x 640--this measurement is in pixels. We're going to reverse the order of these because most people wants their wallpaper in the "portrait" orientation.
Step 1a: Open up a new Google Drawing and then click FILE>Page Setup and change the size of the Canvas of your drawing to "Custom". Make sure you put the narrow side (smaller number) the width--in other word the first number.
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