With the plethora of free wallpaper apps available to Android users on the Google Play store, it’s easy to find the perfect background for your phone.
By Megan Summers
Published Mar 31, 2021
Starring at the same wallpaper on a phone or tablet gets very boring, but who wants to spend hours scrolling through Google Images or old photos to find the perfect background? With the plethora of free wallpaper apps available to Android users on the Google Play store, there’s no need to waste time endlessly searching anymore.
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These customizable apps include more wallpaper options than one person could ever need in their?lifetime. Some offer live wallpapers, while others give users the option to automatically switch backgrounds without doing anything. These apps also feature a wide range of choices for every type of Android phone, as well as wallpapers designed to suit any style — from minimalistic to natural to animated.
Pros:?Tapet offers minimalistic, patterned backgrounds automatically updated to a downloader’s phone on a cyclical basis. Users can choose color schemes and patterns to suit the wallpapers to their liking. Tapet’s interface is as streamlined as the abstract images it provides.
Cons:?Most of the wallpapers available in the app are premium, meaning the free options are limited.
Pros: This app collects a stunning collection of AMOLED images, which incorporate more intense color and black space, from Reddit. It also includes the option for users to have their wallpaper changed every day.
Cons: Users need a?device with an AMOLED display screen; otherwise, they won’t benefit from the added clarity and color saturation found in the wallpapers available in AmoledBackgrounds. The interface for the app may be confusing for those who don’t know how to use Reddit, and some have reported issues with crashing.
Pros:?LitWallz features an extensive, actively growing database of HD, 4K, Ultra HD, and live wallpapers. Its simple, easy-to-use interface helps users find the perfect option for their device, from superheroes to landscapes to video games.
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Cons:?Some users complain about frequent crashes and difficulty loading live wallpapers. Fortunately, the app is updated regularly to address these bugs.
Pros: In addition to offering a wide array of engaging live wallpapers, Live Wallpapers also contains a massive trove of static wallpapers for users whose?devices may not be able to handle active screen images. From real-life scenes to animated clips, the free selections are impressive; also impressive are Live Wallpaper’s interface and customizable options.
Cons: The app sometimes needs to be restarted, as the display settings?can get?unstable?or stop working altogether. Live Wallpapers also contains a lot of ads, which can be difficult for some people to navigate.
Pros: One of the oldest wallpaper apps out there for Android users, Zedge contains a wealth of 4K, HD, and live wallpapers that are easy to find, download, and set on different devices. Its extensive catalog suits any style, color scheme, or personal preference.
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Cons:?While it was on top for quite some time, more and more users are complaining about the excess amount of ads they encounter while using Zedge. Its selection is also being challenged by newer apps with more diverse offerings.
Pro:?Muzei Live Wallpaper offers a next-level live wallpaper experience, as it gives its users knowledge about the most famous paintings of all time. Depending upon the settings established, users can cycle through a new wallpaper anywhere from every 15 minutes to every 3 days. These wallpapers do an excellent job of fading into the background so they don’t offer too much of a distraction from apps or widgets.
Cons:?Aspects of the interface can be confusing, and some of the specialized features are difficult to understand for some users.
Pros:?Backgrounds HD is one of the more popular free wallpaper apps for Androids, proven by the fact more than 2,000,000 people have reviewed it on Google Play. This diverse app contains background videos, pictures, illustrations, and watches. Users can even upload their own wallpapers and try to sell them on the paid version of Backgrounds HD.
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Cons: Despite the app’s established popularity,?gripes in recent months have focused on its loud ads that pop up too often and are difficult to diminish.
Pros:?With Kappboom, it’s effortless to search through over 200,000 curated HD wallpapers. The app’s range of choices is organized by features such as color or categories like vintage, animals, and abstract — to name a few. Users with?Android Wear can even transfer wallpapers to their watch.
Cons:?Some downloaders complain about Kappboom’s ads, as well as its lack of full-screen previews for its wallpapers.
Pros:?Abstruct is the one-of-a-kind wallpaper app designed by artist?Hampus Olsson, who is responsible for making backgrounds for OnePlus Devices. Olsson’s breathtaking selection of?nonrepresentational wallpapers?will look amazing on any device. Abstruct’s interface is also a work of art in its own right.
Cons:?Out of the 300 HD backgrounds currently available, only a certain portion is free. The rest are behind a?$2 paywall.
Pros:?Walli stands out from the rest of the free Android background apps on the market because of its collection of curated wallpapers made by a hand-picked group of creators. Instead of the stock images found on other apps, Walli’s dazzling options represent the best and newest in the world of digital art. The result is a professional, high-quality app.
Cons:?The free version comes with ads and limited options that may convince some users to pay for the premium app.
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Megan is a public librarian by trade obsessed with the intersections between art, culture, and society. She’s a nerd for horror, obscure memes, weird history, graphic novels, and binge-worthy science fiction series.
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