Wallpapers are an integral part of our mobile experience, and manufacturers are well aware of this. Year after year, we see companies refreshing their default wallpapers to offer some variety for the customers. However, it can be quite boring pretty quickly, especially since you only get a handful of wallpapers with every phone.
This is where third party wallpaper apps come into the equation. There are several such apps available on the Play Store right now, which can be somewhat confusing at times. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to briefly dive into five of the best wallpaper apps that you can get for Android right now. You might be aware of some of these products, so don’t be surprised if some of these names ring a bell.
So let’s get right to it.
5 Best Wallpaper Apps For Android
This app contains a comprehensive list of wallpapers that are updated everyday. You have access to a variety of categories to pick your favorite background. There’s also contribution included in this app, allowing users from around the world to create and share their work with the rest of the fans. Every image/wallpaper you come across will have information on the artist and their website as well, giving artists the recognition they richly deserve.
To make sure you don’t lose a wallpaper you saw on the app, there’s a favorites option, letting you save them within the app in addition to saving them on your phone or tablet. You can even share wallpapers that you find on the app using your selection of social media apps. By adding the social aspect, the developers ensure that the word goes around pretty quickly.
As is the case with wallpaper apps, this one is free to download but comes with a few ads. Sadly, there are no in-app purchases to make the ads go away. But still, it’s a pretty popular app with over 100 million installs to its name.
This is yet another popular wallpaper app with a number of user friendly features on board. What I personally like about this wallpaper is that you can search based on the color of a wallpaper, allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Once you’ve picked a wallpaper that suits your liking, you can directly set it as your device wallpaper from within the app. This is not a groundbreaking feature, however, as it can be found on almost every wallpaper app out there.
You have multiple categories here allowing you to browse over 200,000 wallpapers from the app. The user can also search for an app based on tags, which won’t be handy for everyone, but a good feature to have nevertheless. The exhaustive categories along with the fact that the app is free to download, makes for a truly exciting combination. The developer mentions that new wallpapers are added “by the minute”, so you have access to plenty of new wallpapers every day.
Much like the app we talked about above, Kappboom comes with ads, but no in-app purchases. This app is compatible with devices running Android 4.1 and above.
This wallpaper app has been around for a while and deserves particular mention as it is one of the few apps in this genre that offers high quality wallpapers of popular artwork (like The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh). The app has been updated to function with the new crop of devices, so you won’t find compatibility issues as long as your phone/tablet is running Android 4.0 or higher.
These are live wallpapers, meaning they are continually moving on your homescreen. While this may look fancy at first, live wallpapers tend to drain the battery life of a phone significantly. So be sure to check before you stick to one live wallpaper. If you’re not a fan of popular artwork, you can also choose images from your gallery to be set as wallpapers. There’s also the option of letting the app automatically set wallpapers every hour or so, keeping your homescreen fresh.
This is perhaps one of the few wallpaper apps that has no ads and in-app purchases. Be sure to check it out from the Play Store.
If you’re not familiar with Tapet, well, it’s one of the few apps to have won an award for its concept. It’s not an ordinary wallpaper app as it doesn’t curate photos from the internet. Instead, it creates custom images on the fly for each user, making your wallpaper stand out from a fellow Tapet user. The users can also make the app automatically change the wallpaper every hour or every day.
It is advised to save a wallpaper if you like it as the developer mentions that a wallpaper you see once might not appear again. This can be a positive or a negative depending on how you look at it. The wallpapers are generated for your device, so they’re automatically in the resolution that your phone supports, resulting in truly amazing wallpapers for your phone. The app is free to download, and has no ads. There are in-app purchases, however.
This dedicated wallpaper app by the creators of Android is relatively new to the scene, but is home to some of the best wallpapers you can find online. Some of its features are limited to Android 7.0+ devices, however, which is a bit disappointing. For example, you can set a different wallpaper for your homescreen and lockscreen as long as you have a smartphone running Android Nougat or higher.
You can pick a category for the app to automatically change the wallpaper each day. Images are curated from Google Earth and Google+, resulting in stunning high definition photos taken from a range of sources. Naturally, you can also set custom photos from your gallery as wallpapers, which somewhat defeats the purpose of having a standalone wallpaper app. The app is free to download and is devoid of ads and in-app purchases.