Wallpapers are the easiest way to customize practically any device that runs under an operating system. This is in no way something exclusive to Android, but the Play Store does offer a large number of wallpaper apps. Sure, there are many other ways to personalize your device from custom ROMs to launchers, but the fastest way to freshen up the look to your smartphone is to simply change the wallpaper.
Hopefully our roundup of wallpaper apps will help you find the perfect one for you, so you’ll have your favorite collection of wallpapers on hand when you feel like giving your phone a quick revamp.
Without a doubt, ZEDGE is one of the veteran Android apps, and if you’ve been scouring the Play Store for wallpaper apps, you might have come across this one. ZEDGE doesn’t offer just wallpapers, it has ringtones and notification sounds as well.
However, we chose to feature it, because of the impressive collection of wallpapers it includes along with widgets, suggestion-based search, nicely organized categories and a setting to change wallpapers automatically, among other features.
500px is a great website where photographers share their best work with the rest of the world. Many of the photos displayed on 500px are as unique as they are amazing. 500 Firepaper offers images from 500px as wallpapers and it changes them at regular intervals so you’ll never get bored.
The settings for this particular function are quite thorough – for example, the wallpaper can change every time the screen turns off, or when you tap an image with three fingers. The imagery shown by 500 Firepaper is high resolution, so this app is a bit memory-hungry and more suitable for higher-end devices.
Also, you should know the terms of the 500px API used by 500 Firepaper doesn’t allow the wallpapers to be downloaded, and one particular image can’t be shown for more than 24 hours (7 days for the Pro version).
TapDeck – Wallpaper Discovery
TapDeck is a rather new wallpaper app that offers contextual discovery. In other words, it learns what you like to show relevant content and lets you save your favorites so you can reuse them over and over.
You can double tap on the wallpaper to change it and swiping up will display a menu where you can see information about that particular image. The most appealing thing about TapDeck is its way of helping users discover content: the app chooses which wallpapers will be displayed on your device, based on your preferences and you don’t have to use a search engine to find new content you like. With every image you “like”, TapDeck learns a little more about your personal tastes.
The app is still in beta, but it already include thousands of wallpapers so it’s unlikely you’ll get bored of it too soon. On top of that, it works with some of the most popular launchers, like Google Now Launcher, CM Launcher, Everything Me Launcher and others.
Muzei is an art-oriented wallpaper app, displaying beautiful and famous works of art on your device’s screen. It also changes the wallpaper at regular intervals and it lets you use your own photos (or from third-party apps) as well.
Furthermore, this app comes with a variety of plugins, which is a great way to add packs of artwork you’re actually interested in. Last, but not least, Muzei has a watch face, so you can enjoy your favorite wallpapers from the app on your wrist too.
If you’re a Material Design fan but the Android Lollipop stock wallpapers are simply not enough, Minima offers some pretty nice alternatives that suit Google’s latest design guidelines. It’s all about geometric shapes with clever color combinations that are incredibly attractive and keep your screen looking clean at the same time.
Minima offers 30 free themes (and 60 more in the Pro version) that you can play around with as it lets you tweak their colors to your liking. However, the option to change themes automatically is available only in the Pro version, but those free themes look very stylish and are definitely worth looking at.
This Material Design wallpaper app has a brilliantly simple interface. Cropping and setting images as wallpapers is very easy and all the images are designed in 2k. There are some of the most popular types of wallpapers offered such as Material Design, Minimal, Low Poly, Mosaic, Gradients, Crystal and so on.
The collection’s size is far from ZEDGE’s and other popular titles but if you like modern, clean looking wallpapers, Wallrox is a must have.
Wallmax is using alpha.wallhaven.cc – a site created by people who love wallpapers – as a source. With that said, the app is not one of the most popular, but it does provide some beautiful wallpapers you won’t find anywhere else.
There are various ways to discover new wallpapers – you can sort them by resolution or type (and other criteria), search by tags and even browse through random wallpapers. The app can also change your wallpaper automatically, using a random selection from a specified category. Wallmax definitely simplifies exploration and offers an interesting collection of wallpapers.
Nevertheless, the app is currently in beta so you can expect some bugs and lack of performance here and there. A small price for an app that’s great in every other aspect and gets new additions on a regular basis.
Hipster Wallpaper – HPSTR
HPSTR has taken some of the best features from other wallpaper apps and I’d say it did a pretty good job. It lets you choose from three different wallpaper sources: 500px, Reddit and Unsplash plus it also offers some useful image editing and sharing features.
The app applies translucent shapes on top of wallpapers and includes a variety of filters and effects to make them as unique as yourself. However, these additions randomly change from time to time. Buying the Pro version lets you use multiple sources and manually change shapes, filters and effects.
This app is definitely one of the most popular ones from this roundup regarding both downloads and ratings. It’s a classic wallpaper app – you won’t get smart suggestions, or auto cycling features. However, the Material Design interface is a pleasure to use and the wallpaper collection is quite extensive – over 8,000 beautiful images with daily new additions.
The wallpapers are nicely sorted into categories, but you can also search by keyboard and see the most popular wallpapers of the moment. Backgrounds HD includes only high quality images, selected by OGQ’s staff, plus you can also share your favorite wallpapers from within the app.
If what you want is a huge assortment of high quality wallpapers, Cool Wallpapers HD won’t disappoint you. This app has more than 100,000 collections of images and new ones are added “by the minute”, according to the developers.
The interface is clean and intuitive, plus all the images are sorted into categories, which you can order by popularity or recent additions. Support for Android Wear, search by keyword and sharing options are included as well. On the down side, this free app is ad-supported, and those ads are a bit annoying. Even so, those crisp, beautiful images are worth tolerating them.
Have you tried some of these apps (and maybe others we haven’t mentioned in this roundup)? Tell us which ones are your favorites and what other interesting wallpaper apps you have discovered!
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