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.
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.
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.
Updated on June 13th, 2022 by Tanner Fox: There are hundreds upon hundreds of wallpaper apps to choose from on the Android Marketplace, each designed with different sorts of users in mind. From those who want a real-time weather report baked into their phone’s background image to those who want to make changing their backgrounds as painless as possible, there’s quite a selection available.
Of course, free apps always come with downsides, and, in some cases, fishing for an adequate wallpaper app can turn into a serious test of patience. These twelve selections, however, could fulfill the needs of almost any Android user.
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: Kappboom is one of the most intuitive wallpaper apps in the Android Marketplace. Not only is it easy to use, but it’s efficient on memory, something that’s always a premium on aging phones. Additionally, Kappboom allows users to send wallpapers to their Android Wear devices.
Cons: Like most free-to-use applications, Kappboom makes use of ads, some of which come across as a bit intrusive. The preview function is also a bit lacking, and most users will probably find themselves downloading every wallpaper to get a good idea of what it looks like.
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.
Cons: Some users complain about frequent crashes and difficulty loading live wallpapers. Fortunately, the app is updated regularly to address these bugs.
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.
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: The idea behind Walpy is simple: Take the best photos from Unsplash.com, turn them into a wallpaper app, and add a ton of editing tools to make them look exactly how you want. Even better, the app is free to download and has a clean UI that’s super easy to navigate.
Cons: Looking through user reviews, a few people have complained that Walpy’s ‘Auto change wallpapers’ function often doesn’t work as intended. Something to keep in mind before downloading!
Pros: Paperland has to be one of the coolest wallpaper apps currently available on the Android Marketplace. It incorporates local time and information from Accuweather to create an arts-and-crafts rendition of the world as it may look from the user’s window. It makes for an excellent way to instantly get a sense of the time of day and weather.
Cons: Users are limited to the paper aesthetic and will have to download one of the developer’s other apps if they’re looking for a change of pace.
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.
Pros: If you want a wallpaper app that’s 100 percent free and simple to use, Google Wallpapers is the way to go. It has numerous categories of styles available, including Landscapes, Textures, Art, and more. Some wallpapers are static, while others come to life in different ways (such as looping animations or colors that change based on a phone’s remaining battery). There’s no premium version or any ads to speak of, and it even comes pre-installed on Google Pixel smartphones.
Cons: Compared to the other wallpaper apps, Google Wallpapers has much fewer wallpapers to choose from. The quality of what’s available is top-notch, but relative to the other apps on this list, the quantity may leave some users wanting more.
Pros: Backdrops first hit the Google Play Store in 2015, and in the years since then, it’s established itself as one of the best Android wallpaper apps on the market. It has one of the most intuitive app interfaces, hundreds of exclusive wallpapers not found anywhere else, and other wallpapers uploaded by the community. Users can quickly ‘heart’ wallpapers to mark their favorites and apply them directly from the app. Backdrops looks good, performs great, and has an enormous variety of styles to choose from.
Cons: Similar to other wallpaper apps, the free version of Backdrops includes ads and blocks access to the ‘Pro Pack.’
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