Every time you unlock your phone, the first scenery you would see is your phone’s wallpaper. So it’s necessary to set a good-looking wallpaper for your phone. Some people like setting the photos they take by their smartphone as wallpaper, while others like setting wallpaper by using a wallpaper app. And here we put together some best free wallpaper apps for your Android device.
Wallpapers by Google isn’t the company’s best-known app, but it’s a solid choice for anyone that wants to have a whole range of different wallpaper options available to them. You can choose between your photos, on-device wallpapers, live wallpapers, or choose a specific category, like ‘Cityscapes’ or ‘Textures’.
Once you’ve selected your category, you can then either choose a specific image, or select the option to automatically change the wallpaper each day with a new image from that category. Another of the advantages of Google’s Wallpaper app is that the repository of images is continually updated.
Perhaps the one potential downside, if you’re looking for a specific image or item, is that there’s no search functionality within the app. Nonetheless, it’s a solid choice to consider and it’s all free. If you have multiple wallpaper apps installed, you can view and launch them via the Wallpapers app too.
7Fon is the first option in this list that provides the option of signing into an app, but it’s not entirely necessary just to use it. It’s also one of the best wallpaper apps for filtering through a huge selection of different options. As well as breaking all the images down by category, you can also tap on the information button on any individual image to bring up a color palette from that shot.
You can also tap the palette icon in the top-right of the main app screen. Tapping on any of those colors then returns other images with similar colors; this might not sound very useful, but if you want a specific color, rather than a specific image, that’s not always too easy to achieve via other wallpaper apps.
7Fon also has some robust auto-image changing options, which allow you to control options like how often the image changes, whether to download on Wi-Fi or data. where to store the images and a few other useful controls. If you choose to create an account, you can favorite and rate images, which is then shown within the app to give an idea of the popularity of each image. Registered users can also submit images.
Backgrounds HD is another on this list that lets users submit images of their own (provided you sign into the app) but it has fewer features than 7Fon above, which may appeal to some people. As well as breaking everything down into different categories and providing a search option, images are also organized into Featured, Recent and Popular shots. Popular lets you search by daily, weekly, monthly or all-time.
You don’t need to register to download or favorite images, but you will need to if you want to leave comments on other people’s uploads, follow people within the app or if you want to upload your own backgrounds. As with Wallpapers HD, the app also lets you set an image for multiple destinations, such as the lock screen, home screen or profile images on your phone.
If you’re happy to spend a little money on your wallpaper habit, Backdrops is well worth a look, and gets a shoutout for its considered UI and image categorisation. There are plenty of free wallpapers available too though.
As well as the now-familiar list of categories you’d expect in a wallpaper app, Backdrops provides an ‘Explore’ panel, which is a neat way to bring together both free and premium images. There’s also a community tab for images uploaded by other users, and the app provides the ability to rate and favorite images you want to return to later.
Backdrops is another that lets you set an image to your lock screen, as well as your home screen in one tap too. To do that, long-press the ‘Set’ button for an individual image and additional options will pop up at the bottom of the screen. The app arranges premium content into different Collections too, which you can pay to unlock individually, or you can just spring to unlock the whole Premium app, which also removes the ads, for around $2.
Wallrox Wallpapers has far fewer images available by default than others here, but it’s for this curated approach and the overall design of the app that we’ve decided to include it in this list. Wallpapers are divided into categories of image type (Blur, Christmas, Crystal, Geometric, etc.) rather than what it’s a picture of, and you can select how many columns of images you want to display on the screen at once.
There’s also an integration with Pushbullet, if you want to get notifications when new wallpapers are available. You can control some Muzei settings from within Wallrox too, like controlling which categories of wallpapers you want to automatically update, how often and on what type of connection.
It’s not as fully-featured as some of the others in this list, but it’s well worth a look and stands above many, many more basic ones.