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13 best free wallpaper apps for Android

Update: Two new additions

Authored by: Chris Marshall — 3 months ago

One of our favorite things about Android is how customizable it is. But you don’t need to start installing themes or messing around with rooting to make your phone look great, you can do it simply by adding an interesting wallpaper. Here are some of the best free wallpaper apps for Android.

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Here's a list for when you get tired of the very nice stock of Android wallpapers. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Terra Collection: for aerial backgrounds

Inspired by the Marshmallow aerial photography backgrounds, the Terra Collection brings together well over 100 high-resolution images of the South England coast and a variety of urban scenes.

The collection is spread across three different resolutions and incorporates the Android Lollipop and Marshmallow images as well as experimental images, inspired by the Nexus 5X and 6P.

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The Terra Collection offers high-definition aerial photographs of city and sea. / © ANDROIDPIT
The Terra Collection Install on Google Play

Walloid: for stock manufacturer and ROM wallpapers

Encompassing a surprising amount of manufacturers, Walloid collates the stock wallpapers you will find on devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, Nexus, and plenty of others, as well as ROMs like CyanogenMod.

When I say a surprising amount, it really is quite an impressive list. Currently, the app contains over 6,000 wallpapers, from 31 OEMs, spread across over 250 devices, and 8 custom ROMs.

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Walloid features stock wallpapers from over 30 smartphone manufacturers. / © ANDROIDPIT
Walloid: HD Stock Wallpapers Install on Google Play

Wallrox: for ultra high definition

Wallrox has a huge collection of UHD handcrafted wallpapers designed by Ankit Anand in 2K (3,200 x 2,560). They make your wallpaper look so sharp you'll think you've upgraded your phone. 

The app's interface is quite easy to use, so you can very quickly find a wallpaper you like, although there are so many to choose from, that you may find you like too many and have a tough time making a decision. The great thing is that you can easily go back in and make another selection once you're bored with the one you have.

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Wallrox has a ton of UHD wallpapers to choose from. / © ANDROIDPIT
Wallrox Wallpapers Install on Google Play

Wally: for variety

Wally offers a huge range user-generated wallpapers from Wallhaven, featuring differently sized images from various genres, including comics, computer generated art, nature photos, pictures of users, drawings and more.

Wally is constantly being updated with new images, so once you are sick of the image you chose, you can just jump back in and grab a new one from the feed; there will almost certainly be something fresh. 

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Wally has lots of user-generated wallpapers to choose from. / © ANDROIDPIT
Wally Install on Google Play

Cool Wallpaper HD: for Android Wear

If you want a wallpaper app that is supported by Android Wear then you should go with Cool Wallpaper HD. The images are excellent and the variety seems endless. When I last got on there were more than 10,000 crisp, interesting wallpapers to choose from. 

You can sort the images by category or do a search and see what you come up with. Be creative in your searches, there are a lot of fun images to choose from.

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Cool Wallpaper HD is supported by Android Wear. / © ANDROIDPIT
Cool Wallpapers HD Kappboom® Install on Google Play

HPSTR: for trendy geometry

When a simple image isn't enough, HPSTR is there to add a filtered shape overlay. Images come from Reddit, 500px and Unsplash, and the selection can be filtered through a choice of categories. Then you get to pick your shape and filter. It's surprisingly fun.

With a paid upgrade, you get access to a host of additional features, mostly customization options. The free version offers plenty to play with though, and will get your phone looking cool enough to pull out at the next Tame Impala gig.

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Make your Android a little trendier with HPSTR. / © ANDROIDPIT
Hipster wallpaper - HPSTR Install on Google Play

Plastexo: for select minimalist variety

Plastexo is essentially a wallpaper gallery, and it's as clean and simple as the wallpapers it provides. The selection is not that extensive – it offer 110 wallpapers – but has enough variety to cater to anyone interested in some minimal designs for their device. The quality of the selection is top-notch too.

All the designs are created by Mowmo, a great Android designer, who is worth following on Twitter if you like his style.

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Minimalist designs from Mowmo through the Plastexo app. / © ANDROIDPIT
Plastexo - Wallpaper Install on Google Play

Tapet: for a taste of the infinite

'Tapet' is an archaic word for a decorative wall-hanging, but the Tapet app is anything but archaic. It generates endless wallpapers set to your device's screen size using a variety of patterns and colors. Using simple swipe gestures, you can change the pattern, but keep the colors, keep the colors but change the pattern, get a whole new design, or go back through previous designs.

You can customize how frequently you see certain patterns or colors in the settings, and once you've arranged things to your liking, you can set the app up to change your wallpaper on a regular basis, so you never have to worry about choosing another wallpaper again. It has a pleasing parallax effect when you scroll through pages, too.

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Patterns and colors, a simple but endless wallpaper selection. / © ANDROIDPIT
Tapet™ - Infinite Wallpapers Install on Google Play

Minima: for parallax lovers

The parallax feature on newer devices is a simple but pleasing addition to smartphones. Tilting the screen results in the background moving, making it appear three-dimensional. Minima takes full advantage of this feature, producing wallpapers designed to look great when the screen is tilted around. All the wallpapers are cleanly designed, and a lot of them have a hand-made feel.

The free version gives you 35 themes and most of the options, which is plenty. Upgrading gets you 90 themes, full editing options and lets you set automated wallpaper changing. Try the free version and see if you think the upgrade is worth it.

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A bit of tilting, and the moon appears to move beyond the mountains. / © ANDROIDPIT
Minima Live Wallpaper Install on Google Play

500 Firepaper: for slick, automatic wallpaper changes

500px is a website where some great photographers post their work. With the 500 Firepaper app, you can see their art on your phone. One of the most impressive aspects of 500 Firepaper is that you can specify how often the images change, and you can decide which categories images are selected from.

To give you an idea of 500 Firepaper's capabilities, you can set the background image to change every time you unlock your phone, or whenever you tap an image with three fingers; it's great functionality. Just watch that your internal storage space doesn't run out. 

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Get the best shots from 500px photographers courtesy of Firepaper. / © ANDROIDPIT
500 Firepaper Install on Google Play

Backgrounds HD Wallpapers 50M+: for a professional app and large community

Backgrounds HD offers free wallpapers for Android from artists all over the world, and it features more than 7,000 high-quality wallpapers to personalize your phone. You can crop and set wallpapers to fit your screen or just highlight the best bits, share on social networks and submit your own backgrounds for others to admire.

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Backgrounds HD Wallpaper has more than 7,000 pictures to choose from. / © OGQ
Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) Install on Google Play

Muzei Live Wallpaper: for art and live wallpaper fans

Feeling a bit arty? Fancy some Van Gogh on your Moto G or Gauguin on your Galaxy Alpha? Muzei Live Wallpaper gently refreshes your screen with famous works of art from Wikiart.org as well as high-quality photography. It keeps the images faded in the background to emphasize your icons and indicators but will show them in their full glory when you double-tap.

Like Cool Wallpapers, Muzei supports Android Wear too, so you can wander around with a masterpiece on your wrist as well as in your pocket.

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Muzei is the wallpapers app for art fans. / © ANDROIDPIT
Muzei Live Wallpaper Install on Google Play

Shake Them All! Live 2 Wallpaper: for those who want something quirky

This one’s a lot of fun: Shake Them All! Live 2 Wallpaper features tumbling androids and a physics engine that means they react to gravity, shakes, touches, light and sound. We like to imagine that they’re real people, that our phone is a tower block and that we’re angry giants who laugh as we throw them around like dolls, jab them and generally make them feel like rush hour commuters.

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We just want to shake, shake, shake, shake, shake them all, shake them all. / © Mobile Co Studios
Shake Them All 2 Install on Google Play

Have you found a cool wallpaper app for Android or a live wallpaper that made you laugh? Tell us about it in the comments.

Chris is a graduate in English and Philosophy and habitual tamperer with technology. A recent convert to Android, through the marvel of the Samsung Galaxy S6, he looks to share the fruits of this technological honeymoon through AndroidPIT.

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  • What is the smartphone model ?

  • jean 6 days ago Link to comment

    The Absolutely Wallpapers HD Wallpaper 4K features a ton of vertical wallpapers designed specifically for smartphones. Images generally include cityscapes, nature scenes, flat designed wallpapers, superhero and comic stuff, tech stuff, and a random assortment of other images. There are a mixture of HD Android wallpapers and QHD Android wallpapers so you can get stuff specifically for your 1440p device if you have one but you’ll need to wade through as there seems to be no categorization between HD and QHD. download now : goo.gl/QLrFML

  • hipster and background hd wallpapers contains best collection of wallpapers I personally use these apps for couple of months. Another Good collection of best android wallpaper application app is Wal360 you can found it here https://goo.gl/ZbNgXb
    and it has facility like auto change wallpaper. Must try and enjoy best wallpapers

  • "flipper wallpaper" I love this app, it downloads wallpapers from various wallpaper websites and changes then automatically every so often. Bing image of the day is downloaded too! From the list above muzei live wallpaper works well too.

  • I like APUS wallpaper and themes. There are almost 50 categories from animals, movies, quotes to seasons. Also, there are some hotpoints (use# to tag) to let me find out friends with similar interests as me.

  • BACKGROUND HD IS BEST

  • Don't need their comments

  • EloCode 3 months ago Link to comment

    Thank you, finally I can said human are so funny, personely I download any picture I like, and I use it for my backgroud,that's all

  • Will try the 4th one for sure !1

  • Alex W. 3 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks, will try some of them for sure.

  • Hello where did u download the city wallpaper that is in the teaser picture?? I really like it 😊

  • All are nice apps but where's Zedge? I understand it isn't for wallpapers only but it offers loads of wallpapers and it is for wallpapers more than ringtones.

  • great your every article. thumbs up.

  • You should Wallhub :HD+ Wallpaper app, that was launched 2 weeks backs. It already has more than 1000+ downloads with 4.6 rating. I am using this app, and it has some excellent wallpapers.

    You should all give it a try.

    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mindsparkk.wallhub.free

  • You forgot Toggelis Weather Wallpaper, a cute artificial landscape that reflects real time and weather conditions.

  • Zedge... Hands down some dope wallpapers.

  • I recently dl the app "wallpaper for me" it's nice,try it..Wallrox i will definitely gonna try it.

  • Thanks Very Helpful!

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