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Here's how to change your Android wallpaper automatically

From the Nexus 5 to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, changing the background of your Android device is one of the most straightforward and effective ways of making your phone your own. Beyond the basics there are a handful of wallpaper-modifying tricks that you might not have yet stumbled across.

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Muzei is one app that allows for automated wallpaper changes. / © ANDROIDPIT

One way of setting up you wallpaper is to have it change on a timed schedule. Doing this means you don't have to sort it out manually; your device is fresh each time you come to use it. There are a couple of approaches you can take, which we'll outline here.

Using an app

Installing a dedicated app is perhaps the easiest way of changing your Android device's wallpaper on a schedule. Wallpaper Changer is the best-known app for the job, though there are others around on Google Play, including Tapet, which can also be used to generate unique wallpapers. We'll focus on the former here.

Fire up Wallpaper Changer to find the app's settings. You can choose a certain number of minutes, hours or days as your interval, set how the app resizes or crops images, opt to change the wallpaper every time you unlock your phone, and set your wallpapers to cycle through in a random order if you prefer.

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Wallpaper Changer lets you set your schedule and adjust a few other options. / © ANDROIDPIT
Wallpaper Changer Install on Google Play

There are a couple of other settings to tweak: you need to choose the Wallpaper Changer live wallpaper as the wallpaper on your device (press and hold a blank part of the home screen to do this) and you have to compile a group of images via the Albums tab. If you upgrade to the Pro version of Wallpaper Changer you can manage several different albums.


Another way of rotating through several wallpapers on your Android device is via the always-impressive If This Then That (IFTTT). It connects apps and services together using triggers that lead to actions — and one of the supported actions is switching the background on a connected Android device.

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We made an IFTTT recipe to change the wallpaper every time a new photo is posted to Instagram from within a certain area. / © ANDROIDPIT
IF by IFTTT Install on Google Play

Once you've signed up to IFTTT and started work on your wallpaper-shifting recipe, you can choose all kinds of triggers: a new photo in a Dropbox folder, a newly liked image on Instagram, a new picture from an RSS feed, something from your Flickr feed, and so on.

For example, we created a Recipe to change the wallpaper on a Redmi Note 3 whenever IFTTT found a new public Instagram photo taken in a nearby city center. It's not as straightforward a solution as using a dedicated app, but it gives you a lot more flexibility when setting the routine.

You can find out more about the possibilities IFTTT offers here:

How do you automatically change your wallpaper? Know of any other useful methods? Let us know in the comments.


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