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The best live wallpaper apps for Android: Spice up your homescreen/lockscreen with these cool apps

Finding the right wallpaper can be difficult. There are a ton of great wallpapers to choose from; however, if you want to make your Android device stand out from the crowd, then you might want to check out some live wallpapers.

Live wallpapers are amazing yet some users are skeptical of using wallpapers ever since their introduction in Android. This was due to the fact that live wallpapers back in the day actually slowed down the device quite a bit.

Now our smartphones are capable of delivering the same performance as laptops, using live wallpapers won’t slow down or hamper the user experience on most modern Android smartphones.

If you’re in search of the perfect live wallpaper app, we’ve curated a list of the absolute best live wallpaper applications currently available on the Google Play Store.

Note: Live wallpapers do consume a bit more battery than usual; however, if you charge your device every day, then there shouldn’t be any reason to worry.

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Google Pixel Wallpapers

Google’s live wallpapers from Pixel phones have been ported to work on other Android devices. The latest iteration contains a batch of wallpapers that are present on the Pixel 4 series including Doodle, Garden, Sights From The Sun, Living Universe, Tarout Bay, Mount Pilatus, and Uluru.

We’ve also included links for downloading older versions of the live wallpapers from the Original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3.

Download: Pixel Wallpapers 19 | Pixel Wallpapers 18 | Pixel Wallpapers 2017 | Pixel Wallpapers 2016

OnePlus 7 Pro Live Wallpaper

The OnePlus 7 Pro live wallpapers look simply marvelous on an AMOLED screen. Whimsical clouds and abstract design dominate the Live Wallpaper themes offered by this manufacturer.

Unlike the other apps on this list, you will have to extract these wallpapers from a Google Drive link. Also, there are 90 FPS and 60 FPS versions available.

Download: OnePlus 7 Pro Wallpapers | OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Wallpapers

Borderlight Live Wallpaper

The app, as the name implies, renders a multi-colored borderline on the edges of your device’s display. It allows users to set a background image under the shiny colored edges and can be tweaked to match your phone’s edges, no matter what size it is in.

To give it an extra edge (pun intended!), Borderlight lets you reposition the notch at the top, be it a regular wide notch or a teardrop one and you can also resize it manually to get the right fit.

Download: Borderlight Live Wallpaper

KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker

While it’s not a conventional live wallpaper, KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker is something you should try if you want to customize the way your home screen looks. You can tweak various elements onto your wallpaper including clock, weather, system info, Google Fit data, and more. You can also create touch actions, 3D flip transformations, gradients, shadows, tiling and color filters for your wallpaper.

Download: KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker

Material Islands

Live wallpapers are known to take a toll on your phone’s battery and Material Islands promises to solve that problem. Unlike other live wallpapers, this app only changes the content on your screen at a predefined time of the day.

You get a bunch of minimalistic floating islands that will change face according to the time of the day. You can manage the time at which the transition takes place and alternatively, the app lets you set static images as well.

Download: Material Islands

Aerial

Aerial brings timelapses and drone shots of beautiful landscapes across the globe. You can set animated video wallpapers from India, Greenland, Dubai, China, San Francisco, New York city, Los Angeles, and London.

Download: Aerial

BLOB Live Wallpaper

Made by Maxelus.net who’s behind a ton of live wallpapers, BLOB displays calm and smooth shapes for OLED screens with bright colors. You can create relaxing patterns of your own with different 3D shapes and color palette.

Download: BLOB Live Wallpaper

WAVERO LiveWallpaper

WAVERO is also designed by Maxelus.net and offers wave-type animations in various patterns in colors of your choice. The developer claims that the live wallpaper can save battery and suits phones with OLED displays.

Download: WAVERO LiveWallpaper

Cartogram Live Map Wallpapers & Backgrounds

With Cartogram, you can create custom live wallpapers with a unique map style. The live wallpaper changes when your location changes and you can create map wallpapers of any location in the world. There are different styles (over 30+) that can be applied to the same map outline and you can also customize your location marker color.

Download: Cartogram Live Map Wallpapers & Backgrounds

Muzei Live Wallpaper

Muzei sets famous artworks as muted (but live when you double tap) wallpapers every day. You will be pleasantly surprised by how beautiful some of these works are and the blur makes for a nice reveal setup. Double tapping activates the wallpaper of the day and triple tapping puts the image back to sleep.

The blur feature is not restricted to famous works of art, you can also do the same for your own photos. Create a separate folder and choose the images you would like. They will be a surprise waiting for behind the blur for when you want double tap on the screen.

Download: Muzei

Betta Fish Live Wallpaper

The app offers a polished aquarium live wallpaper with different shapes of fishes in beautiful colors and details. When installed, a single fish pops up on your screen in a black background and it swims to color dot. You can tap on the screen to block the fish. The full version lets you change fish colors, details, lights, background colors.

Download: Betta Fish Live Wallpaper

Paperland Live Wallpaper

Joko Interactive is another live wallpaper developer who offers a bunch of options, one of which is Paperland. The app offers a paper cut-out landscape that scrolls across your screen and you can choose from the default grassy theme, Silent Night, or Desert Migration. Besides that, you can also change the mood by changing the time of the day, with support for global weather conditions.

Download: Paperland Live Wallpaper

Particle Live Wallpaper Pro

Another minimal live wallpaper into the mix is Particle Live Wallpaper Pro which offers random sets of particles to move through space with options to customize. Customization option includes setting particle color, line color, particle size, particle count, particle velocity, background image, touch effect, line length, and thickness.

Download: Particle Live Wallpaper Pro

MIXOMIX LiveWallpaper

MIXOMIX is a live wallpaper that pops colors into the mix with solid backgrounds. You can use one or two fingers with different patterns, colors, and touch effects.

Download: MIXOMIX LiveWallpaper

Wave 3D

Wave 3D is another live wallpaper app with wave patterns that you can change fluid animations of. The app offers 3 quality settings for minimal battery consumption, 21 ready-made presets, and adjustment of all parameters including color, shape, and speed.

Download: Wave 3D

LoopWall (GIFs as Wallpaper)

LoopWall converts your GIFs into live wallpaper by looping different and unique cinemagraphs and applying them as backgrounds. There are over 200 breathtaking images and you also get an option to add GIF images with support for large-sized files.

Download: LoopWall (GIFs as Wallpaper) 

Forest Live Wallpaper

The day and night transitions of this app that alter your screen throughout the day make this app really unique in the realm of live wallpapers. The calming effect of the wind movement also gives it a real appeal.

You will like how they have used a variety of warm and cold colors to create forest sceneries (as the name suggests). The integration of weather, time, good movement, and nice visuals make this app a strong contender for a permanent/long term choice.

Download: Forest

ZENTALED

ZENTALED probably has one of the best live wallpapers for Android. The app features a bunch of extremely cool AMOLED friendly wallpapers. The live wallpapers are interactive and each tap lights up a certain area.

What’s even better is the fact that the live wallpapers make use of the gyroscope in the device to really make the wallpapers stand out. If you’re looking for a great live wallpaper application, then ZENTALED is absolutely worth checking out.

Download: ZENTALED 

NEOLINE

NEOLINE is a brilliant minimal yet complex 3D live wallpaper app. The live wallpaper application does look great on AMOLED displays; however, can be just as beautiful on LCD displays as well.

As the name suggests there are subtle neon lights that move around in patterns and also support 3D effects with the gyroscope. Fortunately, the app does not consume battery as much as some other live wallpaper apps.

Download: NEOLINE 

AMOLED LiveWallpaper

Here’s another superb live wallpaper application from the same creator as both the applications above. There’s only one live wallpaper included in the free version of the application; however, if you’re willing to pay a small amount, then you’d be able to change the colors and FPS and a lot more.

This is probably one of the most minimal and beautiful live wallpaper applications available in the Play Store. More importantly, the app would help save some battery on devices with an AMOLED display.

Download: AMOLED LiveWallpaper

WALLOOP™

WALLOOP is a fantastic live wallpaper application and has over a million downloads on the Play Store. The offers some great 4K animated GIFs, videos and more. You can pick from options that range from cityscapes to some really cool animal ones. The variety is truly great with this one.

There’s are quite a few live wallpaper categories as well as a ton of non-live wallpaper categories. The only catch here is that to unlock most live wallpapers you have to watch a short ad which is not bad considering the app is free and still is one of the best live wallpaper apps on the Play Store.

Download: WALLOP

Hypno Clock Live Wallpaper

Customization is the major selling point for this app. You will be given a base design of gears to work it and an extensive color and theme palette to make this wallpaper your own. Hypno wallpapers make for an interesting app with the level of attention it demands.

Unlike many other wallpapers, you’ll need to give this app some time to get the right look and feel. Is it worth investing time to get a colorful bunch of gears? You can choose to set the stock wallpaper and decide how you feel about it. This app has a way of getting you really involved and the end result is truly satisfying.

Download: Hypno Clock Live Wallpaper

Live Wallpapers HD

If you are part of a popular fandom (Marvel, Pokemon) the chances of getting the perfect wallpaper are very high on this app. The best part is that you don’t have to settle for anything less than full HD and the great 4D effect is a standard regardless of which wallpaper you use.
There are many layers that need to be downloaded to execute the wallpaper effectively, while the app does not charge you for these wallpapers, you will need to watch ads to get what you want. Despite that, we highly recommend this one.

Live Wallpapers – 4K Wallpapers

The app contains live backgrounds as well as AMOLED live wallpapers and you can also set them after a certain period of time or with an action. All backgrounds are sorted across 30+ categories and you can also choose static images with 4K or FHD quality.

Download: Live Wallpapers – 4K Wallpapers

3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018

If you want to impress someone, or simply want to be impressed by a live wallpaper app, then we’d suggest checking out the 3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018 application.

The app has a bunch of absolutely insane 3D Parallax wallpapers that would make you not want to put your phone down. The wallpapers make use of the gyroscope sensor which creates a cool 3D effect.

Download: 3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018

Particle Live Wallpaper n Play

The Particle Live Wallpaper application is super simple yet offers one of the most stunning live wallpapers you’d find on the Google Play Store.

The app does not offer any fancy images or 3D effects instead there are thousands of interactive particles which respond when you touch the screen. To fully grasp the epicness, we’d suggest checking the app out for yourself.

Download: Particle Live Wallpaper n Play

Holo Droid

If you aren’t a big fan of minimal live wallpapers or the usual image based live wallpaper and want something geekier, then there’s no better application that the Holo Droid live wallpaper app for Android.

The application displays the stats of the device in a geeky yet clean layout while the center of the live wallpaper has a cool 3D compass that moves around as you move the device. You could see the battery temperature, used RAM, battery percentage, CPU type and a ton of more information directly with the wallpaper.

Download: Holo Droid


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