Top 8 Free Wallpaper Apps for Android Phones & Tablets
Out of all the questions that we receive from our readers and viewers here at Gadget Hacks, the most frequently asked one is "What wallpaper is that?" On occasion, our wallpapers may be personal or images from the web, but for the most part, they come from dedicated wallpaper applications.
And since we're asked so often, we're going to show you some of our favorite wallpaper apps for your Android device (in no particular order).
Muzei is a well-known app that many of you probably already used, but absolutely worth checking out if you haven't. With a subtly blurred background, tie-ins with a ton of other apps, and new images daily, your wallpaper will compliment and accentuate the look of your icons and widgets. Learn more about Muzei here.
There are also extensions for Muzei, including ones that use your music album art, Instagram pictures, photos with certain Google+ hashtags, images from your Dropbox account, Tumblr pics, and more. Learn more here.
2. TapDeck - Wallpaper Discovery
TapDeck has received a significant update since we last covered it, ending their beta and launching officially on the Google Play Store.
TapDeck will ask you to select a few images when you first sign up, then suggest new wallpapers based on that. If it loads an image you don't like, simply double-tap any empty space on your home screen to load another. You can even learn more about any image simply by swiping up. Learn more about TapDeck here.
Although finding a wallpaper you enjoy is great, creating one yourself is much more rewarding. With PolyGen, you can adjust various preferences that'll help you generate a unique, polygon-shaped wallpaper. You can also use a picture to apply the polygon effect to, which can render some pretty awesome-looking results. Learn more about PolyGen here.
Alright, alright... I know the name is pretty lame, but the wallpapers are cool and certainly unique. HPSTR applies different shapes that include filters over beautiful imagery, making anyone's background look like an Urban Outfitters ad. From your home screen, you can double-tap the wallpaper to cycle through others, or generate your own from within the app.
500 Firepaper is a very cool live wallpaper app that does its best to save you energy. There are various preferences that'll let you select different photo categories, and once applied, will automatically cycle through them. Alternatively, you can triple-tap the wallpaper to manually change it, and supports Muzei for added blur effects. If you want your wallpaper periodically changing, then try this one out. Learn more about 500 Firepaper here.
Material Design was all the rage when Lollipop was released, and the design aesthetic has really come into its own as more and more apps are updated to meet its guidelines. But if the stock wallpapers included on Android 5.0 didn't give you your fix or provide enough variety, then you have to check out Minima Live Wallpaper. The app includes a healthy amount of live Material Design wallpapers with shifting shapes that can be tailored to your liking with adjustable colors.
Comic books are packed with artwork that I wish I could use as my wallpaper, and sometimes I can if I find a high-quality image online and crop it just perfectly. With Comic Wallpapers, there's no need to scour the internet, because the app updates frequently with great imagery derived from your favorite comic books, cropped and ready for use as your home screen background.
As I stated up top, I didn't order this list in any particular manner, but I did leave my personal favorite, Wallrox, for last. With twelve different categories to choose from ranging from Blur to Minimal, this has easily become my one-stop-shop for wallpapers. One of the best aspects of the app is the simple interface that enhances the user experience.