The charm of Android is the flexibility of customization. There are a lot of changes you can make to the interface to make it your own, from changing launchers to setting widgets. Naturally, the simplest change is the most powerful one. We are talking about changing the wallpaper. A simple change of the background image can make the whole user interface feel new and refreshed. You can obviously scout the net for some awesome looking images, download them and then set them up as wallpapers.
We have curated the 10 best android wallpaper app in this extensively detailed list. The apps all have something great to offer and all of them have some refreshing features.
Note: All the apps in the 10 best Android wallpaper app list were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone running on a custom ROM based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The smartphone has HD 720p resolution and the wallpapers scaled well. The apps were also tested on a Asus MeMoPad 7 HD tablet to check compatibility with landscape modes.
1. Wallpapers HD – Free
High Definition stuff
Wallpapers HD have some great wallpapers but the clunky interface makes it hard to reach them. It seems there were some obviously low resolution images thrown in the app too, which diminishes the overall value of the app. The app which has HD in the name should have a better screening process. Regardless of the little quirk, the app performs fast and loads the images quickly. You also have the option to browse the popular images, which makes selecting the best wallpaper a lot easier.
- HD images look nice on supported phones.
- The categories are a great way to access favorites.
- Download the wallpapers to your Android device.
The wallpapers can be viewed in full screen giving you the chance to test the image before application. The images can also be browsed by swiping left and right.
2. WP Clock Design – Free
There are always people who like to go minimalistic. For those who only need a simple text based wallpaper which not only looks sleek but is also practical, WP Clock Design is just what the doctor ordered. It is a very unique Android wallpaper app and is the only one which is utilitarian. The app basically displays the date, time, connectivity as a live wallpaper which dynamically changes according to the correct timing.
- Date, time, month, year and week or the day of the year can be displays.
- WiFi and carrier along with signal strength is also displayed.
- Battery status and charging indication is available.
The wallpaper looks really nice on both tablets and smartphones. The subtleness and simplicity of the app makes it one of the best ones to have on your Android device.
3. Background HD – Free
No more back grinding
As the name suggests the app, Background HD is all about high definition background. There are categories which makes it easier to choose your favorite wallpaper. If you like cars, there is a dedicated section which will take you to them. There are literally thousands of wallpapers available on this app and unfortunately some come with watermarks.
- A lot, really a lot of wallpapers.
- Recent category shows the latest additions to the app.
- Navigation is blocky yet simple.
The app has a lot of wallpapers and some of them are made for non-rotating home screens. If you are a man/girl of only one home screen, this app has a large selection of fitting images.
4. Alien Shapes – Free and $.99
Its weird doc
4.a Free Version
Alien Shapes may sound a little sci-fi but it is actually a collection of geometrically generated live wallpapers. The app has around 50 wallpapers which move in a very soothing way. You can customize the movement, sway, color and reaction of the wallpapers making them a great way to express yourself. The large amount of customization which is allowed in this app makes it one of the best Android wallpaper apps around.
- Easy to use and fast tweaking of wallpapers.
- Low battery consumption despite the moving imagery.
- Works great on phones as well as tablets.
You can match almost every free wallpaper with the color scheme of your home screen and user interface. The wallpaper will fit right in place and enhance your home screen experience.
4.b Paid Version
The free version of the app only offers 3 wallpapers which can be fully customized. The paid version which is not that expensive opens up the 47 other wallpapers for you to use.
5. Premium Wallpapers HD – Free
High grade papers
Navigation is one of the most important things in any app, especially which well requires a lot of navigation. You never know what wallpaper you may like until you see it and with a vast collection of images available, it kind of becomes daunting. Enter Premium Wallpapers HD app which is without a doubt the best Android wallpaper app in terms of UI. The side docked menu houses a lot of categories which will ultimately take you to some of the best wallpapers ever made.
- Sleek and stylish interface.
- More than 10000 wallpapers.
- New images and wallpapers are added every day.
The app has a rating system which lets you “heart” a wallpaper. The highest rated wallpapers will appear in the popular category.
6. Galaxy Pack – $1.95
Galaxy in your palm
Galaxy Pack is a pack of live wallpapers which transforms your Android device into a portal to space. There are around 15 galaxy oriented wallpapers which show beautiful galaxies on your smartphones. The app gives you total control over the said 15 galaxies which you can set as a live wallpaper on your Android device. The galaxies are all very beautiful and animate at a very soothing pace. However some of the wallpapers come with great customization options. From changing the colors of the galaxy, the core and the light to changing the speed of rotation all can be adjusted. The app also lets you remove or add space debris to the wallpapers.
- Set predefined 16 galaxies.
- Change the background type on most wallpapers.
- Set the core, star and X Ray types.
- Change the star count and rotation.
The best part of the app is that it tells you when the wallpaper will consume more battery. For example if you set the star count to high and then make the rotation speed faster, the app will warn you about potential rapid battery drainage.
While it is usually hard to select the best app in any category, this time we clearly have the best Android wallpaper app. Wallbase is the app you should try if you are looking for a great static background. There is even a website of the app which lets you download wallpapers directly to desktops. Galaxy Pack is the android wallpaper app which allows you to show off that crystal clear screen of your Android device, especially if you are touting a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Download some great wallpapers and share your home screens with us in the comments below. You might even be interested in Android Live wallpapers that went viral.