10 best backgrounds and wallpaper apps for Android

by: Joe HindyNovember 3, 2015
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500 Firepaper best background and wallpaper apps for Android
Finding great wallpapers and backgrounds for your Android device isn’t all that difficult. There are apps everywhere and Google has a whole images section of their search for those who don’t mind a little browsing. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything and we recommend you start your wallpaper search the right way with these awesome background and wallpaper apps for Android!

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500 Firepaper best background and wallpaper apps for Android500 Firepaper

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
500 Firepaper is technically a live wallpaper but it’s a live wallpaper that shows you regular wallpapers. The premise is pretty simple. 500 Firepaper taps into the 500px website throughout the day and downloads images from there to be used as your wallpaper. The 500px site is known for its amazing photography and those images also make for great wallpapers. This one is free to download with an optional pro version as an in-app purchase.

Get it now on Google Play!

500 Firepaper best background and wallpaper apps for Android


backgrounds hd best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidBackgrounds HD

[Price: Free]
Backgrounds HD has been around for a long time and is one of the most popular wallpaper apps on this list. It remains a good application for wallpapers with an absolute ton of them to choose from. You can search and browse by category as well. The app boasts updates to its wallpaper database every day and it’s all wrapped up in Material Design. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


cool wallpapers hd best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidCool Wallpapers HD

[Price: Free]
Cool Wallpapers HD may not be as popular as Backgrounds HD, but it’s every bit as well regarded by its users. So much so that it’s garnered a 4.8 out of 5 rating with over 300,000 reviews. That’s pretty good. The app itself offers up a ton of wallpaper options in a variety of categories and, of course, you can search for them as well. It also has Android Wear support. This one is also totally free with no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


mtp best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidMTP Ringtones and Wallpapers

[Price: Free]
MTP Ringtones and Wallpapers is a sort of all-in-one type of app. It not only gives you wallpapers but a decent selection of ringtones, notification tones, and alarm tones as well. The selection isn’t all that great but it is a solid app with good design elements. In fact, it operates almost exactly like the Zedge app does so if you’ve used that, you know how this is going to work. It’s free to use and not a bad app to try if you’re looking for stuff.

Get it now on Google Play!

mtp ringtones and wallpapers best background and wallpaper apps for Android


muzei best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidMuzei Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]
Much like 500 Firepaper, Muzei is another live wallpaper app that actually just shows you regular wallpapers. This one auto-updates periodically to show you classic pieces of art. It goes a step further to give it a nice bokeh (blur) effect so that your app icons and home screen content remain in the forefront. It has support for all kinds of stuff including Android Wear, Dashclock, and many other apps. It’s also totally free and a must-have for art fans.

Get it now on Google Play!


Tapet best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidTapet

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Tapet is a (relatively) newer offering that’s quickly gaining popularity. This app doesn’t offer wallpapers. Instead, it’ll actually generate them for you. You select a pattern along with some colors and the app will generate a wallpaper just for you. Each one is generated based on your individual screen resolution which is kind of nice and it even comes with Muzei support. The developer also adds more patterns and effects in each new version of the app which is also nice.

Get it now on Google Play!


wallmax best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidWallmax

[Price: Free]
Wallmax isn’t as well known as most, but it’s still a good option for finding wallpapers. It features thousands of freely accessible wallpapers that you can download quickly and the app uses Material Design which looks great. There are various sorting options including by resolution which is a rarity. You can also sign in with your Google account to save your favorites for future downloading and use. It’s a decent option and one of the few if you really need something in a particular resolution.

Get it now on Google Play!

wallmax best background and wallpaper apps for Android


wally best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidWally

[Price: Free]
Wally made headlines when it was one of the first applications out there to have Material Design. It made a second line of waves when the website crashed for a bit but it seems to be working as intended now. It features a ton of wallpapers that you can download quickly and easily. There are also tags you can search for, wallpaper sorting by resolution, aspect ratio, and by category, and more. It’s open source and totally free to use.

Get it now on Google Play!

wally best background and wallpaper apps for Android


wonderwall best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidWonderwall

[Price: Free]
Wonderall is a newer wallpaper app but a good one. This one features a host of hand-selected photographs that display various landscapes that you can use for your wallpaper. The content is updated daily and the app will even auto-download and auto-set it for you if you want it to. It has an excellent design and it’s very easy to use. The selection is okay even if it’s a tad small. Over time, this should turn out to be a very good app for landscape wallpapers.

Get it now on Google Play!


zedge best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidZedge

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is the venerable Zedge. Zedge is probably the most popular app that offers ringtones, notification tones, alarm tones, and wallpapers. It has quite a large selection of all of those and we always manage to find some obscure stuff stashed in there somewhere. Wallpapers can be searched, sorted by category, and Zedge always has some that are picked out as featured when you open the app. The advertising is downright obnoxious but it’s a good app for this kind of stuff.

Get it now on Google Play!


Google App Bonus: Google Search

[Price: Free]
Of course, if none of these apps work for you, then you can always turn to the venerable Google Search. There is a whole section for images there and you can search for backgrounds, wallpapers, and even add in variables to find the types that you want. Let’s face it, Google’s image search has more images than pretty much all of these apps combined which makes it a great option. The only issue is that downloading images can be a pain sometimes and you’ll have to set them manually each time. Still, it’s a good source for wallpapers and you can access it in any web browser.

Get it now on Google Play!

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  • Captain Jack

    Wally has become shit now.. Its totally unstable.. There have been no updates for months.. It’s crashing every now and then

  • Zedge is so far best wallpaper application never crashes another competitor of zedge is Wal 360 wallpaper hd background so far using and happy to set wallpapers

  • Ron(developer)

    Backdrops? My personal favorite. Backdrops should be on this list.

  • Akarnab borah

    7fon is a great wallpaper app… Try it out..large collection