10 best live wallpaper apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJune 10, 2016

Lantern Festival 3D best live wallpapers for android
Live wallpapers aren’t quite the draw that they used to be. Once fancied as “one of the features Apple products don’t have”, it’s since fallen into obscurity a bit. That isn’t to say that live wallpapers don’t have a fan base. The cult following is huge and definitely palpable. There are a ton of live wallpapers and we’re going to take a look at the ten best live wallpaper apps for Android. Of course, it is entirely subjective so if there’s a good one you want to share, tell us in the comments!


3d parallax background best live wallpapers for android3D Parallax Background

[Price: $0.99]
3D Parallax Background by Vinwrap Games is a unique live background that uses the popular parallax effect to give you a subtle, clean live wallpaper that isn’t too busy or ridiculous. It works like you would expect it to with elements that sit solely in a “foreground” and “background”, both of which shift depending on how you move your device. There is even multi-layer support for even more depth and movement. There aren’t a lot of customization features which is the only caveat here, but developers Vinwrap Games make up for it by adding all kinds of battery saving measures to help keep this gem from using all your battery. It’s $0.99 and there is no free version, so make sure you test it inside of the refund time!
Check out more Vinwrap Games apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


device info live wallpaper best live wallpapers for androidDevice Info Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Device Info Live Wallpaper by kurousa is not only good looking, but actually functional. You can set it to view all kinds of information about your device, including the date and time, CPU usage, battery charge level, RAM usage, storage space used (on internal and external), network connection state, and plenty of others. The customization options revolve around changing the colors of the app and changing the placement of the information along with what information actually gets displayed. It can be a little busy and it is a bit cluttered by design, but it’s a great option for those who like to see their device stats all the time. The paid version gives you a lot more features as well.
Check out more kurousa apps!

Get it now on Google Play!

device info live wallpaper best live wallpapers for android


KLWP best live wallpapers for androidKLWP Live Wallpaper Maker

[Price: Free / $3.50]
If none of the live wallpapers on this list are striking your fancy, you could always try making your own with KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker. It uses a WYSIWYG editor where you can make your own live wallpaper and then apply it to your device. There are skins you can download and apply (requires pro version) and the free version has a number of templates, design items, and other tools that you can use to create and customize your wallpaper. It’s a nifty app and the free version has most of the features. It’s definitely worth your time.

Get it now on Google Play!


lantern festival 3d best live wallpapers for androidLantern Festival 3D

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Lantern Festival 3D by Oleksandr Popov is a beautifully done 3D live wallpaper that emulates the Lantern Festival celebration. It features sweeping landscape views that swivel when you swipe home screens. Think of it like a VR kind of effect. There are customization options that let you alter things like the number of boats, time of day, how many lanterns there are, and a lot more. This is very well done and enjoyable even for those who don’t know or don’t take part in the Lantern Festival celebration. What’s even more awesome is that this live wallpaper is also available as a Google Cardboard app. Oleksandr Popov has a lot of other live wallpaper apps that perform similarly to this one which you can check out using the link below.
Check out more Oleksandr Popov apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


minima live wallpaper best live wallpapers for androidMinima Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Minima Live Wallpaper by Joko Interactive is a simple, but still very well done live wallpaper. It relies on a kind of parallax effect as well where various elements in the background and foreground move to create a moving picture effect. This one is themed with Material Design in mind so it’s a great choice for people who are on Marshmallow or even Lollipop. The customization settings are fairly simple and revolve around tweaking various elements, colors, and design options. The free version comes with 35 themes while the paid version has over 90 (currently). It’s a good way to go if you want a live wallpaper but don’t want something ridiculously complex and busy. The developer has other live wallpaper options as well if you want to check out their developer page which is linked below.
Check out more Joko Interactive apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


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muzei best live wallpaper apps for androidMuzei Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]
Muzei Live Wallpaper by Roman Nurik is one of the most iconic and popular live wallpapers ever. It’s known for providing people with various pieces of classic and contemporary artwork that randomly adorns the home screen. It also provides a bokeh effect so that your icons show up in the foreground and the wallpaper sits in the background which we loved. There isn’t a lot of “live” in this wallpaper as most images kind of just sit still, but they do refresh daily and you’ll find Muzei integrated into tons of other applications as well. You can also use your own photos if you wish. The app is totally free for everyone so enjoy!
Check out more Roman Nurik apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


raindrops live wallpaper best live wallpapers for androidRaindrops Live Wallpaper HD

[Price: Free]
Raindrops Live Wallpaper HD by Andu Dun utilizes the intensely popular and beautiful raindrop effect as a live wallpaper. Designs like this naturally make good live wallpapers because they look great and aren’t too busy that it overshadows the app icons on the screen. This one is rather simple and doesn’t come with a lot of customizations but to be honest, how many would one need for a wallpaper like this? It looks good and it’s totally free with no pro version or in-app purchases. Andu Dun also does a lot of other live wallpapers, which you can check out using the link below.
Check out more Andu Dun apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


space colony best live wallpapers for androidSpace Colony

[Price: Free]
Space Colony by maxelus.net is one of the best cityscape live wallpapers that we’ve ever seen. It offers up a city seen from the sky and swiping home screens raises or lowers your altitude so you can see more. Various parts of the wallpaper have customization options including the power and color of the Toxic Aura (which the colonists supposedly use to power stuff). You can also customize the lights on the buildings, set different camera paths, and more. This one has a 4.7 rating on the Play Store and for good reason. It’s that good. The developer also has plenty of other live wallpapers that are pretty good so check out the developer link below!
Check out more maxelus.net apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


sun rise live wallpaper best live wallpapers for androidSun Rise Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Sun Rise Live Wallpaper by Teragon is simple live wallpaper that features a gorgeous sky with silhouetted landscape in the foreground. When you move your device, you get a parallax effect between the foreground landscape and the sky in the background. It’s also one of the most popular live wallpapers on the list with over 10 million installs. It does have customizations although not a whole bunch. You can change the noises the birds make, scene speed, rainbow, and the parallax effect this app uses. There is a free version and a pro version so you can try it before you buy it. Teragon has a few live wallpapers that are just as good as this one and we recommend you check out all of them.
Check out more Teragon apps!

Get it now on Google Play!

sun rise live wallpaper best live wallpapers for android


thunderstorm live wallpaper best live wallpapers for androidThunderstorm Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper by Kittehface Software is a long time front runner when it comes to lists like these and it’s been around for years. It features a cloudy day with rain and lightning. You can customize all kinds of stuff including the clouds, the lightning (frequency and color), the rain, and more. It’s a fairly simple live wallpaper but it looks as good as it always has. The developer is responsible for some of the most popular live wallpapers of all time, including live wallpapers with koi fish, snowfall, aquarium animals, and far more. A lot of them (including this one) haven’t been updated since 2014 so look out for bugs if you’re using a newer version of Android.
Check out more Kittehface Software apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


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If we missed any great live wallpaper apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • Eric

    Live wallpapers are not for power users. They slow down my Nexus 4 when I am running too many background apps, so I no longer use them. :-/

    • JosephHindy

      I tested all of these on a Nexus 4 and experienced no slow downs of any kind. If you have a lot of widgets or never close your apps it could cause a slowdown but these wallpapers on their own don’t.

    • Me

      “Power users” – i always roll on the floor laughing when i hear this term… I use more than 5 apps on my phone, oh i’m so amazing savvy power user!

    • Bone

      They don’t slow down my Nexus 4.

  • Robert Bridget

    I surprised that Alive Video Wallpapers (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alivewallpaper.free) didn’t make the cut…

    • Sergio G.

      I’m surprised some of these live wallpapers even made it into the list, 2 Christmas themed live wallpapers..?

      My choice of best live wallpapers:

      1. Alive video wallpaper series
      2. Galaxy Pack
      3.Light grid Pro
      4.Wave Live Wallpaper

      • JosephHindy

        One Christmas theme, the other is winter themed with optional Christmas elements ;) Winter does not mean Christmas :D

  • Gamesarefun83

    Celestial Bodies is without doubt one of the most interesting and beautiful live wallpapers not on this list. Gorgeous graphics/effects, super smooth animations (set frame limiter to 0 in performance settings) & It also acts as a music visualiser when you play music and return to the home screen!!!

  • Ivan Budiutama

    no Zen Garden? I think it’s one of the most beautiful LWP around.

    • I agree ,fuck joe hindy ,Zen garden and fresh leaves. Should of been on the list.

  • Fresh leaves not on this list!?!? Fuck joe hindy. Should have been number one.its not even on the list!?! This articles. Clearly proves that Joe hindy hasnt done his research ,and his judgement is baseless,that quality and performaces of apps is thrown out the door,for profits, which is clearly unprofessional.

    • JosephHindy

      The very last paragraph:

      “Of course, there are hundreds of live wallpapers in the Google Play Store. So it’s very possible that we may have missed one or two. So feel free to leave a comment below with your favorite live wallpapers if you think we missed one. Caring is sharing, is it not?”

  • great wallpaper app. Check out http://androidvnd.com there are tons of wallpaper apps and games for download for free

  • Wait …. No ZEN ???? Which IMO The best 3D Live wallpaper ever (didn’t cause lag), very little to none performance impact even on low end device.

  • Rob C

    “Magic Butt” = waste of 1 dollar.

    Other cool Wallpapers are: “Electric Flow Free”, “GyroSpace 3D”, “Hawken Live Wallpaper” (Free), “Bubble” (Free) or “FurBalls”, “Fireflame” or “Flames” (Free), “Galaxy S3 Drop”, “Crack Screen”, “Fireworks 3D”, “Droid DNA”, “Popular” (by CatShock Entertainment), “Weather Clock & Countdowns”, “Transparent Screen Launcher”, etc.

  • 1.ProjectM 2.Planets Pack 3.Super Clock Pro

  • Sailor Golden

    Fuck Android, who gives a shit

    • swannanoa72

      Really??? Then why are you visiting this site – if you do not ‘give a shit’?

  • I’ve been creating 3D Wallpapers for Android over the past three months. I’ve created a Shark Attack 3D and Zombie Attack 3D Live Wallpaper but get the feeling users aren’t getting it or I’m not getting it. Novelties for Android have a very short install life span. I’ve used most of the above as well but always end up setting my wallpaper back to the picture of my baby son. I think that says alot.

  • App8ite

    Inspired by the above I’ve made a few Live Wallpapers in the past couple of months. If your into Sharks, Neon, Zombies and Birds they are worth checking out for free http://www.app8ite.com/live-wallpapers/

  • aquaman

    Nice list. Take a look at Real Fishes live wallpapers. It´s brand new and looks stunning!

  • If you are really into good live wallpapers, check out our website – http://topandroidwallpapers.com

  • markrock

    1. Clockbulb 3d
    2.planet heart
    3. Under the sea

  • Brenden Keene

    3D Image Live Wallpaper by Opotech… the only live wallpaper I’ve ever liked (and it’s barely a live wallpaper). Cube Complex isn’t half bad either, just too much going on. I just feel like they’re all so… tacky. The android community needs better artists. Then again, I haven’t really looked for any in like a year.

    • LessthanZach

      I agree there are a bunch of tacky ones out there. Maxelus makes the majority of the ones that I like though. Fresh Leaves is beautiful as is Power of Life. I use Power of life on my phone and Fresh Leaves on my tablet, you should make take a peek.

  • Tulai Paul

    Good examples. This is also to inform that most of the ad network companies like admob or appnext or adcolony also offers wallpapers. However the mobile with versatile wallpapers may offer a great difference in users’ experience.

  • RahulMacwan

    Harmony and fresh leaves

  • RahulMacwan

    Beautiful relax island and fresh leaves

  • Vaidotas Bulaka

    Zombie Town nr.1!

  • IDontKnowMyName

    I never use live wallpapers but if I had to choose one it would be Fresh Leaves. No other.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Ocean HD, Alien Shapes, and the other ones by Maxelus.Net are some of my favorites n.n

  • Bone

    I am currently using Paperland, a very solid little live wallpaper without going overboard. Used the excellent Fresh Leaves before that, which as the title says, delivers fresh (or autumn) photorealistic leaves, time of day and weather enabled. Planets pack is also awesome.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joko.paperland
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.freshleaveslivewallpaper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.planetspacklivewallpaper

  • Luka Mlinar

    First thing i did when i got an android phone was put a bunch of live wallpapers on it and change them every 6 hours. Now i use the stock wallpaper and almost forgot that i could have a live one.

  • sourabh sekhar

    Circuitry is another great live wallpaper

  • Raftclan

    You guy’s missed Audio Glow.

  • dmphee

    Add:

    Forest HD (personalized forest with creatures, Radar livepaper (weather radar map), My Beach HD (personalized beach), YourCity HD (personalized helicopter type flight view down night city), World webcam Wallpaper (1-6 live web cam still feeds at once), EarthRot live wallpaper, (realistic rotating planet, on moving star background, many planet choices, real or sci-fi)

  • Albin

    I’m only really interested in a slideshow app for my own photos – would be interested in a review of some of those and what they do.

  • SuperNinja

    My Little Cactus Live Wallpaper is the CUTEST!!!
    pixel rain live wallpaper is also pretty cool

  • seronac

    I like Scintilla LWP: simple, unobtrusive, but still attractive and interesting.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avolodin.live.scintilla

  • LessthanZach

    Alright people. This list is missing quality. Maxelus makes some of the best and most fair priced LWPs available, most running a dollar.

    I’ll start with my favorite wallpaper due to its sheer beauty and amount of customization.
    Power of Life
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.poweroflifelivewallpaper

    Forget that lame free LWP in the article, this one has ALL of them and is extremely customizable.
    Galaxy Pack
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.galaxypacklivewallpaper

    Another customizable and relaxing LWP. Runs incredibly smooth considering how detailed the graphics are.
    Fresh Leaves
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.freshleaveslivewallpaper

    Beautiful custom planet wallpaper. JJ Abrams would be proud of this lens flare.
    Planet Pack
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.planetspacklivewallpaper

    Awesome looking space colony. Lots of elements can be changed.
    Space Colony
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.spacecolonylivewallpaper

    A Tornado cruising around on your screen. Cool but I only use it when I’m feeling a bit wiley.
    Tornado 3D
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxelus.tornadolivewallpaper

    This one is from a different dev. He did a fantastic job at using parallax mapping to achieve a very realistic 3d effect, especially on devices with gyroscopes. Very customizable if you purchase the dollar one.
    3D Tiles Pro
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.nik0laus.tiles3dpro

    Finally, this one is from Dualboot Games. They made a beautiful underwater LWP that you can change many elements in. They also make a cool one in a forest that is similar but I haven’t purchased it.
    Ocean HD
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dualboot.apps.ocean

    Hopefully this list shows a lot of you what good high quality LWPs can truly do to enhance your Android experience. I think these are all amazing quality and I hope you do too.
    Note: I don’t work or have any investment in these developers. These are all top rated wallpapers in the Play Store and I have spent quite a lot of money searching around for some of the best, at least IMO.

  • Craig Lambert

    Beautiful Widgets comes with one of the best LWP I have seen. It’s what I use. Plus you get the widget stuff. :) Check it out.

  • Mayhem
  • Hamza

    electr plasma live wallpaper also amzing

  • Hi i recommend you this live wallpapers, they’re pretty cool:

    Clash of medieval castle
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livewallpaper.medieval.castle.free

    Great Cold Mountain
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livewallpaper.cold.mountain.lite

    Best regards to everyone

  • Victor

    Please check out nice minimalistic lwp with embedded widgets and parallax effect (Alive numbers 2) – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calibvr.minimal

  • alex
  • They are all magic in Android . I am really like them . Special thanks for
    Vortex Galaxy Live Wallpaper

  • I am a dude man

    The number 1 best live wallpaper has to go to Voxel Craft Live Wallpaper.

    • I am a dude man

      You make your own pixely sprites or use a preset that spins around on your background, really cool!

  • dimmduh
  • Tony Vinto
  • krunall

    Get Beautiful wallpapers and wonderful images across the world for your android phone and tablet

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.protoplus.background

    Backgrounds HD wallpapers has unlimited wallpapers worldwide with different resource to provide you lovely wallpapers!

    Backgrounds HD wallpapers offers free wallpapers from artists all over the world.

    Keeps same wallpaper all time not a good Job, we update wallpapers and images every day

    Same for categories, We serve you wallpapers through 30+ different categories

    All photos display artist and license info and link back to their original source

    Only Image provider, so don’t worry about others

    Crop and set wallpapers within the application to fit your screen

    Main screen will be for recent images and wallpaper, and you can go to popular pics of world via our <3 menu ;)

    Mark your favorites and manage download history.

    Save the images to your album unser "my background" folder

    Share beautiful wallpapers with other via social media.

  • Petr Vernadskiy

    Well as for me the most beautiful is Dreams World wallpaper, it is really AMAZING and GEORGEOUS ! Here you can find it:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oxsionsoft.dreamsfree

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oxsionsoft.dreamspro

    Most beautiful wallpapers I have ever seen and make me relaxed for whole day!

  • Petr Vernadskiy

    Well, as for me the most beautiful is Dreams World wallpaper, it is really AMAZING and GEORGEOUS ! Here you can find it:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oxsionsoft.dreamsfree

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oxsionsoft.dreamspro

    Most beautiful wallpapers I have ever seen and make me relaxed for whole day!

  • Hello, I would like to introduce you my new Android Live Wallpaper called LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns ! You can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.caller.generationslwp.android

  • Bill_Surowiecki

    Seriously, how did Kustom Live Wallpaper not make this list.

  • Jim

    Are any of these easy on a battery? I’m always too scared to get a live wallpaper because I feel like it’s sucking the life out of my battery.

    • JosephHindy

      live wallpapers aren’t the battery hogs they used to be. There are a few that are particularly rough, but in general the issue is far less prevalent than it used to be.

  • SynGT

    My favorite is Tech Rings Live Wallpaper.

  • “Shadow Galaxy”