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10 best wallpaper apps for Android

Spice up your phone without spending any money at all with a little help from a new background.
February 12, 2023
best backgrounds and wallpaper apps for Android

Finding great wallpapers and backgrounds for your Android device isn’t all that difficult. There are a ton of apps out there that can do the task. On top of that, a simple Google image search can also show you some unique options. There’s no real trick to this. There are good wallpapers all over the Internet. The hard part is finding them. Below, we have a list of the best wallpaper apps for Android.

We also recommend checking out Google Search since you can find some stuff with clever searching. We’d also like to give an honorable mention to Zedge (Google Play). It has tons of wallpapers, but the resolutions aren’t always the best. Finally, we have a weekly Wallpaper Wednesday feature with some fun stuff we find. Good luck and happy searching.

The best wallpaper apps for Android


Price: Free / $1.99

Abstruct screenshot 2022

Abstruct is one of the newer wallpaper apps on the list. It’s by Hampus Olsson, the designer for all of the wallpapers on OnePlus phones. It features a variety of abstract wallpapers in a variety of colors. There are about 300 backgrounds in total, and they’re all in 4K resolution as well. We expect more to hit the app as time passes. It’s also a great way to get all of the wallpapers from OnePlus devices without buying one. The premium version goes for $1.99.


Price: Free / $3.99 with optional donation

Backdrops is a reasonably good wallpaper app. It features a bunch of original wallpapers from the Backdrops team. Most of them are abstract in some way, but you can find some landscapes, dark wallpapers, and colorful wallpapers. The UI is reasonably easy to use, although you have to download a wallpaper to preview the whole thing, and you have to do it in another app. The free version lets you set wallpapers, but you do need the pro version to download anything for keeps. There are good features, good wallpapers, and we’re happy that it isn’t a subscription.


Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.99 per year

Reddit screenshot 2021

Reddit is one of the surprisingly good wallpaper apps. There are subreddits with tons of decent wallpaper choices in multiple resolutions. The site also features a search for quicker, easier results. Most Reddit users put the images on Imgur. That makes Imgur a decent app for wallpapers as well. It might take a bit to find the good stuff. However, there is a lot of great stuff here.

Additionally, basic Reddit accounts are free. You can get additional features with Reddit Gold. We recommend r/ultrahdwallpapers, r/wallpapers+wallpapers, r/wallpaper, and r/WQHD_Wallpaper for some excellent stuff. Additionally, this is a great option for devices with specific screen styles, like Samsung’s punch hole.


Price: Free

STOKiE screenshot 2023

STOKiE is a different sort of wallpaper app. It houses default wallpapers from a number of devices. There are over 10,000 in total, and you can find wallpapers from every OEM, from Alcatel to ZTE. We like this one because a lot of folks enjoy stock wallpapers from devices they don’t own, and this gives them the ability to download them. Plus, OEMs usually only use the most high-quality wallpapers to make their phones look good. The app is entirely free, which is surprising given how many wallpapers are here. There are also categories, customizable wallpapers with RGB and blur controls, and more. It’s surprisingly good for the service it offers.


Price: Free / Up to $19.99

Tapet screenshot 2022

Tapet is one of the more unique wallpaper apps. It doesn’t come with a selection to choose from. Instead, you choose the design and colors. The app makes the wallpaper from your choices. This is a great way to get some good, minimal wallpapers in the colors that you want. Additionally, it comes with Muzei support, a download function, and more. The app uses your device’s screen resolution for its quality settings. It helps take out the guesswork. In any case, this one is really good.

Vectorify da home

Price: Free

Vectorify Da Home screenshot 2023

Vectorify da home is another unique wallpaper app. It uses vector graphics for clean, colorful wallpapers. Basically, you choose a style, choose the color scheme, and the app generates a wallpaper. The wallpapers are high resolution, and there are some fun little designs. The process is also easy, and there is a bit of customization as well. In addition, the app itself comes with a light and dark mode for your viewing pleasure. It’s entirely free and easily one of the best wallpaper apps.

Wallpapers by Google

Price: Free

Wallpapers by Google - one of the best photography wallpaper apps for android

Wallpapers by Google is a decent app for wallpapers. It has a small but decent selection of wallpapers. The app has other features, including separate lock screen and home screen wallpapers, an auto-set function for new wallpapers every day, and more. The app has a few bugs. Additionally, its collection isn’t all that big. However, it does have some really high-quality stuff. It’s also completely free with no ads or in-app purchases.


Price: Free with in-app purchases

Walli screenshot 2021
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Walli is another excellent wallpaper app. It has a bunch of unique works from a variety of independent artists. You can find all kinds of stuff here. Some of the popular stuff includes word backgrounds, abstract stuff, fantasy themes, and people. The app includes a simple layout, categories for easy browsing, and more. It’s also a good spot for artists to promote their wares. You can find a lot of really unique stuff here that you simply can’t find in other places. You can also pay for stuff to support the artists.


Price: Free (with ads)

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WalP is a fun wallpaper app. It includes a variety of stock wallpapers from a bunch of OEMs. It boasts collections from Samsung, Sony, stock Android, OPPO, and about two dozen other brands. You simply open the app, surf through, and find the wallpaper you want. The app itself has a light and dark theme for your viewing preferences, along with a blur filter, a saturation filter, push notifications for new wallpapers, and an autochanger if you want something different every day. It seems to hit all the right notes and worked well in our testing.


Price: Free / $1.99

Walpy is one of the best photography wallpaper apps for android

Walpy is another newer wallpaper app on this list. It has a bunch of excellent wallpapers in quite a high resolution. However, this app also changes your wallpaper at various points in the day. It doesn’t rely on timers like most. Instead, it waits until the phone is charging or on Wi-Fi to change your background. There is a lot of variety. However, Walpy is mostly photography, so you won’t find abstract stuff or anything like that here. It’s a neat solution with some decent selections.


TruePicks screenshot 2023

Price: Free

TruePick’s is an excellent app for phone theming. The developer has this clever little setup where they show you a wallpaper, icon pack, and even custom widgets to give your whole home screen a makeover. Of course, you’ll need multiple apps for that, but it’s still a good source of wallpapers along with other theming ideas. Additionally, the developer gives credit to the creator of the theme as well as the developers of the widgets and icon packs. It’s one of the most unique customization apps in this space, and it does wallpapers. The same developer also has an AI wallpapers app that works pretty well.

Bonus: WallPix

Price: Free

WallPix screenshot
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WallPix is a wallpaper app developer with a few different wallpaper apps. The apps are for specific devices and take into consideration things like the punch hole camera cut out. One is for the S20 lineup of devices, another is for the Note 20 lineup of devices, and one is for the OnePlus 8. The wallpaper selection is just okay, but the vast majority of the wallpapers use the phone’s punch hole camera as a decoration or cleverly hide it so it’s not readily visible. The selection isn’t massive, but some of the wallpapers are quite nice.

We linked to the developer’s page on Google Play so you can check out all of them. There is a fourth app, MinimalPix, which includes minimal wallpapers with AMOLED-friendly selections. There are other apps that cover the punch hole or notch on other devices from other developers if you want to go that route.

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