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. The trick is finding the apps that work best for you and finding the kind of stuff you want to see. Let’s take a quick look at the best backgrounds and wallpaper apps for Android! We also recommend the official NASA app for some excellent space wallpapers.


Abstruct

Price: Free / $1.99
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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
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Abstruct

Muzei Live Wallpaper

Price: Free
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Muzei Live Wallpaper is technically a live wallpaper app. However, it does provide tons of high quality wallpapers. Muzei rotates wallpapers on your home screen. It helps keep your home screen from getting boring. Users have two options. You can choose wallpapers and images from your gallery or tap into Muzei's exhaustive gallery of artwork. Each piece of artwork also comes with a bit of a history lesson. Muzei also supports Android Wear. The app is entirely free, open source, and other developers integrate Muzei into their apps. It's that good.
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Reddit

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.99 per year
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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 really good stuff.
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Reddit

Resplash

Price: Free / Up to $10.99
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Resplash is one of the newer wallpaper apps. It's a great source of photography wallpapers. The app boasts over 100,000 wallpapers with new wallpapers every day (or so they say). The UI is decent and simple to use. The photographs are more than high enough resolution for any phone screen. It even comes with some light customization features like a dark mode and various layout options. There are some parts that could be better, but it's a very positive experience overall. It's also great for photography buffs.
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Resplash

Tapet

Price: Free / Up to $19.99
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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 guess work. In any case, this one is really good.
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Tapet


Wallpapers by Google

Price: Free
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Wallpapers by Google is a decent app for wallpapers. It has a small, but decent selection of wallpapers. The app has other features as well, 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.
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Wallpapers by Google

Walli

Price: Free / Up to $2.50
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Walli is another newer wallpaper app comparatively. 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.
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Walli

Wallpaperscraft 4K Backgrounds

Price: Free
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Wallpaperscraft is one of the better 4K and UHD wallpaper apps. It has a collection of over 80,000 wallpapers organized in various categories. The app also uses your display size to auto-fit wallpapers to your screen resolution. That takes out much of the guess work on whether or not a wallpaper will look okay on your device. It does have the occasional bug, namely while scrolling and browsing. However, it's otherwise a good experience. It's also free with no in-app purchases. There is advertising, though.
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Walpy

Price: Free / $1.99
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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 WiFi 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.
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Walpy

Wonderwall

Price: Free / Up to $21.99
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Wonderwall isn't one of the most popular wallpaper apps. It probably should be. The app boasts a collection of massive photos for wallpaper use. They're all in huge resolutions as well. Thus, you won't find any old, blurry wallpapers from back in the pre-HD smartphone era. They handpick each photo. Of course, that means that new wallpapers are slower to appear than some competitors. Still, there are advantages to a 100% curated collection. The app is free with some optional in-app purchases.
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Bonus: Google Search

Price: Free
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Perhaps the easiest wallpaper app is Google Search. You simply search for what you want. The upside is that you can get creative with searches and find basically whatever you want. The downside is that you have to get creative to find good stuff at all. There is a lot of fluff when it comes to wallpapers and backgrounds and Google Search doesn't filter anything. In any case, we recommend you either start with Google Search or end with it if none of these other wallpaper apps do the trick.
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Bonus: Google Search

Honorable mention: Hidey Hole

Price: Free
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Hidey Hole is a wallpaper app specifically for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e devices. It sources its wallpapers from a subreddit with a bunch of wallpapers specifically designed for the cutout camera on the display. It works with both the single and double camera cutout and you can sort for those specifically. You can also lightly alter the images, apply them directly from the app, or download them for later. It only supports three devices so it didn't make the full list. However, Galaxy S10 series owners definitely have to try this one.
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Honorable mention: Hidey Hole

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