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!


Backgrounds HD

Price: Free
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Backgrounds HD is one of the older and more popular wallpaper apps. It boasts a massive inventory of wallpapers and backgrounds organized into 30 categories. The app also features Material Design, favorites, downloading, and it can set wallpapers within the app. The huge inventory means that some wallpapers aren't the highest quality. This has been around since before HD screens. However, the majority of the new stuff you see are right up there in terms of resolution and quality. The app is free with advertising.
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Backgrounds HD

Kappboom Wallpapers (Cool Wallpapers)

Price: Free
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Kappboom Wallpapers (Cool Wallpapers) is another older wallpaper app with a ton of available wallpapers. They boast a collection of 200,000 backgrounds in total. Additionally, the app features Android Wear support, a decent search function with tags, favorites, social networking support, the occasional live wallpaper, and it can set wallpapers within the app. The ads on this one are pretty bad and it has the occasional bug. However, it's otherwise a solid app with a good selection. Other than the ads, it's free.
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Kappboom Wallpapers (Cool Wallpapers)

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 / $3.99 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.
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Reddit

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

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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Wallpaperscraft 4K Backgrounds

Wally

Price: Free
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Wally is another decent wallpaper app with a good selection. It features thousands of wallpapers across ten categories. The app also lets you save favorites (requires an account), create collections for public consumption, and save wallpapers to an SD card. It's not the most powerful wallpapers app available. However, the selection is above average. It even has some QHD wallpapers for higher end devices. The app is totally free. However, this one does have some annoying ads.
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Wally

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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Zedge

Price: Free
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Zedge is one of the older wallpaper apps. It still has a bunch of good stuff, though. The app also offers notification tones, alarm tones, and ringtones along with wallpapers. That makes it one of the better one-two punches when it comes to customization. The wallpapers range in resolution from fairly low to fairly high. Thus, you may run into some not great wallpapers before finding one with a higher resolution. Still, its massive collection of ringtones and notification tones makes it a must for that. You might as well look at the wallpapers while you have it, right?
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Zedge

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

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