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!

backdrops best backgrounds and wallpaper apps for AndroidBackdrops

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Backdrops is an above average option if you’re looking for good wallpapers. It features a variety of styles along with some modern features. For instance, you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account to sync wallpapers across devices. It’s a good start for collecting some good wallpapers. The only caveat is that there is a pro version that comes with exclusive wallpapers, and then additional paid content on top of that for more wallpaper packs. It’s not inherently bad, but it can be frustrating if you don’t know it’s coming. It’s one of the better wallpaper apps and it’s worth a shot.

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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’s considered good because it has a metric ton of wallpapers to choose from. Updates in 2015 and 2016 have modernized the design and 30 categories helps keep their massive collection in line. There are a variety of resolutions supported so you may have to wade through some lower quality images to find the really high quality stuff. In any case, the app is completely free so it’s worth a chance.

Cool Wallpapers HD best backgrounds and wallpapers apps for AndroidCool Wallpapers HD

[Price: Free]
Cool Wallpapers HD is another one of the most popular wallpaper apps available on mobile. It boasts a staggering collection of 200,000 images that you can choose from. These are laid out in a variety of categories for easy surfing. You can also search for specific wallpapers by using tags or even searching by color. Like most, it also supports favorites so you can find your favorite wallpapers again. It’s a decent app that has definitely gotten better over the course of the last year. It’s also completely free.

mtp best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidMTP Ringtones and Wallpapers

[Price: Free]
MTP Ringtones and Wallpapers is an all-in-one type of app. Along with wallpapers, you can also find ringtones, alarm tones, notification tones, and other stuff. It boasts a collection of HD photos in the thousands. Like other apps in this category, you can save favorites, search through categories, and set the wallpaper from within the app. It’s one of the more simple wallpaper apps out there. That makes it good if you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. Still, we wish their selection were a little larger.

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muzei best background and wallpaper apps for AndroidMuzei Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]
Muzei Live Wallpaper is one of the more unique wallpaper apps. Instead of moving around or doing stuff like most live wallpapers, Muzei is a live wallpaper that just automatically updates your wallpaper over the course of an average day. It will cycle through its own collection of wallpapers or you can create your own. This is a great app for those who like to change it up frequently and its collection is pretty fantastic. Most of its images are classic pieces of artwork which you can learn about as they pop up. It’s completely free to download and use if you’re interested.

reddit best reddit apps for androidReddit

[Price: Free]
Given its nature, you can find virtually anything on Reddit. That includes wallpapers for your device. There are several subreddits dedicated to posting some wallpaper goodness. You can also use the search function to find those one-off posts that you may not have otherwise have found. The main Reddit app is simple and functional. However, most Reddit apps will be able to do the same thing. Thus, you’re not just restricted to this one. It takes a bit of work, but you can find some really unique, fun, and gorgeous stuff here. The main Reddit app is also completely free.

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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 backgrounds like most wallpaper apps. Instead, this one will generate a wallpaper for you. Once you open the app, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of patterns and colors. The app will then create a wallpaper just for you. It also creates wallpapers based on your device’s screen resolution. That means it’ll be crisp which is what you’re looking for. There’s a free trial to check it out before it asks you to pay anything.

wallpapers best new android appsWallpapers by Google

[Price: Free]
Wallpapers by Google is probably the most simple of all the wallpaper apps on this list. It shows a smaller selection of wallpapers, but they are all high resolution. You can access additional wallpapers using Google+, Google Earth, and other sources that Google calls “partners”. You also get additional features if your device is running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher. It’s not the most robust option on the list, but it is completely free and taps into some pretty good sources for wallpapers.

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wonderwall best background and wallpaper apps for androidWonderwall

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Wonderwall is one of the lesser-known wallpaper apps on Android. It doesn’t boast massive collections like Backgrounds HD or Cool Wallpapers, but the collection it does boast is hand picked by the developers. They’re mostly things like photography and abstract creations. All of the images are high resolution and should fit well on most screens. Some additional features include the ability to auto-set wallpapers on your device, submit your own photography to be featured in the app, and some other stuff. It’s also free to use with no advertising which is nice.

Zedge best 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 app isn’t perfect and features some of the more outrageous advertising we’ve seen. Their selections do include HD wallpapers and better, but there isn’t really a way to search to get rid of the lower resolution images. It’s a bit like the wild west, but it’s a good app for those looking around.

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. The best reason to use a Google Search is because you can search for resolutions (2K, 4K, 1920×1080, vertical wallpapers, horizontal wallpapers, etc) which helps filter out a lot of the nonsense that you might not want. It’s a good fallback plan if none of these apps have what you’re looking for!

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Joe Hindy

Joe Hindy is known as the ‘app guy’ around these parts. He also likes to branch out and talk about a variety of other topics from gaming to TV tech, and more.