- The live wallpapers from the Pixel 5 have surfaced on the web.
- They should work on most devices using Android 7.0 Nougat or later.
- They might not work with always-on displays.
Don’t fret if you want the Google Pixel 5’s live wallpapers — they’re now available to download. Third-party developer Pranav Pandey has released them (via XDA-Developers) for most any reasonably modern Android phone, albeit with a few catches.
The collection revolves around two backdrops, Moving Shadows (pictured at right) and Stepping Stones (middle), each of which has multiple variants to suit your tastes. Moving Shadows is more abstract and includes a mix of colorful objects whose shadows change as the day progresses. Stepping Stones, meanwhile, includes multiple background colors as well as light and dark themes for a rock sculpture that shakes as your phone tilts.
There are also hints of a third wallpaper, Conveyor Belt (left), but it doesn’t appear to be ready beyond a still image preview.
The Google Pixel 5 live wallpapers should work on phones using Android 7.0 Nougat or later, although there are some caveats. To achieve that compatibility, the standard wallpaper kit won’t change your system interface color. Ambient Mode has been disabled by default, so it might not play nicely with an always-on display. Pandey only tested the animated backgrounds with an Xperia Z5.
If it works as promised, you won’t have to spring for Google’s latest phone to get its look. And don’t forget that these aren’t your only options — there’s a wider collection of stills available if the live imagery doesn’t suit your style.