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Google brings more beautiful wallpapers to your phone or Mac

Google is taking photos from its Google+ social network and making them available for use as wallpapers on Android or Mac.

Published onNovember 29, 2016


If you’re a fan of Google’s “Daily Wallpaper” feature baked inside of the official “Wallpapers” app but find yourself drifting towards Apple’s desktop ecosystem, you’re in luck.

Google put up a blog post today detailing the beautiful photos that users upload to its Google+ social network, letting the world know that some of these images would soon be available for your Android device as well as your Mac. Those who use Apple’s desktop computers will have the opportunity to download the new Featured Photos Screensaver for Mac, which grabs high resolution photos selected from the Google+ community and sets it as your wallpaper for while you’re away. Google+ photos will also be available in the Wallpapers Android app.

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Users can submit their own photos to be featured on the home screens of millions of devices by simply sharing their images publicly on Google+. Photos shared in this manner will automatically be considered to be added to the slideshow of images on both the Mac and Android applications. You can make sure your photos are not considered by sharing them privately, but since all the photos are reviewed before images are selected, you shouldn’t worry about publicly sharing family photos and the like with you circles.

For those who host a large amount of their photography on Google+ and would like to increase their chances of having their images showcased, you can apply to the Google+ Create program. Those who are accepted will have their shots featured much more often, and may even be considered to have their images used in Google’s various marketing channels. In addition, you will be able to get a sneak peek of new Google + features before anyone else, and can even get your account verified to let people know your photos are really yours.

If you didn’t know how to set these photos as your Android wallpaper already, here’s a simple guide:

  • Download Wallpapers app on Google Play
  • Long press the home screen
  • Tap “Wallpapers”
  • Choose Earth, Cityscapes, Landscapes, Life, or Textures
  • Tap “Daily Wallpaper”
  • Choose whether you want the wallpapers to be downloaded on wi-fi only
  • Tap continue
  • Tap “set wallpaper”

I’ve personally been using this as my wallpaper app of choice since launch, and I have high hopes that a similar application makes its way over to Windows.

Are you using these wallpapers?

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