Featured: Top 10 Wallpaper and Background Apps for Android

Whether or not you've got yourself a new Android smartphone or tablet, or are just looking for something fresh, a new wallpaper or two, or three or four thousand is always a great place to start. There are countless wallpaper apps available in the Play Store, and while there are lots of Live Wallpapers - which we have also compiled lists for - we'll be focusing on standard wallpaper and background apps here. With lots of choice and unique features, this is a list of the best wallpaper apps out there, and it should have something for everyone.

Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers)

This is one of my personal favorite wallpaper apps and I've been using it for a couple of years. With a diverse selection of high-quality wallpapers from all sorts of different criteria, there's a lot on offer here. Easy to sort through, easy to search and simple to set a new wallpaper with, OGQ's app here is one of the better wallpaper apps out there, without question.

Wallpaper HD Plus

Wallpaper HD Plus is another option that has oodles of different wallpapers to choose from. With thousands of choices from a number of different genres there's a lot of choice on offer here. It's perhaps not got quite the same amount of polish as other apps in this list, but it certainly has the right amount of variety that people will be looking for. Free to download, with a few ads to put up with, this has a lot to offer.

TapDeck - Wallpaper Discovery

For those looking for something a little different, and a new app entirely, TapDesk is worth looking into. Users are asked for their preferences on a number of different categories and then they can change their wallpaper whenever they like. All they need to do is to double-tap their display to get a new wallpaper, and more than that it can provide information about the image that people have selected as their wallpaper by swiping up. A nice newcomer, there's a lot to like about TapDeck.

Premium Wallpapers HD

Another app that has thousands upon thousands of different images on offer, Premium Wallpapers HD is perhaps a fairly simple option, but it's one that has a wide variety. There's a good reason that this has been downloaded quite so many times, and that might have something to do with neat little extras, like the ability to edit an image before you make it your wallpaper on your smartphone or tablet. An altogether impressive app, this has a great variety of different wallpaper choices on offer.


ZEDGE is an app that a lot of you might know fondly as an app to get oodles of fun and different ringtones from, but it's also great for wallpapers as well. This makes it a doubly-useful app for those looking to personalise their Android experience and while the wallpapers perhaps aren't the most inspired out there, ZEDGE does have some good-looking choices available.

Tapet - Infinite Wallpapers

If you fancy yourself as something of an abstract art enthusiast, Tapet is the app for you. It uses colors, shapes and fancy equations to design a wallpaper specifically for your device and your exacting taste. This makes Tapet a pretty fun and fancy wallpaper app for those that want something different, and it's definitely good fun either way. Free to download, this is worth trying out for novelty value alone.

Backdrops - Wallpapers

For those that are looking for an art style that is a little more focused, and a little more curated, Backdrops is that wallpaper app. All of the daily added wallpapers and backgrounds here are designed by the Backdrops team and they're all very modern and laid back in their look and feel. Collections make it easy to find similar styles and knowing that the selection here is curated and carefully chosen is reassuring as well.

Muzei Live Wallpaper

While Muzei is classified as a Live Wallpaper, it's not so much that it's an animated wallpaper, instead it's a static image that changes. It's infinitely extendable as well, with plugins that add in different sources for different styles, genres and everything from Flickr to anime characters. It's a great little app that has a whole lot going for it, and we have a list of some of the better plugins available here.

Best Wallpapers QHD

Best Wallpapers QHD is our last app on the list, and even though it doesn't seem like the best out there, it's worth a look. F0r sheer volume, variety and number of different wallpapers on offer, this is definitely something to try out. Any app that has been downloaded over 10 Million times has to have something going for it, and there are new wallpapers added all the time with this one.


Wallmax is an app that leverages the Wallhaven website and allows people to enjoy whichever wallpaper genres and styles they want. Different categories are easily navigated through using tags and users can explore the collection with criteria such as resolution and more. One of the more approachable and curated collections of wallpapers, Wallmax still manages a wide selection of fun and good-looking wallpapers no matter the genre or size.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.
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