Thinking about adding some life to your phone's home screen? Install a live wallpaper. Those clever apps replace your wallpaper with beautifully animated backgrounds or immersive three-dimensional animations. From thousands of live wallpapers available in the Play Store, I've picked six that I believe are the best. I hope the list below will save you time and effort and make your phone better than ever before.
Note: Some live wallpapers, especially those that feature detailed 3D graphics, may significantly decrease your device's performance.
Note also: The screenshots provided obviously don't incorporate the 'live' movement functionality.
Minima is a wonderful live wallpaper inspired by Google's new design languages. It uses the idea of digital surfaces acting like real-world physical objects to generate animated backgrounds that consist of ever-shifting shapes and colours.
The app comes with 14 built-in themes (with more than 60 more in the Pro version), various customization options, and a neat little feature named Randomizer, which can generate a new wallpaper every day, hour, or minute.
Like the name suggests, Material Design Live Wallpaper is a highly rated application built according to Material Design guidelines. It was inspired by beautiful layered wallpapers that Android 5.0 Lollipop ships with and lets you generate similar backgrounds on the fly.
The app comes with various themes and colours to choose from, with many more being continuously added through app updates.
An example of a live wallpaper done right. Created with great attention to detail, Circuitry follows Android design guidelines and will fill your phone or tablet’s home screen with both colour and pattern. As the name suggests, the wallpaper draws endless paths that eventually look like a beautifully animated circuit board. Circuitry doesn’t use much resources and allows you to match your personal style by choosing the background colour.
Being one of the most popular live wallpapers available on the platform, Origami features colourful rhombs that fade and appear beautifully on the home screen. It was designed to follow the latest trend in wallpaper and graphic design and with 9 different themes and more than 60 customization options to play with, without a shadow of doubt it will become one of your most favourite live wallpapers.
A gorgeous wallpaper that puts a realistic, 3-dimensional tree on the display of your phone. It features an impressive level of polish and allows you to apply a season theme to match the look of the trees outside the window. Additionally, Fresh Leaves comes with a couple of lighting themes that change automatically during the day as well as visually stunning weather scenes; thunderstorm for instance.
Before downloading Fresh Leaves, make sure your phone is capable of running it. Due to the number of 3-dimensional elements and HD graphics, the wallpaper may significantly impact the performance of some older devices.
Just like Fresh Leaves, Ocean HD feels like a whole world – or at least a part of it – in your pocket. It gives you a peek at a gorgeous underwater environment where schools of fish swim past you, ominous sharks scamper overhead, and rays glide magnificently in the distance.
This stunning wallpaper features silky-smooth animations with plenty of detailed 3-dimensional models and realistic lighting system. If you have a thing for fish or are an avid diver, you cannot miss out on Ocean HD.
If you recommend any other live wallpapers for Android, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.