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Look at that phone or tablet in your hand. I bet its screen is gorgeous. Chances are that’s why you’re here, looking for a nice live wallpaper that puts those pixels to good use.

We’ve taken a look at great Android live wallpapers before 11 Fascinating Android Live Wallpapers to Animate Your Home Screen 11 Fascinating Android Live Wallpapers to Animate Your Home Screen Wallpapers are an expression of yourself. Whether it's the wallpaper on your physical wall at home or your desktop wallpaper, it reveals a little bit about yourself. Or at least it shows you are not... Read More , but the options have changed over the years. I’ve compiled a list containing 25 of the best options available in the Play Store, organized into categories. Some came out in 2015, while others have been around long enough to see several versions of Android go by. In this case, age doesn’t really matter. Hopefully you walk away with something that makes you smile every time you unlock your phone.

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1) Minima

For Material Design fans Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More , Minima is the cream of the crop. Each of this wallpaper’s themes throws together layers of faux paper and fabric that shift around depending on how you move your phone. You can even throw together your own designs.

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Download: Minima for Android (Free | $1.49)

2) Chrooma Live Wallpaper

The Chrooma live wallpaper (based on a game by the same name) offers a look that’s similar to Minima, but paired down. You can change colors and shapes, but you’re always left with a row of layers stacked on top of each other. Each one subtly moves up and down.

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Download: Chrooma Live Wallpaper for Android ($0.99)

3) Mountains Now

Do you lust over the designs that accompany Google Now? Mountains Now takes one of them and sets it in motion. Not only that, the wallpaper adjusts depth using your phone’s gyroscope. It looked great on KitKat Ocean Views and Pyramids: Two Gorgeous Live Wallpapers To Spruce Up Your Homescreen Ocean Views and Pyramids: Two Gorgeous Live Wallpapers To Spruce Up Your Homescreen Your homescreen: You see it every time you switch on your phone, which is dozens of times a day for some of us. Why not make it beautiful? Read More , and it looks even better on Lollipop.

Download: Mountains Now for Android (Free | $1.63)

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4) Circulux

Circulux consists entirely of spinning circles. Some are filled, while others are hollow. Some outlines are thick, and others are thin. However the circles come, they’re always spinning. There are numerous designs to choose from, and you can alter colors to suit your tastes.

While you’re hitting up the link below, also check out the Living Colors live wallpaper from the same developer.

Download: Circulux for Android (Free | $1.95)

5) Fracta

Fracta takes one of Android KitKat’s default backgrounds and gives it the live wallpaper treatment. The triangles change colors and shift around. The background even responds to your touch.

Download: Fracta for Android (Free | $0.99)

6) SpinIt

SpinIt is what you get when you smash a pinwheel against your display as hard as you can. You could also think of it as combining the spinning of Circulux with the triangles of Fracta. Either way, the end result is delightful.

Download: SpinIt for Android (Free | $1.18)

Fantasy

7) Dragon Strike

Dragons? Check. Castles? Check. Sound effects? Yup, those are here too. Dragon Strike isn’t all that different from firing up a video game and just watching it run. It’s about as intense as live wallpapers get.

Download: Dragon Strike for Android (Free | $0.99)

8) Sky Islands

The peaceful islands that float across your screen in this live wallpaper might leave you feeling rather serene. Unless, that is, you can’t look at them without longing for an Android port of Skies of Arcadia. In that case, this might not be the best option for you.

Download: Sky Islands for Android (Free | $1.47)

9) Stickman Wallpaper

Stickman Wallpaper supplies you with swordsmen, wizards, and unarmed fighters slaying each other across a wide range of landscapes. It also contains space ships and lightsabers, so technically, you could lump it under the next category as well.

Download: Stickman Wallpaper for Android (Free | $1.47)

Sci-Fi

10) Pixel Fleet

The 80s could have easily provided you with enough pixelated space ships shooting at one another to last a lifetime. But just in case you haven’t had your fill, Pixel Fleet will unleash a galactic war right on your homescreen. Each ship comes with its own artificial intelligence, and you can tweak which ones get deployed. This way no two battles will be the same.

Download: Pixel Fleet for Android (Free | $1.99)

11) Real Space 3D

Do you spend your days imagining the view from a space colony hovering above the Earth? Save yourself some brainpower (or invigorate it further), by using this 3D rendering as your background. And when you’re ready for another immersive environment, there are a whole lot more from the same developer.

Download: Real Space 3D for Android (Free | $1.27)

12) Space Colony

Maybe you’re not interested in living life among the stars in a distant future. You’d rather spend your time hovering through an expansive metropolis underneath a foreign starscape. In that case, Space Colony might be the ideal place for your launcher icons to call home.

Download: Space Colony for Android ($1.95 with in-app purchases)

Nature

13) Forest HD

Forest HD gives you a chance to walk through the woods every time you unlock your phone, and you don’t even have to pack bug spray. Only these trees come with plenty of options, so you can alter their appearance and the wildlife that passes by them. Yeah, real life doesn’t quite work that way.

This developer has produced no shortage of wallpapers for nature lovers. Consider checking out Ocean HDSeason Zen, and My Beach once you’re done strolling through the wilderness.

Download: Forest HD for Android ($0.99 with in-app purchases)

14) Awesome Land

Take a lone tree standing in a field, give it a gorgeous background, and cover everything with whichever colors leap off your palette first. That’s Awesome Land in a nutshell.

Download: Awesome Land for Android (Free | $2.65)

15) Dream Night

To me, a wallpaper like Dream Night, with its dark silhouettes, is an an ideal match for solid black devices like the Nexus 5. The deep blacks blur into the frame of the device and draw your eyes toward each detail.

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Download: Dream Night for Android (Free | $1.18)

Animals

16) Friendly Bugs

Friendly Bugs was one of my favorite live wallpapers back when I got my first Android tablet, and several years later, I still find its butterflies and ladybugs a cute backdrop for any homescreen. You can also remove the bugs and watch shadows swaying atop the various backgrounds to enjoy nature without the critters.

Again, there are plenty more live wallpapers from Kittehface Software. So check those out if you like what you see.

Download: Friendly Bugs for Android (Free | $0.99)

17) Stalker Cat

Stalker Cat is pretty emo. It’s also very adorable. This creepy kitty will pop out of every corner of your screen and stare at you with weird blue eyes. Sometimes it will react to your touch.

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There isn’t much else to the wallpaper, but like Dream Night, I find the animation and deep blacks an ideal match for a phone of the same color.

Download: Stalker Cat for Android (Free with in-app purchases)

18) Three Wise Monkeys

One chimpanzee is plenty fun to watch, but this wallpaper doesn’t stop there. It gives you three fully-rendered apes that change their expressions as you swipe your screen.

Download: Three Wise Monkeys for Android ($0.99)

Urban

19) City Bokeh

Do you know those blurry circular lights that pop up during half of Hollywood’s night scenes? This live wallpaper places them on your screen.

Note: the paid version is nearly identical to the free one. Since both lack ads, the latter is largely there just to toss the developer some money.

Download: City Bokeh for Android (Free | $1.79)

20) Paperland

Paperland is about as charming as they come. This wallpaper features a vibrant town filled with cartoony cars, sailboats, and birds. Whether you’re strolling through the countryside, the suburbs, or a bustling downtown is entirely up to you. And if the name didn’t give it away, everything looks like its made of paper.

This is the same developer that went on to create Minima, and in many ways, it shows.

Download: Paperland for Android (Free | $0.99)

21) Your City 3D

Your City 3D is a never-ending city that admittedly looks more like an environment from a previous generation of computer generated graphics. Nevertheless, the experience scales nicely to today’s devices and still makes for an engaging live wallpaper.

Download: Your City 3D for Android (Free | $1.49)

Photos

22) Muzei

Muzei blurs backgrounds so that any image looks beautiful behind rows of icons. By default it shuffles through artwork, but you can also have the app flip through your gallery or a designated folder. A quick double tap brings the picture into focus. For many, Muzei is the ideal way to set a picture you’ve taken as your background and still walk away with a cohesive look.

Download: Muzei for Android (Free)

23) Super Clock Wallpaper

Giant homescreen clocks may seem unnecessary when the time is always available in the top right corner, but that hasn’t stopped people from decorating their devices with sizable widgets. Super Clock Wallpaper lets you bake the time directly into the background along with additional information like remaining battery life and your current Wi-Fi network. The app can also swap out the image behind the text to whichever one you prefer.

Also check out WP Clock live wallpaper Love Typography? Then You’ll Love WP Clock Live Wallpaper For Android Love Typography? Then You’ll Love WP Clock Live Wallpaper For Android If you’re looking for a quick way to end up with a beautiful all-text homescreen, you should check out WP Clock Live Wallpaper. It’s not as customizable, but it’s simple, has over a million installs,... Read More if you’re intrigued by this concept.

Download: Super Clock Wallpaper for Android (Free | $0.99)

24) Photo Wall FX

The best camera is the one that you have with you. That probably means that it’s also the one that’s lugging around most of your photos. Photo Wall FX (not to be confused with Photo Wall, which does a similar job but hasn’t seen an update since 2013) is a great way for folks who use their smartphone as their primary camera to get a regular look at all the images they’ve snapped.

Download: Photo Wall FX for Android (Free with in-app purchases)

25) VideoWall

Rather than reliving photos, you can place a video on loop instead. The transition may be jarring once the clip comes to an end, but you could potentially film something that gets around this with enough practice.

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There are several other Android apps that let you turn a video into a live wallpaper. Alive Video is one alternative that provides you with clips to use if you don’t want to supply your own Change Your Wallpaper To A Video With Alive Video Wallpaper [Android 2.0+] Change Your Wallpaper To A Video With Alive Video Wallpaper [Android 2.0+] Despite Android's live wallpaper feature, you can't actually use a video as your wallpaper, so you're limited to the software-rendered ones. Video Live Wallpaper has been the go-to app so far, but it hasn't been... Read More .

Download:VideoWall for Android (Free with in-app purchases)

What’s Your Favorite?

Whether we’re trying to make a statement, expressing our interests, amusing ourselves, or simply looking for something that’s easy on the eyes, there are plenty of reasons to put a lot of thought into our Android live wallpapers.

What’s your favorite style? Do you like full 3D environments, lively 2D animations, or something non-distracting? Maybe you prefer apps that automatically cycle through static backgrounds 9 Great Apps That Will Change Your Android Smartphone’s Wallpaper 9 Great Apps That Will Change Your Android Smartphone’s Wallpaper Tired of a boring wallpaper? These apps have the best options out there to get you an exciting, fun background on your phone. Read More .

We’re all into different things. Share your preference below, and if your favorite isn’t on the list above, don’t hesitate to give it a shout out!

  1. Nala D.
    July 23, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I go for non-live wallpapers. Although I bet all of these look wonderful on my phone, they would greatly consume battery and RAM, so no thanks...unless someone can recommend something free and extremely light. I use live wallpapers/themes on my desktop PC though.

  2. Christopher HasARightToPrivacy
    July 16, 2015 at 12:16 am

    My favorite isn't on the Play store - it's one that came with my Asus tablet.. It changes photos every hour, etc. None of the wallpaper changer apps on the Store that I've tried seem to be any good.

    This is also one of my favorites:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fishnoodle.autumn

    Prismatic is also pretty slick:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fishnoodle.kaleidoscope

    Around Christmas time, this one is always on my tablets:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dualboot.apps.christmas

  3. ryan shewmaker
    July 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Mine is the highly customizable Magic Fluids https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magicfluids

  4. Max R.
    July 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    projectM (aka milkdrop for android)
    yes it is a music visulation
    however it has both live wallpaper and daydream mode

    it can utilize the music you are playing or the ambient noise around you (in case you are not playing music)
    with a multitude of different visualizations (300+ at last count) it is truly one of a kind
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.psperl.prjM&hl=en

    price: free with in app purchases
    pro: $2.99 USD

    note: daydream mode is not available in the pro version however the pro version can act as a unock key for the free version, and does however need to be installed to work as a key

  5. Carol Elkins
    July 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    My very favorite live wallpaper is Northern Lights
    (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lucentvisions.wallpapers.NorthernLightsFree)
    I'm a northern lights fan and this wallpaper is stunning and also soothing with its gentle transitions of the aurora, twinkling stars, and an occasional shooting star.

    I really liked these, too (wish I could include images in these comments):

    Mystic Night Live Wallpaper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xllusion.livewallpaper.mysticnight

    Rains Live Wallpaper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidwasabi.livewallpaper.s4drop

    Space Galaxy Live Wallpaper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.toar.livewallpaper.spacelive.free

    Sunrise Live Wallpaper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xllusion.livewallpaper.sunrise

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