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video wallpaperAs an owner of an Android device, you’re probably well aware of Android’s “Live Wallpaper 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 ” capabilities, in which special software-driven animated wallpapers can be set instead of static, image-based wallpapers. Some live wallpapers that are offered by default or that can be installed via the Play Store are pretty stunning and allow you to make your Android device that much cooler.

However, 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 updated in well over a year. Thankfully that’s about to change, as a new and well-supported Android app exists to give you this functionality. The best part is it’s quick and easy!

About Alive Video Wallpaper

Alive Video Wallpaper fulfills this role by allowing you to pick from a collection of videos to set as your wallpaper. It’s extremely easy to configure and doesn’t drain your batteries by suspending whenever you’re active on any other app. There are many videos to choose from, and the developer claims it should work smoothly on “90% of Android devices”.


Getting the app installed is, like virtually any other Android app, quick and simple. You can find the app by searching for “Alive Video Wallpaper” in the Google Play Store or by following this link in either your desktop’s or Android device’s browser. A few clicks or taps, and you’ll be ready to go in no time.


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To set a video wallpaper, you’ll need to hit the Menu button while you’re on your Home screen, then choose Wallpaper.

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In the next prompt, you’re going to select Live Wallpapers as the app uses the live wallpaper framework to play the videos. After tapping on Live Wallpapers, choose Alive Wallpaper.


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You’ll then be presented with the default video selected, which should be a video of rain hitting a body of water. In case you want something other than rain (which will most likely be the case), go ahead and tap on Settings, then Alive Wallpaper to choose from the collection of videos that come with the app.

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Give it a moment to load as there are a more than a couple, and you’ll soon see a list of different videos you can choose from. At the time of writing, there are currently 15 videos in the collection, and all are the same type of “stock” or “generic” videos as the rain video which was the default.

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Choosing a different video will begin the download process, as downloading them all as part of the app’s installation would have made the app quite massive. As soon as it finishes downloading, you can choose to set it as your new video wallpaper.


That’s actually it! See, it’s quick and simple to do, and it works on most Android devices. If you’re not sure if it’ll work on yours, just give it a whirl and find out for yourself, although newer devices which are decently powered should fair well. The only feature I’m missing is the ability to choose your own videos as your wallpaper, but this is definitely a good start so I have no complaints. If none of the ordinary live wallpapers are your cup of tea, you should give Alive Video Wallpaper a try!

What’s your current wallpaper on your Android device? Is there a feature you’d like to see on Android that pertains to wallpapers? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Pizentu
    July 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    If you are interested in using your own videos with this app. There IS a simple way to do it. I do not know your policy of what can or cant be said here so I wont go into how its done. Though you can search Pizentu on youtube and see a video showing me using my video in the Alive Video Wallpaper app. Its Named "Testing Video Wallpaper apps for Android.

    Really not trying to spam and promote myself. I like using video wallpapers and being able to use my own videos is awesome. Just wanted to share that it is possible.

    • Danny Stieben
      July 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      You're allowed to explain to people how to do it. But people can go ahead and find your video too. :)

  2. Alex Downs
    July 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Question is how much battery power does this nom away at?

    • Danny Stieben
      July 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

      There is virtually no impact on battery life. Unless you're going to stay on the home screen forever AND prevent your phone from turning off the display, it won't make much difference.

  3. Daniel Escasa
    June 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    If you’re not sure if it’ll work on yours, just give it a whirl and find out for yourself, although newer devices which are decently powered should fair well.

    Google Play should tell you if your device is compatible with the app. Just below the big box with the app name and the install button (guess you can call that the title box?) is a message confirming its compatibility with your device.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

      That's true, but I've had an app before that installed on my phone but didn't run, so it's not a 100% guarantee. I suppose the developer just allowed it for all devices because there's so many and he can't test them all.

  4. Philip Nelson
    June 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Are there any apps that let you choose your own videos as a wallpaper?

    • Danny Stieben
      June 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

      "Video Live Wallpaper" does, but as I mentioned in the article it doesn't seem to be very well supported as the last update was well over a year ago.