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Get past your phone’s lock screen, and the first thing that catches the eye is your wallpaper. Some of us are minimalists, opting for a wallpaper that’s just a single, uniform expanse of color — like what Android app Colors can give you. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more visual flair, you should check out these three excellent wallpaper apps.

For Polygon Aficionados: Facets ($0.99)

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Facets is the polar opposite of something like the previously-reviewed Wallbase For Android Wallbase For Android: One Of The Best Ways To Find Beautiful Wallpapers On The Go Wallbase For Android: One Of The Best Ways To Find Beautiful Wallpapers On The Go Wallpapers are fun, and they're also one of the best ways to customize and personalize your tech. Today I'm here with an app we haven't looked at yet: Wallbase, the mobile companion for the venerable... Read More : Instead of an endless feed of wallpapers from all over the place, Facets highlights one artist’s original work and consistent style. The artist is Justin Maller, whose work you can also see on his online portfolio.

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While the style is consistent — images are all strikingly polygonal — subject matter varies, ranging from abstract shapes to animals. You can browse Maller’s creations by month, theme (“concept”), or mood. Well worth the asking price, if you enjoy the style. It’s also an innovative way to support an artist.

For Lovers Of Simplicity: FlatWallpapers (Free)

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FlatWallpapers is the only app in this roundup that’s free. There’s a lot to be said for using a free wallpaper app, though you may just want to use your browser to pick wallpapers Introducing The World's Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone's Browser Introducing The World's Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone's Browser When it comes to static, desktop-like wallpapers, I think it's high time someone asked "do we really need an app for that?" I say, no, we definitely don't. All you need to find, download, and... Read More from the endless ocean that’s on offer on the Web. What makes FlatWallpapers worth trying out is what it lacks: A huge mishmash of wallpapers. Instead, you get a fairly narrow collection with one theme: Simplicity.

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FlatWallpapers contains no photos or elaborate 3D renders. You get some text wallpapers, some colorful polygons, and the occasional wavy pattern. It’s elegant, uncluttered, easy to use, and free. What’s not to like?

For VSCO Cam Fans: wlpapR ($1.38)

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If, like me, you’ve been impressed with VSCO Cam VSCO Cam For Android, Reviewed: A Hipster Haven, Or What Instagram Should Have Been? VSCO Cam For Android, Reviewed: A Hipster Haven, Or What Instagram Should Have Been? Here's a novel idea: Take pictures with your phone, then apply filters to make them look old-timey. What? Heard this one before? VSCO Cam takes it to the next level. Read More , some people may call you a hipster. Ignore them, you know what’s good. wlpapR is an annoyingly-named wallpaper app that takes the VSCO Cam aesthetic and runs with it, offering a collection of artistically faded wallpapers with a heavy emphasis on the outdoors and clouds.

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It’s beautiful, and the wallpaper that I currently have comes from wlpapR.

How Do You Get Wallpapers?

Note that none of these apps will change your wallpaper throughout the day – for that you might want to try out the lovely Freshbacks Freshbacks: A Fun, Simple Way to Always Have a Gorgeous & Interesting Wallpaper on Your Android Phone Freshbacks: A Fun, Simple Way to Always Have a Gorgeous & Interesting Wallpaper on Your Android Phone Are you bored with your phone's wallpaper? Read More , or the recently popular Muzei app. The good news is that both wlpapR and FlapWallpapers support Muzei, so you can choose them as wallpaper sources and specify which sets of wallpapers Muzei should switch between.

What’s your pick for getting fresh wallpapers? Let me know below.

  1. Alpha
    June 11, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Patterns are my favorite.

  2. Anonymous
    June 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    500FirePaper

    • devesh kumar
      June 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      BEST APP 500FirePaper

  3. Katharine W
    June 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I've been using the Ascension 2 Live Wallpaper app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.spifftastic.ascension2

    It's really beautiful, and you can customize it in thousands of ways to get some truly unique wallpapers. And it's free (no ads either).

  4. Ankit
    June 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Backgrounds for me !

  5. name
    June 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Panoramic Screen is great app

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