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Are you bored with your phone’s wallpaper? Freshbacks is a fun and simple app that downloads a pack of ten beautiful wallpapers every day, and randomly rotates them every time you switch your phone on during the day. The basic app is free, too, and it has an innovative two-tier model for getting premium features. We’ve previously covered the wildly popular Wallpbase app 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 , as well as just using your browser to download mobile 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 , and those are both still very good options. What Freshbacks adds to the mix is the variety of constantly switching backgrounds.

Let The Images Speak

First things first: As beautiful the app itself may be, it wouldn’t be worth much without good wallpapers. So let’s let the images speak for themselves:

freshbacks-backgrounds

And finally, here’s one landscape piece in its full glory:

freshbacks-image

This particular piece is entitled Paradise, and it’s by InterfaceLIFT user blues81. All wallpapers on Freshbacks come from InterfaceLIFT, a website which has been on the wallpaper scene for so long we mentioned it in a wallpaper site roundup Best Sites to Download Very High Resolution Wallpapers Best Sites to Download Very High Resolution Wallpapers Read More way back in 2009. The world went mobile since then, but InterfaceLIFT is still going strong, and Freshbacks is one proof. These are just three samples, but most of the wallpapers offered on Freshbacks are as beautiful (though there are a few Apple-specific ones that might seem odd on your Android homescreen).

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Getting Started: A Simple Explanation

As simple as Freshbacks is, its developers still decided to throw in an onboarding procedure, just to make sure you know what’s what:

freshbacks-onboarding

To work, Freshbacks must be set as a live wallpaper. If you’re wary of live wallpapers for fear they will drain your battery, fear not: Freshbacks displays completely static images, so it uses no CPU or GPU resources to render complicated animations.

The Daily Bundle

Every day, at 5am by default, Freshbacks goes online and grabs a fresh pack of ten high-res wallpapers:

freshbacks-downloading

It does this even if you don’t open the app – this is just what it looks like from within the app, but it would work all the same even if you did nothing (as long as the live wallpaper was active). If you’re curious about a given image, you can tap it for further information:

freshbacks-attribution

This is an important aspect of the app: Every image is fully attributed to its original uploader (who is also, hopefully, its original creator), and you can easily get to their InterfaceLIFT profile right from within Freshbacks. It’s nice to see a wallpaper apps that takes some care in attributing original work – something many wallpaper websites sadly neglect.

Freshbacks Lite: Paying With a Tweet

The basic version of Freshbacks is entirely free, and there’s a Pro version that costs a couple of bucks and unlocks all features. So far, this is standard fare; but Freshbacks also adds a middle tier, Freshbacks Lite:

freshbacks-lite

Freshbacks Lite gives you some of the features you’d get with Pro (but not all), in exchange for sharing the app on two social channels via Android’s native sharing functionality. That latter part – native sharing feature – is important. Freshbacks does not ask for direct access to your Twitter account or any other social media account, and it won’t post anything on your behalf. It just watches as you use Android’s sharing feature twice, and that’s it. Yes, you could cheat by just “sharing” over email to yourself (emailing yourself with a link to the app), but Freshbacks really is good enough to share with your friends – and this enlightened and non-intrusive approach to social sharing should probably be rewarded with some honesty on the part of users.

Of course, you could always just shell out a couple of bucks, which is what I did:

freshbacks-pro

Payment is done via in-app purchase, using Google Play’s built-in mechanism.

What Your Money Buys: Blurring Images

Freshbacks is a relatively generous app in that the free version isn’t severely hobbled. One notable feature you get when you get the paid Pro version is image blurring:

freshbacks-settings

You can pick one of four levels of blurring. I didn’t find the feature very useful, because it’s a global setting – some wallpapers look better when they’re razor-sharp, while others work very well with blurring. Still, like most apps I purchase, for me it’s more about supporting an Android developer who’s adding something nice to the ecosystem.

Here’s what a blurred image looks like, just in case you’re wondering:

freshbacks-blur

A Fun and Simple Way to Enjoy Mobile Wallpapers

Freshbacks gets the job done. It grabs beautiful wallpapers off the Internet and randomly rotates them on your device. It also manages to look good while doing it, fairly credit original creators, and introduce an interesting “social payment” model. All in all, a simple and capable app that deserves some love from the Android community.

Do you have a better way of randomizing wallpapers on your device? Is there anything you’re really missing with Freshbacks? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Niela Ahmed
    March 15, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Please can someone e tell me how to take the blurring off?? I downloaded fresh backs for free and they were crystal clear images! Then one day they were blurred when I hadn't touched the settings and has now spoiled the app for me! Please can someone tell me how to turn the blur feature off?

  2. SSK
    January 17, 2014 at 5:39 am

    What is the icon pack you use in your launcher, Erez Z?

    • Erez Z
      January 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

      It's called Axis -- have been using it for a while now :) Lots of icons available, but it's not free.

  3. Eric J
    January 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    is there a live wallpaper that a picture changes color in relation to the time of the day, like from sunrise to sunset?

    • Erez Z
      January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Not as far as I know, but you might want to ask on MakeUseOf Answers!

  4. Charles R
    January 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I found the app "500 Firepaper" which I really like using. Users can pick categories and refresh times too.

    • Erez Z
      January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Yup - I've tried out 500 Firepaper too and it's quite nice, only the interface is not as polished as Freshbacks imho.

  5. Sheeva
    January 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    This reminds me of the desktop wallpaper app "WEBSHOTS" before American Greetings bought them out and it became somewhat useles.

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