11 Fascinating Android Live Wallpapers to Animate Your Home Screen

Tina Sieber 15-09-2011

android live wallpapersWallpapers 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 boring.


Personally, I love to switch my digital wallpapers often as I quickly get bored. Recently, I discovered live wallpapers for Google Android and have been playing around with them. In this article I will share with you the 11 most useful, beautiful, and cool wallpapers I have come across during my explorations.


Bubbleator actually is more like an app that runs as a live wallpaper. You can stream content from Facebook, Twitter, your calendar and other sources across your home screen. You can remove items you have seen from the stream or scroll back and forth to view what you are most interested in.

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The default wallpaper is pretty plain, but you can replace it with any image from your gallery.

aniPet Aquarium

Aquarium live wallpapers have a strange appeal and this one is an especially fascinating one. This free version is limited to two fish an no settings. However, you get a two day trial of all features offered in the full version.


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In the paid version you can add up to 15 fish from 142 different species to your tank, adjust the fish growth speed, change the background image, make the fish react to touch, feed them, and let them die without food, although that one is a bit of a pointless detail. What’s more interesting is that mature fish can have offspring and the background moves when you switch from one screen to the next.


If you think aquariums are boring and would rather see some more interesting pets populate your tablet, try SwampWater. It will let little worms, bacteria, and various other microscopic organisms float, crawl, and creep across your screen. Your female friends will love it, provided they are not biologists because then they will really love it! You can change the color of the wallpaper to suit your preferences.

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Photile [No Longer Available]

With Photile you can turn any of your pictures into a grid of tiles that float, fade, slide, and react to your touch.

free android wallpapers

The PRO version unlocks different tile shapes and you can save your themes.

We have also featured Photile Photile Live Wallpaper: Turn Pictures Into A Cool Floating Tiled Wallpapers (Android) Read More in the MakeUseOf tagectory.


Light Grid

This live wallpaper is highly customizable, although the free version is very limited. You can change the color, speed, and touch-reaction of the tiles.

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To change the shape of the tiles, add advanced animations, and save your various themes, you have to invest into the PRO version.

Rays of Light

Rays of light in all the colors of the rainbow beam across your screen with this live wallpaper. A simple but stylish background choice.


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Lightning flashing up between passing dark clouds and heavy rain is what this live wallpaper will give you.

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There is a paid version called Thunderstorm Donation, which gives you access to settings, such as ambient light color, wind speed, bolt frequency, and more.


Nightfall is a very beautiful and serene live wallpaper of a nightly garden scene with trees, bushes, a picket fence, and a swing at night time with the sky, stars, and the moon passing by in the background.

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In the full version you can control the stars and moon in the background, as well as the silhouette in the foreground.


The starlight vista and the floating clouds in this live wallpaper were hand painted by Anne Paetzke.

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The full version features shooting stars, twinkling stars in the background, and full control over cloud layer and background animations.

Blue Skies

The free version of this live wallpaper uses OpenGL to send you on a home screen journey above the clouds.

blue sky and clouds

Celtic Garden

This enchanting little Celtic garden scene features a fountain sitting in a beam of light, surrounded by mushrooms and with a wall of shamrocks in the back.

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The full HD version of this live wallpaper comes with interactive fireflies, day and night settings, more flowers, and pixies.

If you cannot make up your mind and need a way to switch between wallpapers, try these 3 Great Apps That Will Change Your 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 on your Android device.

What is your favorite Android live wallpaper and do you prefer interactive ones over simply animated background images?

Image credits: Michal Bednarek

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  1. Smart Phone Apps
    October 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Great wallpapers ! Here I want to share some other nice wallpaper found while browse through net plz check 

  2. Alcheb
    October 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I just downloaded this "Flying through the Clouds"
    Airplane flying through the clouds. Beautiful animation. Pretty cool livewallpaper.
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  3. Aibek
    October 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

    thanks for sharing it here

  4. Tina
    October 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Does it work on tablets?

  5. Steve Pryde
    September 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Try FishBowl Premium LWP - recently FEATURED on Android Market!
    The most interactive aquarium live wallpaper for Android Phones!

    Also, Super Skies Premium LWP - featuring awesome hot air balloons against a cloudy sky. There are also party balloons that you can pop, and bi-planes, and a subtle wind effect.

    • Tina
      September 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Unfortunately, these wallpapers are not free.

  6. Anonymous
    September 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I have wanted to try out other live wallpaper apps and this list is great but I always find myself returning to PhotoWall Live its a wallpaper that takes pictures from your phones picture directory or facebook from you or even your friends and makes a cool collage of pics across your phone.  Each picture starts to change every 20 seconds or so to keep it fresh.  The amount of options you get even for the free version is really nice as well.  I say check it out if you have a min!  I havent been able to switch ever since installing it.

    • Tina
      September 17, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kezule
    September 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I love live wallpapers but my android lock messes up a lot more when I have them enabled, I could change my lock method but I really like using the pattern lock... The wallpapers look great though!

    • Tina
      September 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Too bad they don't work for you, Kezule. Thank you for the feedback, though! :)

  8. Abhinav
    September 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I liked the anipet aquarium wallpaper most........

  9. Suhel
    September 16, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Hi Tina, Once again I've to make the same comment

    I love android.
    It has great features.
    Only problem is every great feature is a great battery killer :(

    • Tina
      September 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

      I guess that's life.

    • Steve Pryde
      September 26, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Live Wallpapers are not battery killers.
      Android tells you what is using the battery - go to Settings->About->Battery Use.

      If the Live Wallpaper shows up at all, it will be no more than 4%.

      Of course, a poorly written Live Wallpaper could use more - just like any poorly written app could.

      Try FishBowl Live Wallpaper - you probably wont notice a difference in battery life.

      • Tina
        September 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

        Thanks for the recommendation, Steve.