Spice Up Your Desktop With These 3 Excellent Wallpaper Changers [Windows]

Tina Sieber 12-09-2012

free wallpaper changersA beautiful desktop is a matter of aesthetics. Some people care, others don’t. If you are the kind who appreciates clean and organized spaces, then I’m sure your desktop isn’t cluttered with icons. While a chaotic desktop isn’t necessarily a sign of an unorganized mind, a clean desktop does provide space for beauty and tranquility, which can help to calm your mind and stimulate your creativity.


With the variety of stunning wallpapers available, however, it’s tough to set for just one. Wallpaper Changers are small applications that make this decision redundant. They allow you to enjoy as many beautiful desktop backgrounds as you desire, by switching to a new wallpaper at regular intervals. This article introduces four of the best, free wallpaper changers, each of which will appeal to a different audience.

John’s Background Switcher

John’s Background Switcher has been updated continuously over the years and easily rivals any paid wallpaper changer on the market. The tool sources images not only from your computer, but also from online resources, including Flickr, Facebook photos, and Picasa. You can add entire folders, including subfolders from your computer, too.

Unlike many other apps, John’s Background Switcher supports multiple monitors. Clicking the More… button will take you to an extensive assortment of extra features, such as montages, switching behavior, or picture handling. Taken together, John’s Background Switcher is a powerful app, which sports a simple and intuitive interface that doesn’t overbear the inexperienced user.

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A similar cross-platform app with a smoother interface is Wally, which we have reviewed here: Wally- Awesome Wallpaper Rotator for Windows, Mac & Linux Wally- Awesome Wallpaper Rotator for Windows, Mac & Linux Read More


Wallpaper Master

If you are looking for an advanced tool to manage your wallpapers, Wallpaper Master might be it. Apart from being able to add entire directories, you can set a different position for each wallpaper, set a custom background color for each, rate your wallpapers, and set an interval, as well as an order for how your wallpapers are displayed. Wallpaper Master gives you full control over what happens with your desktop background image.

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A noteworthy option is that Wallpaper Master can auto-close after 30 seconds to save system resources. Unfortunately, Wallpaper Master does not support multiple or dual monitors.

Desktoppr [Broken URL Removed]

Desktoppr’s main feature is to give you access to a huge collection of beautiful wallpapers and sync your favorites to your computer and it does so via Dropbox. Beyond that, it relies on Windows 7 native features to change your wallpaper at custom intervals. In other words, Desktoppr does not consume precious system resources, but instead focuses on providing you with fantastic wallpapers.


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While Desktoppr still is in beta, MakeUseOf could secure 2,000 beta invites and some of them are still up for grabs. Simply go to Create Account [Broken URL Removed] and enter MAKEUSEOF01 where it says Beta code.

Read the full review here: Synchronize Your Desktop Wallpapers Via Dropbox, With Desktoppr

Similar Tools

Here are some more tools that didn’t make it into my list:


Further Resources

Now that you know how to rotate multiple wallpapers, you might want to expand your collection. Also remember that beautiful wallpapers demand a clean desktop. Below is a selection of articles with great wallpapers, the best sites to download them, and a few tips how to best showcase them, i.e. how to clean up your desktop.

Get New Wallpapers:

Improve Your Desktop:

Can you live with just a single wallpaper now?

Image credits: Ripped Wallpaper via Shutterstock

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  1. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    why use a background switcher when you can just set your desktop to slideshow with your favorite backgrounds?

    • Tina
      November 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Because a background switcher offers additional features. Of course if you're happy with a simple slideshow, then you don't need another tool eating up system resources. It's all a matter or priority. :)

  2. Douglas Mutay
    November 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Good apps. But I am not the kind of person that does change wallpaper at all. I like the original wallpaper of my Dell Inspiron and have never thought getting other wallpaper. But, indeed, very good article. Thank you!

  3. Victor Ong
    September 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Well, some people have talked about the bing desktop downloader, but many people may not know about a windows 7 THEME that does it for you! You don't have to install any software, and the theme receives new wallpapers from a rss feed. Ingenious!

    If you want to download it :)

    • Tina
      September 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

      Thank you for sharing this one, Victor!

  4. Vishal Mishra
    September 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Desktoppr with John’s Background Switcher is a good combination as it does not change the wallpaper on it's own.

  5. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I prefer the bing desktop! it's rather a search bar on the desktop bt gives the chance to add the daily bing wallpaper to my desktop! :)

  6. Ronald Smith
    September 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Sometimes it is a good thing to be able to rely on something else to change the backgrounds for me, without me really having to do a lot of work, such as compiling a folder of images, etc. I may give this a try, or perhaps have my wifey do so for me, lol.

  7. Xoandre
    September 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Anyone with Windows Vista / 7 already has a desktop background switcher installed with their operating system. Simply right-click the desktop and select PERSONALIZE.

    Select the "DESKTOP BACKGROUND SLIDESHOW" Theme and select a Windows directory (folder) as the source of the images and save the theme.

    You can add or remove images in that folder and they will instantly be a part of your rotation. You can select random or in order (alphabetical by file name) and select the interval between wallpaper changes.

    NO NEED for any third-party apps!

    • illegal3alien
      September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Unless you want to automatically download wallpapers. There are probably free tools for any site you want.

      There are a lot of tools for Flickr if you find an album you like.

    • Tina
      September 14, 2012 at 5:19 am


      You're right, Windows 7 does provide a native feature to change wallpapers. I did mention that when writing about Desktoppr, which actually depends on exactly that feature. The point of those tools is that they offer additional value, for example more options for switching wallpapers or more possible sources other than your computer. The article is for people who are not satisfied with Windows' native feature.

      However, you have a point. A lot of people who don't know about the native feature may read the article and think they need the app. I should have mentioned the native Windows feature more clearly. So thank you for pointing it out!

  8. Anandu B Ajith
    September 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

    and use screensaver as wallpaper

  9. Anandu B Ajith
    September 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

    i lke desktoper

  10. Nabil A Swileh
    September 13, 2012 at 9:45 am


    I have Wallpaper Master and it's the best. Many options that will covers all your needs,

  11. mohit kumar
    September 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I'm using Bing Desktop and Wallpaper downloader for bing images.

  12. tarzan2001
    September 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I've been using John's Background Switcher for over 2 years now, and I love it! It does exactly what I want, and has neat features built-in that automatically adjust the placement of images that are not the same size as the native desktop resolution. It really comes in handy with images that are a wee bit larger. Other programs would shrink down the larger image to make it fit, but JBS just centers it and crops appropriately.

    My brother said that JBS slowed down his system a bit after he installed it, so he got rid of it. However, I haven't experienced any issues with it at all. :)

    • Tina Sieber
      September 13, 2012 at 3:06 am

      JBS does run in the background and might take up some system resources. If you have maxed out your RAM, it may make a difference. But shouldn't.

    • Azhar Madia
      September 13, 2012 at 3:26 am

      I set JBS to set new wallpaper every morning, then set it to quit automatically afterwards, so it doesn't take up any resources.