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The best live wallpaper apps for Android: Spice up your homescreen/lockscreen with these cool apps

Finding the right wallpaper can be difficult. There are a ton of great wallpapers to choose from; however, if you want to make your Android device stand out from the crowd, then you might want to check out some live wallpapers.

Live wallpapers are amazing yet some users are skeptical of using wallpapers ever since their introduction in Android. This was due to the fact that live wallpapers back in the day actually slowed down the device quite a bit.

Now our smartphones are capable of delivering the same performance as laptops, using live wallpapers won’t slow down or hamper the user experience on most modern Android smartphones.

If you’re in search of the perfect live wallpaper app, we’ve curated a list of the absolute best live wallpaper applications currently available on the Google Play Store.

Note: Live wallpapers do consume a bit more battery than usual; however, if you charge your device every day, then there shouldn’t be any reason to worry.

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OnePlus 7 Pro Live Wallpaper

The OnePlus 7 Pro live wallpapers look simply marvelous on an AMOLED screen. Whimsical clouds and abstract design dominate the Live Wallpaper themes offered by this manufacturer.

Unlike the other apps on this list, you will have to extract these wallpapers from a Google Drive link. Also, there are 90 FPS and 60 FPS versions available.

Download: OnePlus 7 Pro Wallpapers | OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Wallpapers

Koi Free Live Wallpaper

A super responsive wallpaper app, this app aims to come as close to a real-life Koi pond experience as possible. In fact, it’s even better in some ways. The wallpaper has a cool ripple effect that responds every time you swipe the screen and you can even mess with the fishes and they will respond.

The app has some great gimmicks and if you like the concept of a Koi pond, this one is a great option. We tried it for the colorful fishes but stayed for the whole experience.

Download: Koi

Live Wallpapers HD

If you are part of a popular fandom (Marvel, Pokemon) the chances of getting the perfect wallpaper are very high on this app. The best part is that you don’t have to settle for anything less than full HD and the great 4D effect is a standard regardless of which wallpaper you use.
There are many layers that need to be downloaded to execute the wallpaper effectively, while the app does not charge you for these wallpapers, you will need to watch ads to get what you want. Despite that, we highly recommend this one.

Rain Live Wallpaper

Your screen becomes a virtual window for some beautiful rain scenery with this app. Short of feeling the moisture when you swipe your hand against a foggy window, this app captures every other experience perfectly.

Like the Snowfall app, the major highlight for this app too is the level of customization you can enjoy. It also does some really wonderful things for your screen with the whole nature theme being as natural as possible.

Download: Rain

Oajoo Device Info Wallpaper

Oajoo Info makes for a great functional live wallpaper. You will be able to keep an eye on your phone’s performance by turning your screen into a permanent surveillance monitor with this wallpaper.

The app also has an extensive color palette and some really cool effects that turn the functionality aspect into an aesthetic delight. You can decide how you want your wallpaper to look and save different themes that you can keep switching between without too much effort.

Download: Oajoo Info

Forest Live Wallpaper

The day and night transitions of this app that alter your screen throughout the day make this app really unique in the realm of live wallpapers. The calming effect of the wind movement also gives it a real appeal.

You will like how they have used a variety of warm and cold colors to create forest sceneries (as the name suggests). The integration of weather, time, good movement, and nice visuals make this app a strong contender for a permanent/long term choice.

Download: Forest

Muzei Live Wallpaper

Muzei sets famous artworks as muted (but live when you double tap) wallpapers every day. You will be pleasantly surprised by how beautiful some of these works are and the blur makes for a nice reveal setup. Double tapping activates the wallpaper of the day and triple tapping puts the image back to sleep.

The blur feature is not restricted to famous works of art, you can also do the same for your own photos. Create a separate folder and choose the images you would like. They will be a surprise waiting for behind the blur for when you want double tap on the screen.

Download: Muzei

ZENTALED

ZENTALED probably has one of the best live wallpapers for Android. The app features a bunch of extremely cool AMOLED friendly wallpapers. The live wallpapers are interactive and each tap lights up a certain area.

What’s even better is the fact that the live wallpapers make use of the gyroscope in the device to really make the wallpapers stand out. If you’re looking for a great live wallpaper application, then ZENTALED is absolutely worth checking out.

Download: ZENTALED 

NEOLINE

NEOLINE is a brilliant minimal yet complex 3D live wallpaper app. The live wallpaper application does look great on AMOLED displays; however, can be just as beautiful on LCD displays as well.

As the name suggests there are subtle neon lights that move around in patterns and also support 3D effects with the gyroscope. Fortunately, the app does not consume battery as much as some other live wallpaper apps.

Download: NEOLINE 

AMOLED LiveWallpaper

Here’s another superb live wallpaper application from the same creator as both the applications above. There’s only one live wallpaper included in the free version of the application; however, if you’re willing to pay a small amount, then you’d be able to change the colors and FPS and a lot more.

This is probably one of the most minimal and beautiful live wallpaper applications available in the Play Store. More importantly, the app would help save some battery on devices with an AMOLED display.

Download: AMOLED LiveWallpaper

WALLOOP™

WALLOOP is a fantastic live wallpaper application and has over a million downloads on the Play Store. The offers some great 4K animated GIFs, videos and more. You can pick from options that range from cityscapes to some really cool animal ones. The variety is truly great with this one.

There’s are quite a few live wallpaper categories as well as a ton of non-live wallpaper categories. The only catch here is that to unlock most live wallpapers you have to watch a short ad which is not bad considering the app is free and still is one of the best live wallpaper apps on the Play Store.

Download: WALLOP

Live Wallpaper Loops

Now here’s a live wallpaper application that is fairly different from the other live wallpaper apps. Live Wallpaper Loops has a bunch of cool static images and turns them into live photos or cinemagraphs depending on how you customize the image.

The app may not have the best images but you can apply effects that are extremely customizable. The end result is a real works of art, especially once you’re done using the cool effects and settings offered by this app. So go ahead and animate your own picture using this app.

Download: Live Wallpaper Loops

3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018

If you want to impress someone, or simply want to be impressed by a live wallpaper app, then we’d suggest checking out the 3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018 application.

The app has a bunch of absolutely insane 3D Parallax wallpapers that would make you not want to put your phone down. The wallpapers make use of the gyroscope sensor which creates a cool 3D effect.

Download: 3D Wallpaper Parallax 2018

Particle Live Wallpaper n Play

The Particle Live Wallpaper application is super simple yet offers one of the most stunning live wallpapers you’d find on the Google Play Store.

The app does not offer any fancy images or 3D effects instead there are thousands of interactive particles which respond when you touch the screen. To fully grasp the epicness, we’d suggest checking the app out for yourself.

Download: Particle Live Wallpaper n Play

Zero Live Wallpaper

Here’s another great 3D parallax live wallpaper application which is just brilliant, to say the least. Each and every wallpaper is beautifully crafted and is of high quality.

There are quite a few live wallpapers to choose from and we assure you that you’d definitely find a wallpaper that intrigues you. The Zero Live Wallpaper app is regularly updated and new live wallpapers are added to the collection every now and then.

Download: Zero Live Wallpaper

Rainpaper

Rainpaper is the coolest live wallpaper application to have ever made it’s way over to the Google Play Store. The application allows you to create a live wallpaper using your own images or by various sources on the internet.

The app then adds some raindrop effects to the image which look stunning when set as a wallpaper. The final result after you customize the image will definitely bring you back to this app.

Download: Rainpaper

Holo Droid

If you aren’t a big fan of minimal live wallpapers or the usual image based live wallpaper and want something geekier, then there’s no better application that the Holo Droid live wallpaper app for Android.

The application displays the stats of the device in a geeky yet clean layout while the center of the live wallpaper has a cool 3D compass that moves around as you move the device. You could see the battery temperature, used RAM, battery percentage, CPU type and a ton of more information directly with the wallpaper.

Download: Holo Droid

Hypno Clock Live Wallpaper

Customization is the major selling point for this app. You will be given a base design of gears to work it and an extensive color and theme palette to make this wallpaper your own. Hypno wallpapers make for an interesting app with the level of attention it demands.

Unlike many other wallpapers, you’ll need to give this app some time to get the right look and feel. Is it worth investing time to get a colorful bunch of gears? You can choose to set the stock wallpaper and decide how you feel about it. This app has a way of getting you really involved and the end result is truly satisfying.

Download: Hypno Clock Live Wallpaper

3D Aquarium Live Wallpaper HD

3D Aquarium is an undeniably beautiful experience as a live wallpaper. The screen transitions by using the wallpaper as a 360-degree image. This wallpaper has been designed to add that extra dimension with every swipe.

Another great underwater experience in the form of live wallpapers, this app has rich visuals though it would have been even more insane of the fishes respond to touch as well, unfortunately, you will have to settle for just the 3D experience for now.

Download: 3D Aquarium

Snowfall Live Wallpaper

This live wallpaper app will create the desired snowfall effect you’re hoping for, but keep in mind that it takes a few tries before you will get it right. The end result though is something truly worth it.

You will be able to decide and customize everything from the size of the snowflake to the frequency of storms. This app lets you set up everything and you will enjoy the responsiveness the wallpaper as well.

DownloadSnowfall Live Wallpaper


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