Live wallpapers have been making iPhone users envious while beautifying Android home screens since 2009. However, finding one that suits your taste is easier said than done. Sure, the Google Play store is full of live wallpapers, but the good ones usually carry a price tag, and paying for an app that only adds a dose of eye candy to your Android smartphone or tablet is something that not all users are fond of. That is why we decided to do some digging and find the best free live wallpapers you can get from the Play store. Moreover, the live wallpapers we have selected don't come loaded with adware, as some other free offerings do.
"But wait, don't live wallpapers suck more battery than the normal ones?"
Sure they do, but the difference is negligible, especially with newer handsets and tablets. As we stated in our recent article exposing 5 myths about smartphone battery life
, having a live wallpaper running accounts for about 2% of the device's battery usage, so no need to worry about running out of juice any quicker.
That said, don't hesitate to check out every single one of the live wallpapers we've put together in today's pick. As usual, in case we've missed a live wallpaper that should have been on the list, just let us know by dropping a comment.
10 free live wallpapers
10 free live wallpapers
This has to be the best virtual aquarium you can get on Android. Fish moves naturally, water effects look nice, and a double tap sprinkles food that your digital pets will gladly munch on. Just keep in mind that performance might be an issue on older or less-capable devices. Alternative pond images are available in the live wallpaper's paid version.
Out of the four live wallpapers belonging to the Maxelus Galaxy Tetralogy, Ice Galaxy has to be our favorite. It moves gently following your swipes and the cool color tones contribute to the nice relaxing effect that has been achieved. Three additional Galaxy wallpapers by the same developer are freely available at the Play store, and the premium Galaxy Pack contains 11 more.
And if you don't mind checking out another space-themed live wallpaper, here's Galactic Core. Again, it might run slowly on older smartphones, but if your handset is potent enough, the wallpaper should swirl just fine.
As the name suggests, this live wallpaper is a view of Earth from outer space. What makes it fancy is that the planet is illuminated by the Sun from one side, while city lights twinkle on the other. Alternative views of Earth, such as "postapocalyptic" and "futuristic", are available too.
Here is an abstract live wallpaper that looks pretty nice in both blue and pink. Additional colors are available in its full version.
Digital Flux promises to bring your home screen to life with its pulsating tiles of various colors. It features realistic shadows, lighting effects, and anti-aliasing in case your smartphone or tablet has the horsepower to handle it. Check out the live wallpaper's paid version for more colors and customization options.
How about some colorful light beams shooting from the bottom of your home screen and blending gently in the middle? That is exactly what you get with the Rays of light live wallpaper. A variety of textures are available for additional customization.
Season Zen is graphically-intensive live wallpaper that we totally recommend checking out. Just don't get too carried away by the pretty visuals and floating cherry blossoms.
Simple and relaxing, Mood ICS is a live wallpaper that breathes life into your handset without drawing too much attention. The free version comes with two color themes to choose from - pink and blue.
Last but not least, we have selected an abstract live wallpaper with pretty three-dimensional effects and catchy color combinations. Once you get bored from the textures that come for free, check out the premium version of Alien Shapes.