Android 101: How to change your scrollable or static wallpaper

Android 101: How to change your scrollable or static wallpaper
Not all of us are experts when it comes to Android, and when you're new to something, even the simplest of things might feel a bit more challenging than they rightfully should. Changing your wallpaper on your Android device – a thoroughly simple operation – might just be what some of us are in need of assistance with.

Instead of just reciting the steps to get what you're looking for (if you're in a hurry, skip to the slideshow below), perhaps it's a good time to learn a bit more about your device and what an Android "launcher" is. Basically, your launcher is the application that gives you your homescreen, your app drawer, and even your settings menu – from the way they function, down to the way those look. All major manufacturers have their own launchers on their devices (that is, they're different from the stock launcher provided with "stock" Android developed by Google – it's been modified), and that's why a Samsung device has a markedly different interface than an HTC one.

As you can imagine, launchers also dictate how wallpapers are handled. Some launchers, like the ones on the LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z3, allow you to not just change your wallpaper, but also make it scroll-able. In other words, the background image will move along as you swipe left or right through your home screens (the one you're introduced to when you unlock the device). It's a cool effect, but not all launchers support it – for example, you can't get a scrollable wallpaper on your HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5. If you really dig scrollable wallpapers, though, you can simply download a third-party launcher off the Google Play Store – a few very worthy examples can be found here.

That concludes our quick lesson on Android launchers. Still wanting to change that ol' wallpaper of yours? Head right into the gallery, then!

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3 Comments

1. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Changing your launcher just because you want scrollable wallpaper seems useless.

2. Rash182

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

So where is the information how to change the annoying scrolling wallpaper on Z3? Either use Wallpaper Wizardrii, or alternatively, you can set the 'live wallpaper' as photo slideshow, and just add one photo to the slideshow, which results in a fixed wallpaper of that picture. Cheers

3. balu25int

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

This is one of the reason why I hate S5 launcher when compared to S4 and Note 3. Now Lollipop update brings S5 launcher to both of the phones. Hope there is a fix. Funny, during 2011 only Samsung phones supported dynamic scrolling wallpapers on stock ROM. Now it's the opposite.

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