live android wallpapers

Are you tired of the same, static, boring wallpaper on your Android device? Live Android wallpapers can make your home screens on your Android device look alive and engaging. We’ll show you how to find and set up live wallpapers on your Android device and provide links to some fun and interesting live wallpapers on the Play Store.

Installing a Live Android Wallpaper

The Google Play store has a lot of live Android wallpapers available. We’re going to install one from the Play Store, so tap the Play Store icon on the home screen to open it.

NOTE: You can also search the web for live wallpapers. However, we found that most live wallpapers outside of the Play Store simply link back to the Play Store for installing them.

Open the Play Store

Tap the search box at the top of the Play Store screen.

Tap the Search box in the Play Store

Type “live wallpapers” (without the quotes) in the search box and tap the Search button on the keyboard.

NOTE: There are plenty of free live wallpapers on the Play Store, but they may have advertising or limitations.

Tap on the live wallpaper you want to install.

Search for live wallpapers in the Play Store

On the page for the selected live wallpaper, tap “Install“.

Tap Install on the life wallpaper page

Set a Live Wallpaper As Your Home & Lock Screen Wallpaper

Live Android wallpapers are different from other apps. You don’t run them like normal apps.

Go back to the home screen, tap and hold on it.

Long press on the Home screen

Then, tap “Wallpapers” at the bottom of the screen.

Tap Wallppaers

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see some images and a button on the left for picking an image. To pick the live wallpaper you installed, tap the “Live Wallpapers” tile.

Tap Live Wallpapers

You should see the live Android wallpaper you installed at the bottom of the screen. Tap on it.

Tap on the live wallpaper you want

You’ll see the live wallpaper for Android run. If there are settings for the selected live wallpaper, you’ll see a “Settings” button. The live wallpaper we chose has advertising in the settings and no actual worthwhile settings.

So we’re just going to finish setting the live wallpaper. Tap “Set as Wallpaper“.

Tap Set as Wallpaper

As of Android 7.0 Nougat, you can choose to apply the live wallpaper to just the “Home screen” or the “Home and lock screens“. Tap on your choice.

Tap Home and lock screen

The live wallpaper is set and you are returned to the home screen. Your wallpaper will now animate.

Here are some suggested live wallpapers you might enjoy.

Electric Screen Live Wallpaper

Electric Screen Live Wallpaper is beautiful colored lightning striking on your phone. When you touch anywhere on the screen, you will see a bolt of lightning spreading out under your finger and also hear crackling.

This live wallpaper is free but there are ads in the settings of the wallpaper, but not on the wallpaper itself.

Electric Screen Live Wallpaper

Neon Fish Live Wallpaper

Neon Fish Live Wallpaper is a free animated live wallpaper with neon fish, animated bubbles, and underwater sounds. There are seven types of animated tropical fish and a live water effect. This live wallpaper supports landscape orientation and looks good on both phones and tablets.

Neon Fish Live Wallpaper

Thunderstorm Free Wallpaper

Thunderstorm Free Wallpaper is a remarkable live wallpaper that simulates a thunderstorm with storm clouds, lightning, and rain with a fully animated background. This live wallpaper supports both landscape and portrait orientations, phones and tablets, and very little battery drain.

It also works with the Screen saver (Daydream) feature on devices running Android 4.2+.

The free version does not allow you to change settings. You can purchase the full version for $0.99 to access the settings for the live wallpaper.

Thunderstorm Free Wallpaper

Raindrops Live Wallpaper HD 8

Raindrops Live Wallpaper is like watching rain running down a window, your screen being the window. If you love watching the rain fall outside your window, you’ll love this live wallpaper.

It has been optimized to consume few resources and not drain your battery.

Raindrops Live Wallpaper HD 8

Ocean Waves Live Wallpaper 14

Ocean Waves Live Wallpaper 14 simulates giant blue ocean waves flowing back and forth on rocks, the waves splashing on your screen, and the ocean and horizon in the background.

Ocean Waves Live Wallpaper 14

HD Space Live Wallpaper

HD Space Live Wallpaper puts an animated 3D view of Earth from space, with HD cosmos backgrounds, interactive 3D asteroids flying across the screen that react to your touch, and gyroscopic scrolling.

This free live wallpaper supports both portrait and landscape orientations and looks great on both phones and tablets. It will sleep when your device is inactive, so this live wallpaper will not drain your battery.

HD Space Live Wallpaper

Northern Lights Live Wallpaper

Northern Lights Live Wallpaper puts the amazing view of the Aurora Borealis on your Android device. If you love the northern lights, but don’t live in an area where you can see them, you can add this live wallpaper to your device and view them at any time.

This live wallpaper shows a beautiful winter landscape background with a dynamic northern lights effect and animated 3D snowfall.

This free live wallpaper supports both portrait and landscape orientations and looks great on both phones and tablets. It will sleep when your device is inactive, so this live wallpaper will not drain your battery.

Northern Lights Live Wallpaper

Stalker Cat Wallpaper

Stalker Cat Wallpaper adds a sneaky cat to your Android device’s home screen. The black cat will pop up from random locations along the edges of your home screen. He gets smug if he thinks you haven’t detected him.

He has mesmerizing eyes in colors you can choose. His ears twitch and his eyes blink.

Stalker Cat Wallpaper

Cute Puppies Live Wallpaper

Cute Puppies Live Wallpaper is a set of 10 cute puppy and dog photos with live water and rain effects. Touching the screen sends ripples out from your finger. The live water effect simulates water drops falling on the water surface, waves on water, and water ripples.

This free live wallpaper supports both portrait and landscape orientations and looks great on both phones and tablets. It will sleep when your device is inactive, so this live wallpaper will not drain your battery.

Cute Puppies Live Wallpaper

Cat Live Wallpaper

Cat Live Wallpaper is a set of cute cat photos with the opportunity to set up your own custom photos. Touching the screen sends ripples out from your finger. The live water effect simulates water drops falling on the water surface, waves on water, and water ripples.

This free live wallpaper supports both portrait and landscape orientations and looks great on both phones and tablets. It will sleep when your device is inactive, so this live wallpaper will not drain your battery.

Cat Live Wallpaper

Dog Licker Live Wallpaper FREE

Dog Licker Live Wallpaper simulates a pug puppy licking your device’s screen.

Dog Licker Live Wallpaper FREE

Cat Licks Live Wallpaper Free

Cat Licks Live Wallpaper simulates an adorable orange cat licking your device’s screen.Cat Licks Live Wallpaper Free

What live wallpapers have you found that you like? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.