An inspiring desktop background can perk up your work day and create a magnetic impression on others who glance at your screen. With the advent of 4K standards, we now have a treasure trove of inspiring visuals which will start your day on a positive note.
The following are some of the coolest 4K desktop backgrounds you can add to your Windows 10 desktop. While 4K does refer to 3840 x 2160, these wallpapers will accommodate any screen size easily. All the chosen links are either dynamic, interactive, or unique. They have been tested for viruses and other malware.
1. Light Particles
The best 4k Windows 10 wallpapers for me are those which really take advantage of all those thousands of pixels on-screen at once – so the finer the components of the image, the better it looks.
That’s why I love this screensaver – it’s granular, it’s got pop, but crucially it’s not noisy, with clean darkness around the edges of the screen ensuring that your desktop apps won’t get drowned out in the pretty colors.
Is it a beetle or some other kind of grub? It doesn’t really matter because either way this picture is utterly mesmerizing and a perfect way to utilize every pixel of that new 4K display you have. This image isn’t just about the high resolution – it’s the beautiful colors as well, which will particularly benefit lucky owners of IPS panels.
You’ll find this and other great works here.
3. Miami Windows
Maybe not as outright eye-popping as some of the other backgrounds here, but why does everything have to be so bright that it leaves permanent marks on your retinas? This super-smooth variation on the default Windows 10 background has a beautiful gradient from purple to pink, giving it that kind of sun-kissed Miami Vice feel.
You can find it at UHD Wallpapers.
4. Apple MacBook Pro 4K
Can you put a Mac background on Windows 10? Wallpaper Flare has the right collection of such screens for absolutely free. The resulting display is, frankly, gorgeous: prepare to be blown away by the pixelated graphics and rich colors. Apart from the 4K display, these screens are available for any standard laptop resolution, as a MacBook desktop, as a dual, triple, or quad monitor, or an Android or Surface tablet.
5. Astronaut Digital Wallpaper
What could be more surreal than watching an astronaut circumnavigate the earth? Wallpaper Flare has a free, fantastic collection of space art in 4K to give you an Interstellar-like background. The related HD wallpapers range from wormholes to martian colonies and the surface of the Moon.
6. Aquarium 4K Live Wallpaper
If you want a splendid aquarium on the screen with different kinds of fish bumping into one another, Microsoft Store has just the one for you. This relaxing 34 MB background isn’t free, but you can install it on up to ten Windows 10 devices, including PC, HoloLens, Surface Hub, and mobile devices.
You can also download Sim Aquarium 3 if you want a variety of fish displays with soothing sounds for free.
7. Lake Waterfalls
One of the most soothing PC backgrounds is of a waterfall pouring in feeding a natural pool. Wallpaper Up has a rich collection of such visuals, perfect for nature-lovers. The resolutions are actually much higher than 4K (up to 8K visuals are available), but the backdrop easily scales down to any screen size. All the images are absolutely free.
8. Desktop Live Wallpapers
Are you looking for a large selection of free animated wallpapers on your screen from an authorized site? Desktop Live Wallpapers from Microsoft Store offers multiple breathtaking scenes which will leave you mesmerized. The interactive display helps you select a customized 4K wallpaper for any occasion, launch a new wallpaper on startup, and load your personal video files.
9. League of Legends
Fans of this multiplayer online battle arena will now be treated to the most brilliant 4K multiple screens and vertical displays from the official game website. Consisting of more than 600 MB, the League Displays requires a full installation, healthy RAM (8 GB and more,) and quite a few setting adjustments.
But the wait is worth it because there is a huge collection of display sets and animated art, as well as online updates with every game release. This is an amazing collection which covers everything from animated art to cosmic displays and 4K screensavers.
The League of Legends fantasy comes alive to fill you with amazement due to the sheer variety of visuals.
Rainmeter is more than just a wallpaper display. It’s the ultimate live function desktop which gives you an interactive overview of your system health and resources right from the desktop screen. Whether it’s learning about your CPU and RAM usage or working with the calendar and individual folders, you can “feel” the wallpaper very personally. After a download, you can import many customized display skins which can scale to 4K resolution.
11. Mountains and Landscapes in 4K
For those looking for stunning 4K visuals of mountains and landscape scenery, you will be spoiled for choice at this link. All the pictures are drawn from actual mountain scenery and cover everything from snow-capped peaks to the reflections of the mountains in lakes.
This website indeed offers the largest 4K collection of scenic mountains to make your desktop come alive. These rich visuals will definitely soothe those of us who haven’t been able to go outdoors much since the onset of COVID-19 this year.
12. Storyblocks Animated Wallpapers
You may need a search engine for 4K wallpapers on a variety of abstract topics. Storyblocks gives you the option to choose such new ideas from an inspiring large collection, whether you want an abstract wavy transition on your desktop or DNA molecules, with many more choices available.
For one of the finest collections of inspiring artwork for Windows desktops, DeviantArt shouldn’t be ignored. Using a 4K tag for search, you get access to a range of professional key concepts created by actual artists. All these wallpapers come at a price but are unique, original, and unreplicated elsewhere online. This can be your own customized desktop signature.
Once you have downloaded the 4K resolution wallpapers, you may want to learn how to use animated and live wallpapers to suit every occasion. While some of the 4K video wallpapers we have featured can be used as screensavers, also consider this awesome collection of Windows 10 screensavers.
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