Android devices have many different home screens. The problem is, when you choose an image as the background wallpaper, it spans across all the screens or just repeats. While that may be fine, sometimes you want to see something different. Here we will show you how to add a different wallpaper to each Android home screen, with Multipicture Live Wallpaper.
What Does Multipicture Live Wallpaper Do?
Multipicture Live Wallpaper splits up all of your home screens so that the wallpaper and/or background can be chosen for each screen independently from the other screens. Despite the name, you cannot have different live wallpapers on each screen – just static images. If you prefer live wallpapers, consider these live weather wallpapers.
Adding an Image to an Android Home Screen
Multipicture Live Wallpaper is a live wallpaper, so you will need to set it as your wallpaper just as you would any other live wallpaper on Android. Once you’ve installed the app, follow these steps:
- Open “Settings” (on your device, not the app) and select “Wallpaper & theme.” You can also long press on an empty area of your screen and select “Wallpaper & theme” when it appears at the bottom.
- Scroll down until you see Live “wallpapers.”
- Select “MultiPicture Live Wallpaper” to be taken directly to MultiPicture Live Wallpaper to set everything up.
- Allow MultiPicture Live Wallpaper to access your files and media.
By default, the app will start showing images from your Gallery. Tap an image, then tap “Settings,” which will appear at the bottom. Don’t tap “Apply.”
Since the app is a live wallpaper app, it wants you to select a folder as the source of the images. This will just change your Android home screen wallpaper to a slideshow. To show a different wallpaper on each Android home screen, you have to assign each page individually.
- Under “Screen Settings,” select “Add individual settings.”
- Leave the setting at “1” to adjust your first home screen and tap “OK.”
- Tap “Screen 1 Settings.”
- Tap “Picture source.” You can also adjust the background color (if an image doesn’t fit the screen fully), crop/resize an image, and more.
- Select “Single Picture,” otherwise, you’ll just get a slideshow.
- Select your desired image.
- Tap your back button/icon to return to the settings page.
- Repeat the process for each Android home screen. Remember to change the number to your home screen’s number. For instance, if you’re changing the second page, choose “2” and then select “Screen 2 Settings.”
If you don’t want your lock screen to change or you want to use a different image for it, tap “Use lock screen settings.” When you check this box, you’ll get a new setting called “Lock screen settings.” Tap this to select an image for your lock screen.
Once done, use your back button/icon to return to the MultiPicture Live Wallpaper home screen. If you exit the app by accident, go back into “Wallpapers & Themes” and open it from there.
When you back out, you’ll see a black screen. Wait for your first screen image to load. Tap the screen, then “Apply.”
Tap “Set” and select “Lock Screen” to use the app to control your wallpapers.
Things to Consider
Even if your Android home screen wallpapers aren’t switching in and out like a live wallpaper, this is still a live wallpaper app. This means it will use your resources just as heavily.
If you have an entry-level device, older device, or one that already uses battery quickly, this app will drain your device much more quickly. Even with higher-end devices, you will notice the battery draining more quickly.
Create Your Own Multi-Screen Wallpaper
There is an alternative to using a live wallpaper app; however, you’ll need to be a little creative. In this case, you’ll be creating your very own wallpaper that spans across multiple screens. Typically, this only spans across two to three screens at most.
To make this work, you’ll need to use an image-editing tool to merge two or more wallpapers together into one. While you can use any editor you want, Canva is simple and free. I’d recommend doing this in a browser, as it’s easier to manipulate the images.
Once on Canva’s site, select “Play with Canva.”
You can then select any images from the “Photos” section in the left pane or upload your own using the “Uploads” option. This allows you to pick images you’ve downloaded to your phone or computer. Start with a single image and size it so that it only takes up half of the editing space in the right pane. Repeat the process to add a second image.
It should look something like this when you’re done.
Select “Download” at the top right and select it a second time to accept the default options. You don’t need an email address to download anything, despite the message box that appears.
If you did this on your computer, transfer the image to your Android phone. Then, when you select the image to set as your background, ensure you select the option to span across multiple screens. Align the image the way you want and set it as your wallpaper.
It may take some trial and error to get the perfect sizing, but this will prevent your battery from dying faster. For instance, you may want to leave some white space on the outer sides of your images to show more of them on your screen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I just getting a black screen for my wallpapers?
Make sure your first screen wallpaper loads fully in MultiPicture Live Wallpaper before you tap “Apply.” If the screen is still black, your screen will either be black or just a single image across all screens.
Why isn't MultiPicture Live Wallpaper working on my device?
MultiPicture Live Wallpaper is an older app (last updated in 2013). However, it’s still one of the best free options available to do this. It works on most devices, including those running Android 12. However, there is a note in the app description that it may not work at all on Galaxy devices.
While there is a premium version with additional features, try the free one first to ensure it works on your device. Some Galaxy users have reported the free version worked, but the premium didn’t.
Why are my images cycling versus staying static?
The most common reason this happens is that you may have changed something in the “Common Settings” within MultiPicture Live Wallpaper. If you choose a folder or set of images in Common Settings, this can override individual screen settings. Leave these settings completely alone to avoid any issues.
Are there other ways to customize my Android home screen?
There are multiple ways to customize your Android home screen. For instance, you could set a different home screen as your default, change the layout (including removing app shortcuts), or add a newsfeed page.
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