With the introduction of macOS Mojave came dynamic wallpaper. Instead of a static image, dynamic wallpapers change throughout the day, with many of them reflecting the time of day. Who needs a clock when you can see the angle of the sun on your desktop? Unfortunately, macOS doesn’t ship with a bunch of dynamic wallpapers. Instead, you get two, and only one of them actually uses photos. The other one just shows different color gradients to reflect the time of day. Fret not, as this list includes some of the best websites where you can download dynamic wallpapers for Mac.
1. 24 Hour Wallpaper (by Jetson Creative)
This one is both a macOS app and a website. Don’t let the website and app confuse you – they both offer the same wallpapers under slightly different names.
On the 24 Hour Wallpaper app, $9.99 will get you 83 dynamic 24-hour wallpapers, each of which comes with 28 to 36 images. If you want to skip the app, you can head to the Jetson Creative website and pick from 32 wallpapers that come with 16 images each at 5K resolution. Priced at $1.29 each, you can securely pay with AutoPay or pick up all of the 32 desktops at the current sale price of $14.99.
Some of the outstanding options include Joshua Tree, Malibu, Glacier National Park, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo and more. Many of the images are available as fixed camera angles providing a measure of control so that you can choose if you want a day or night scene. Whether you choose the app or website, you will find a fantastic choice of dynamic wallpapers available for download.
If you’ve spent any time searching for dynamic wallpapers, Dynwalls may be one of the first you stumbled across. The site has six free dynamic wallpapers to use, ranging from space-based imagery to cities on Earth.
The creator of the site has a Patreon account that they say will allow them to create more wallpapers. If you like what you see on the site, you should consider contributing.
3. Dynamic Wallpaper Club
Dynamic Wallpaper Club is a unique twist on dynamic wallpapers. As these images are user uploaded, you can expect the artist’s unique twist on all images.
You’ll need to do some digging around the gallery, but you have a wide array of choices ranging from real-world photography to artist renditions of video games, cityscapes, animals and more. There is a good chance that of all the dynamic wallpaper websites on this list, Dynamic Wallpaper Club has the most unique choices if you are looking for something outside of the usual selections.
With just two images available to download, GenoApps is definitely not the strongest source on this list. However, if space shots of earth are exactly what you are looking for, you won’t find anything better.
With two satellite views of earth, both sets of wallpapers are based on American Pacific timing so trying to use this anywhere else in the world might be disappointing. That said, if you must have a beautiful image of planet Earth, both of the available images are more than satisfying.
The final site on this list only has one wallpaper available, but fortunately, it’s a very good one. This comes from a series of articles describing how Apple’s dynamic wallpapers work.
This wallpaper shows a single view of the Earth, beginning in darkness, passing through light, and returning to dark. Yes, it’s another view of the earth from space, but it’s stunning enough that it’s definitely worth adding to your collection.
Create Your Own Dynamic Wallpaper
The above websites will give you plenty of dynamic wallpapers to download, but what if they aren’t for you? If that’s the case, it’s surprisingly easy to make your own. All you need is an app called Dynaper.
The app lets you drag and drop images to create wallpapers in the HEIC format that Apple uses for dynamic wallpaper. It will use either dates and times from the filenames or in the photos EXIF data to automatically suggest which images should map to which times of the day.
You don’t have to pay a dime for the app, but it will add a watermark unless you purchase it. The price to remove the watermark is $12, but you can easily use the free version to create wallpapers until you have something you’re sure you’ll be happy with.
For anyone who loves to change out their wallpapers and keep things fresh, dynamic wallpapers for Mac add a new level of desktop personalization. If, however, you prefer animated wallpaper instead, try this method to set an animated GIF as wallpaper on a Mac.