Live wallpapers. Remember them? They used to be something of a fashion statement for Android aficionados and one of the features that distinguished Android from its rival, the iPhone. And while live wallpapers on Android may not be quite the technical marvel they once were, now’s a better time than ever to try them, seeing as phone screens cram in more colors and pixels than ever. Here we show you how to set a live wallpaper on Android.
Getting live wallpaper
First of all, to set a live wallpaper, you’ll need to get your hands on one.
There’s also Hypno Clock Live Wallpaper, which tells you the time in a beautiful abstraction of the inside of a clock.
Once you’ve downloaded your live wallpaper of choice, go to “Settings -> Display -> Advanced -> Wallpaper -> Live Wallpapers.”
Here you’ll find all the live wallpapers you’ve downloaded. Just tap the one you want to open, then tap “Set wallpaper.”
How to Make a Video a Live Wallpaper
These ready-made live wallpapers are all well and good, but what if you want to turn one of your own videos into a live wallpaper?
Some phones actually let you turn videos into live wallpapers from the off. On Samsung S phones, just go to Gallery, select the video file you want as your wallpaper, then tap the menu icon at the top right and “Set as wallpaper.” You can then trim the video loop using the “Edit” button.
Xiaomi phones also let you set video wallpapers by going to the “Themes app -> My Page -> Wallpapers -> My Live Wallpapers,” then clicking the “+” icon. Here you can select one of your videos to make it your wallpaper.
On most other devices, you’ll need to download a third-party app to set a video as a live wallpaper. A good option is Video Live Wallpaper.
Once you’ve installed the app, open it, add the video you want to use as a wallpaper, then change things like the length of the clip, audio on or off and, crucially, how you want it scaled. For vertically-oriented videos, select “Scale Fit.” For horizontal ones, select “Scale Fit with Crop.”
Once you’ve set everything up as you like, click the square icon at the top-right corner, then “Set wallpaper” to make it your background.
If you want to change your video wallpaper, you can either come back to the app or access it through the “Google Wallpapers app -> Live Wallpapers.”
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