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How to change the wallpaper on Android?

23 mayo, 2021

Something curious happened to me some time ago: an acquaintance who had been using Android for several years always had the same background on his mobile. I thought he liked the one that came by default but after asking for his mobile and teaching him a couple of tricks I discovered that what happened was that I didn’t really know how to change it.

For many it may seem obvious but the reality is that although it is a very simple action, not everyone knows how to change the wallpaper. Today we will teach you how to do it and see some oddities because not all mobiles and launchers do the same.

Change the background in three different ways

The quickest way to change the background on almost any Android is to leave finger pressed on home screen for a few seconds. Once this is done, a menu will appear with several options, among them we will see one that allows us to change the background. It can be an icon at the bottom or a floating window in the center.

The normal thing is that when selecting this option they appear a few default backgrounds for defects. These are the images that the system has already loaded but if we drag our finger or look closely, we will see that there is an option that allows us to select other types of images.


The next step is very clear: select the image that we want to put in the background. Depending on the launcher we have, the normal thing is that a new window appears where we can cut it to fit the size of the screen. Quiet, the cut will not be made to the original, it will only be for when you show it to us on the desktop or on the unlock screen.

Normally, the background can be configured to match the resolution of our mobile or to be wider so that it can scroll through the different panels that we have on our desktop. I personally like that it respects the width of the resolution and that it does not move with each page turn.


Another method to change the wallpaper We will find it in the Settings menu. Not all mobiles include this option but we can go to the Screen section and look for the corresponding option to put another image on our desktop or on the lock screen.

As always, it depends on the terminal we have because not all software layers work the same and the options are in different places. Finally, a universal option that works on all terminals is to use the Gallery application that comes with the mobile or the Photos app that we can download on Google Play.


If we are going to do it this way we just have to open the photo in question and look for the options menu. It can be three black dots or a virtual touch button. By clicking on it, we will see that among the options we have to change the wallpaper.

Click on it and cut the image to fit the screen size. Try to make it large so that it does not have to be stretched and it loses quality when we set it as a wallpaper.

Where do I download wallpapers?

In addition to the images that come by default on the mobile and the photos that we are taking with the camera or downloading from the internet, there are more and more applications and sites with mobile phone backgrounds. Doing a search on Google Play we can find a lot of options.

If you are looking for simple and abstract backgrounds, Wally has a very large catalog. We just have to download the application, open it and select the image that we like the most. It is a matter of seconds and has a catalog for all tastes.


Another option is the Facets app. Behind her is Depthcore, one of the world’s best-known designer groups. In their day they got together to perform together 365 wallpapers for mobile phones and tablets. They are ordered by theme and although it is a paid application, it has a high quality catalog that is well worth our money.

Finally we have the website Unsplash. It is not a site for backgrounds as such, but it is for free images that we can use and download without any problem. New photos are uploaded every so often and the quality and size make them perfect candidates to finish on the screen of our mobile.