One of the strong points of Android is that it is a highly customizable mobile operating system like no other. It offers so many customization options that users can change many of those settings without any rooting required.

One simple way to customize any Android smartphone or tablet is by using a live wallpaper. Some devices come pre-built with live wallpapers, where the user can select one of his or her choice. Even if your Android device doesn’t come with any live wallpaper, you can download them from the Google Play Store, as there are plethora of such wallpapers available for free. Let’s learn how to add a live wallpaper to your Android device in this tutorial.

How to use a live wallpaper on Android

Adding a live wallpaper isn’t the same on every device, as many manufacturers include their own interface and their own way to use a live wallpaper. For example; Samsung devices have a TouchWiz UI, while HTC comes with HTC Sense UI. Let’s take a look at two ways to add a live wallpaper which will work for almost all Android devices out there.

Tap on an empty space on the homescreen and hold it for some time. You’ll now be able to see a popup menu from where you can select “Live wallpapers.”

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In the next screen, you’ll be able to see all the installed live wallpapers. Go ahead and select the wallpaper of your choice to see a live preview of it.

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If you like a wallpaper then tap on “Set wallpaper” or else, press Back and then select a new one. Some wallpapers have options for customization where you can change some settings for the live wallpaper, however, not all come with such options.

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Yet another way to set a live wallpaper is by going to Settings app > Display > Wallpaper > Live Wallpaper which will again open the same live wallpaper screen on your device.

You can always install more live wallpapers by searching for “Live wallpaper” on the Google Play Store. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 come with many live wallpapers pre-installed, but it really depends on the manufacturer whether they want to bundle it or not.

So that’s how you can set a live wallpaper on your Android smartphone or tablet. Go ahead, try it out!