What are the best live wallpaper apps for iPhone or iPad?

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    ThemeBoss - Live Wallpapers is an app developed by Paul Pearson which features live wallpapers for home screens and lock screens. This app requires iOS 9.1 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Daniel Bryant
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "This app has pretty simple wallpaper for man like me who wouldn't really browse thru lots of wallpapers there is coz I'm too lazy to do that haha"
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    Personalize your smartphone with the wallpapers of Themeable. It allows you to set animated themes, live wallpapers and even make your own wallpapers from a video. The app is updated every day with new wallpapers.


    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Ethan Fernandez
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Themeable is simple to customize, and, overall, a good value for the price point. More features can also be unlocked if you write a real review of your experience with it, which I had mixed feelings about. Altogether, it seems to be fairly similar to other live wallpaper apps - I suppose it's slightly above average because it's a good buy and doesn't feature too many restrictions or hassles other than the potential caveat I already mentioned. "
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    ZEDGE is a customization app for Android and iOS devices. You can use this app for making your smartphone more personal by choosing icons, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, games and more.   

    Web, Android, iOS


    Russell Scott
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "My girlfriend is always asking me where I find my live wallpapers for my phone. The last time that she was over at my house I installed ZEDGE on her iPhone and she absolutely loved it!"


For iOS, live wallpapers are a type of animated wallpaper that appears as static images at first. The animations activate through a tap or a long press. Live wallpapers are only supported by late iPhone models starting from the iPhone 6. This is because live wallpapers need the 3D touchscreen feature to activate. Live wallpapers are also compatible with newer iPad models. Live wallpapers are often confused with dynamic wallpapers. While also animated, dynamic wallpapers act more like short video clips set to play on a loop.


Did you know that it was Microsoft Windows that first coined the term “wallpaper”? It pertains to a decorative background for the interface of the operating system. The term's usage adapts from the word’s original definition. In interior design, the wallpaper is for decorating actual walls. Later on, Windows changes the name to “desktop background” in newer releases. One of the most recognizable and most viewed photos of all time is a wallpaper. The wallpaper is Bliss by former National Geographic photographer, Charles O’Rear. The unedited image depicts a view of a green hill and a blue sky dotted with clouds. The photo's location is in Los Carneros American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County. Bliss was the default wallpaper in Windows XP. Its popularity can be partly attributed to the fact that Windows XP was the reigning OS for PCs. Back at the time when personal computers were becoming more popular.

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    #4Live Wallpapers by Themify

    Live Wallpapers by Themify

    Themify's live wallpapers will dress up your smartphone with high quality images. You can choose between more than 500 wallpapers of a large variety of styles. You have also different options for customization.




    Joyce Johnston
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "If you really like having animated or live wallpapers, check out Themify's Live Wallpapers app. You can bring your phone to life with the variety of moving or live wallpapers."
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    #5Live Wallpapers for Me

    Live Wallpapers for Me
    Live Wallpapers for Me offers you a large selection of high quality wallpapers: live, dynamic and full of color. Choose between its different categories and customize your screen. The app offers constantly new themes.



    Ryan Bennett
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "Live Wallpapers for Me is a great little apple for my iPhone and iPad. I love being able to select high definition wallpapers for backgrounds. Some of the dynamic wallpapers offered are so beautiful, colorful, and vivid. "
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    #6Live Wallpapers for iPhone HD

    Live Wallpapers for iPhone HD

    Live Wallpapers for iPhone HD is an app developed by Gladrap Studio which features live wallpaper collections, lock screen preview, and sharing options. This app requires iOS 9.3 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Barbara Lewis
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "I found here the fiery border live wallpaper and it's so pretty! I never found that live wallp from other apps so I'm keeping this."
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    #7Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers)

    Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers)
    This free app provides a unique and supreme collection of images for your screen. You can enjoy awesome contents with simple UI and great performance, and with daily updates.



    Amanda Mills
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Sometimes I think my phone background being changed is like an addiction, that's how much I change it. I like to feel a sense of freshness as I open my phone. The Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) app has been great for me. It has a large selection that I really like a lot."
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    #8Black Lite

    Black Lite

    Black Lite - Live Wallpapers is an app developed by Ronan Start which features animated live wallpapers of liquid-like elements on the middle against a black background. This app requires iOS 9.3 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.




    Diana Williamson
    Written on September 3, 2018
    "OMG this app is sooo lit! The interface is soooo much simple, just that wiggly-wiggly colourful gem at the middle when you touch it. It's so simple yet very very relaxing to look at."
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    #9The Themes - Theme maker for your iDevice

    The Themes - Theme maker for your iDevice

    The Themes - Theme maker for your iDevice is an app developed by Bern Hoani which allows users to create their own themes (home screen, lock screen, status bar, dock, wallpapers). This app requires iOS 8.0 or later.




    Kenneth Fowler
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "I gave this application a try and did not see anything that made it stands out of enough to be worth keeping. The features that they have do work, but there is nothing that tells me that it is a must have."
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    #10Pixel X

    Pixel X

    Pixel X is a free app for iOS 11 and higher devices that enables users to have a pixelated animated background displays. Users need to enable the 3D touch option on their devices first before being able to fully use the app.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    hana mirkova
    Written on February 2, 2019
    "fresh app wich support all new iphones ios 11 and ios 12 and the new ipad a lot of new stunning pixel and various live wallpapers it's paid but worth it just check it nd you will understand what i'm talking about if you need promocode just email me here hana.mirkova@gmail.com"


Best What are the best live wallpaper apps for iPhone or iPad
1ThemeBossApps 9 Paid
2ThemeableApps 9 Paid
3ZEDGE Apps 7 Free
4Live Wallpapers by ThemifyApps 6 Free
5Live Wallpapers for MeApps 6 Free
6Live Wallpapers for iPhone HDApps 5 Free
7Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers)Apps 3 Free
8Black LiteApps 3 Free
9The Themes - Theme maker for your iDeviceApps 1 Free
10Pixel XApps -1 Free

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