There’s been a growing interest in live wallpapers, as the catchy graphics draw admirers worldwide. These animated wallpapers have emerged as one of the best personalization options for desktop owners. While they can be incredibly cool to look at, they have some drawbacks, such as their demand for extra processing power and the tendency to drain laptop batteries (if unplugged). Regardless, they are quickly becoming a favorite among gamers, PC enthusiasts, and pretty much anyone looking to snazzy up their desktop screen.
What is a Live Wallpaper?
A Live Wallpaper is an animated, dynamic background that features constantly changing screens to keep your desktop interesting. Rather than a static image, these wallpapers feature a moving image or a 2D / 3D scene as the desktop background. They are also known as animated or dynamic backgrounds.
The key distinction between Live Wallpapers and standard desktop wallpapers is that live wallpapers include animated features, whereas “normal” wallpaper are static images.
Additionally, live wallpapers keep the operating system’s user interface active at all times, fulfilling the same job as a screensaver.
Requirements for a Live Wallpaper
There are different Live Wallpaper software available today, and each has its own system requirements. Some of the generally recommended minimum hardware requirements for live wallpaper software includes;
- 2 GB RAM
- HD Graphics 4000 or above
- 500MB to 2GB free internal memory
- Windows 10 OS and above
- Intel Core i5 CPU processor
Where to find Live Wallpapers
There are plenty of different options for finding and installing live wallpaper software. Some are free and can be used immediately, while others may require payment or a subscription fee to use. Let’s look at some free and paid live wallpaper software options.
Free Live Wallpaper Software
- Desktop Live Wallpapers : The Desktop Live Wallpaper app is available on the Microsoft Store. You can apply any video file on your PC as a live wallpaper using the software. However, keep in mind that live wallpaper can only be created with Windows Media Viewer (WMV) video files with this particular solution. You’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version if you’d like to use other video formats. However, you can convert video files to WMV by using a free online converter.
- Rainmeter: Rainmeter is one of the most popular software for creating a dynamic desktop wallpaper today. It’s very easy to find a custom Rainmeter skin online, once found, downloading and double-clicking the file is all it takes to install it.
- PUSH Video Wallpaper: You can set videos as your desktop background with this software. Windows Vista Ultimate Dreamscene video wallpapers are supported by PUSH video wallpaper. It’s also fairly straightforward to find free collections of them on the internet.
- (VLC Media Player:) The free VLC media player is one of the lesser-known methods to set up a live wallpaper in Windows. All you have to do is; open the player and play the video. Then, from the menu, choose Video and then Set as Wallpaper. Keep in mind that the video won’t loop. As a result, VLC is a quick way for setting a live wallpaper from a long animated scene or a movie.
Paid Live Wallpaper Software
- Wallpaper Engine: Wallpaper Engine is a wonderful choice if you want complete control over the appearance of your live desktop wallpapers. This software allows you to choose from an existing live wallpaper collection or you can use the Wallpaper Engine Editor to animate your own photos and create your own live wallpapers. It costs $3.99 to install the app.
- Plastuer: Plastuer is another interesting live wallpaper software. You can utilize an animated GIF, movie, or even web pages as your live wallpaper with this animated background program. Because Plastuer is based on the Chromium open-source browser, it supports sophisticated technologies such as WebGL and Canvas. The app costs $5 to install.
- DeskScapes 11 Beta: Stardock’s DeskScapes is one of the more user-friendly animated desktop apps. Although there are no editing options, the number of desktop wallpapers available is impressive. You can purchase this software for $4.99.
Download Live Wallpapers
The following is a list of sites we recommend for finding and downloading live wallpapers:
- MyLiveWallpapers.com: With about 14 live wallpaper categories to choose from, including anime, fantasy, and Sci-Fi, you should find some very cool live wallpapers to personalize your desktop.
- Videvo: Videvo has a large collection of free and paid wallpaper stock video footage. The video loops come in various file types, so make sure your live wallpaper software can play those file types.
- Pixabay: Pixabay has a large selection of free stock video footage and clips, including HD and 4K.
- Dreamscene.org: Dreamscene is quite an old site, but it has a plethora of video loops and motion backgrounds (HD.wmv format) that you can use, and they are free for private and non-commercial use.
- DeviantArt: DeviantArt has a good collection of live wallpapers. You will need to login (for free) to preview and download them.
Should you get a Live Wallpaper?
Live Wallpapers are undoubtedly cool and fun to look at but don’t underestimate the fact that they could slow down your computer. If you’ve got a high-performance computer, then you shouldn’t have any problem, but if your computer is already struggling, then you may want to wait until you upgrade your PC.
Performance aside, Live Wallpapers can really spice up your desk and office atmosphere. Some PC enthusiasts have even combined Live Wallpaper with RGB lights within their computer rig for a fully immersive experience.
Have you installed a Live Wallpaper? Let us know in the comments!
CJ is a lifelong gamer and computer enthusiast, and he enjoys getting the most out of his hardware, peripherals, and games. Research is just a part of the process, and CJ loves to share what he learns. More recently, CJ has fallen in love with the world of blockchain and decentralized finance.