How to Set a GIF as Your Background Wallpaper on Android

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use a GIF as your background wallpaper on Android phones and tablets. This is a brand new change to your phone and background perpetual motion.

Since iPhone can set live photos as wallpaper, we’ve seen more questions about it recently. Similarly, Google’s Pixel 2 backgrounds change very little, which is pretty neat.

You’ve probably seen a GIF or two almost every time you’re online. These looping clips are a big part of our lives in 2018. So if you have a favorite GIF, why not add it to your home screen? With just a few apps, you can set almost any GIF or MP4 file as your home screen wallpaper using our instructions below.

Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that if you have a GIF for your wallpaper, you may experience a decrease in battery life. This is because your phone is working hard to show this 24/7 instead of a plain static image like we normally use. If that’s okay, here’s how to get started.


There are several different apps that can turn any GIF or MP4 file into wallpaper, but I found “GIF Live Wallpaper” to be one of the best options. It’s so simple, we’ve even included the tutorial videos above to help you complete this task on your phone.

Now your GIF will spin nonstop on the home screen of your smartphone or tablet. This is similar to the “live wallpaper” options available on any Android device, but now you can choose exactly which GIF to use. It gives owners the freedom to add anything and everything to their phone.

So find a neat GIF of Matrix letters, PAC-MAN bouncing on your screen, or anything you can imagine (or Google) and use it for a wallpaper. If you want to do the same with videos, try this: Video Live Wallpaper app.

Before you go, check out this list of the best free ringtone apps for Android or this massive list of the 100 best Android apps for 2018.

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