Live photos are a great way to capture truly heartfelt moments, and you can even set them as wallpaper on your iPhone. While live photos make an amazing interactive wallpaper, it’s no wonder not all photos look so good. This is why there are live wallpaper apps on the App Store and these are some of the best live wallpaper apps for iPhone to deliver beautiful and crisp live wallpapers. Let’s start.
How to set Live Photo as Live Wallpaper?
Before we move on to the apps, let’s discuss the native way to set live photos as wallpaper. Open the Photos app and find a live photo in the album. You should see a Live Photo indicator in the upper left corner of the photo.
To use this photo as your wallpaper, tap the share button in the lower left corner. Choose “Use as wallpaper” from the Share sheet.
Make sure Live Photo button is lit and then tap the Set button to set wallpaper on lock screen. Once the wallpaper is set, you can touch and hold the lock screen to see the wallpaper come to life. You can use the same method to set any Live Photo or GIF as Live Wallpaper.
Live Wallpaper apps for iPhone
Kappboom is a one-stop shop where you can find wallpapers for your iPhone in precise details. You can find wallpapers that fit perfectly on your iPhone screen, whether you use an iPhone Xr or an iPhone 12 mini. While the app has a catalog of around 200,000 wallpapers, the number of live wallpapers is limited. There are about 40 high-quality wallpapers to choose from. You can find live wallpapers of cityscapes, timelapse monuments, auroras, and abstract objects doing their own thing.
Although I appreciate the quality of the wallpapers, I would have preferred a category option to browse the live wallpaper catalog. Either way, the app is free to download and you can pay for a subscription if you want to use the app for purposes other than live wallpapers.
Number of live wallpapers: 40+
Get Kappboom (free in-app purchases)
2. Live Wallpaper Maker
Live Wallpaper Maker is another excellent app that offers a unique catalog of live wallpapers for your iPhone. The app has neatly organized categories on the left panel where you can search for your preferred type of Live Wallpapers. Categories include Sports, Abstract, Cars, Nature, Space, Animals, Urban, Vacation, etc.
Not only Live Wallpapers, you also have the option to create your own Live Wallpapers from existing videos on your iPhone. Just select a video, trim it and save it as Live Wallpaper. Another quirky feature worth mentioning about this app, ASMR. You have access to interactive screens that simulate real-life textures, such as slime, confetti, glitter, etc. The app comes with a subscription, but you can try some wallpapers in the trial period before sinking your feet.
Number of live wallpapers: 100+
Get Live Wallpaper Maker (free in-app purchases)
3. Zedge Wallpapers
Zedge has been around for over a decade and has always offered the best quality wallpapers and ringtones. The app has icon packs and ringtone maker along with lots of live wallpapers. There are no categories to narrow down the results, but you can search for them. The best part about Zedge is that they have verified creators to select from the list of wallpapers, which greatly increases the number of wallpapers you can find here.
From the abstract to the surreal, you can find all kinds of live wallpapers. Although the app is free, the live wallpapers are not. Each Live Wallpaper costs 10 Zedge Credits that you can buy in bulk with in-app purchase or watch an ad to win some.
Number of live wallpapers: more than 500
Get Zedge Wallpapers (free in-app purchases)
4. Edge Lighting Live Wallpapers
I’m a big fan of the Edge lighting that you find on Samsung smartphones and I wanted something similar. Edge Lighting Live Wallpaper does exactly that, it allows you to create a Live Wallpaper that simulates an Edge lighting effect when you press and hold the lock screen.
You can choose from existing presets or create your custom live wallpaper with four different colors, variable speed, and adjustable rounded corners. Once you are satisfied with the preview, you can save the live wallpaper in the Photos app and set it as your wallpaper. The app is free to download, but you’d have to pay $ 5.49 to unlock the ability to save the live wallpaper in your Photos app.
Number of live wallpapers: 1 (multiple variations)
Get Edge lighting live wallpapers (free in-app purchases)
5. Gravity fluid slime simulator
This next app is more of an interactive simulator where you can play with different types of slimes, fluid colors, and round objects. There are a total of 15 different simulators that you can play with and create live wallpapers. For example, if you choose Slime, you can start recording a short clip and save it as a Live Photo in your Photos app.
Gravity Fluid Slime Simulator is a free app, but if you want to create Live Wallpaper, you will have to get a subscription for $ 4.99 / month.
Number of live wallpapers: 15 (multiple variations)
Get Gravity fluid slime simulator (free in-app purchases)
6. Black – Live Wallpapers
As the name suggests, Black offers high-quality live wallpapers that are based on the dark theme. It has around 30 different live wallpapers and some of them are exclusive to Apple iPhone. For example, every iPhone has a different set of live wallpapers that you can’t get on every iPhone, like the iPhone 12 Pro would have different live wallpapers than the iPhone 11. Not to mention that each and every Live wallpapers are carefully designed and look amazing on iPhone 12 OLED screen.
Black is a paid app that costs only $ 1, but if you want to try some free wallpapers, you can check Black lite.
Number of live wallpapers: 30+
Get Black ($ 1)
7. Live Wallpapers for iPhone
This app is one of my favorites because it has a simple interface that focuses on browsing and finding high-quality wallpapers, it’s completely free, and has detailed categorizations. It also has a huge library of wallpapers that look great.
Rather than mindlessly scrolling through, you can simply tap on a tag or search for a relevant tag and narrow your results. It goes without saying that you can find a live wallpaper of your choice, no matter how niche it is. Also, the app is completely free and has only ads.
Number of live wallpapers: 1000+
Get Live wallpapers for iPhone (free)
8. Paper – Live Wallpapers
Paper boasts of an exquisite library of UHD live wallpapers for your iPhone. With over 4000 live wallpapers at your disposal, it’s easy to get confused, but you can easily find the perfect wallpaper by going through each category. It has nature, abstract, anime, animals, game, couple, cinema, simplicity and others.
The wallpaper library keeps updating which means you will get new stock every day. The app is free, but some of the wallpapers are locked behind a paywall that you can unlock for $ 8.49 / year.
Number of wallpapers: 4000+
Get Paper (free in-app purchases)
9. Central Wallpapers
I have been a fan of Wallpapers Central for a while now because they are the only ones providing exclusive Apple wallpapers for everyone. Whether you are looking for iOS 14 wallpapers or iPhone SE wallpapers, you can always find them in Wallpapers Central. Live wallpapers are no exception and the app has each and every live wallpaper from every iPhone released with a set of live wallpapers. Includes Magsafe animations, exclusive wallpapers and many originals.
Wallpapers Central offers Live Wallpapers to Pro users and you can get the Pro subscription for $ 4.49 for 3 months or $ 14.99 for life.
Number of wallpapers: 100+
Get Central wallpapers (free in-app purchases)
Alive is a Live Wallpaper application that offers a carefully selected collection of wallpapers chosen by the editorial team. You can find amazing wallpapers in 12 different categories such as entertainment, animals, motorsport, style, flags, cities, etc.
Along with the existing collection, you can create your own live wallpapers in the application. It has two sections: one where you can create Live Wallpapers from your own videos and the other where you can create Live Wallpapers from existing templates. There are over 200 templates to choose from and new content is added every day. Alive is free with limited features, but you can unlock it all by paying a subscription of $ 3.49 / week.
Number of live wallpapers: 250+ (200+ additional templates)
Get Live (free in-app purchases)
What’s your favorite live wallpaper app for iPhone?
These were some of the Live Wallpaper applications for iPhone that offer great quality content and do not overlap each other too much. Applications like Wallpapers Central is ideal for exclusive Apple wallpapers, Alive is for creating your own wallpapers from existing templates, Live Wallpapers has a huge library, etc. So which app did you like the most? Let me know on Twitter.