Best wallpaper apps for iPhone and iPad

When you pick up your iPhone or iPad, the first thing that you're going to see on the screen once it wakes up is the wallpaper. This is also the first thing that people will notice about your device if they take a look at it. That's why you want your wallpaper to be high quality, and something that sets your device apart from all others. Sure, you could go and just do a Google image search of your favorite anything and slap it on your device as your wallpaper, but there are some great apps out there for top-notch wallpapers. Here are some of the best ones we've found.

Vellum Wallpapers

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Vellum is one of the best options out there if you want an app that's packed to the brim with gorgeous, high definition wallpapers of the highest quality.

Vellum features hundreds of stunning images from artists and designers in various curated collections that are neatly organized. They have descriptions that explain why they've chosen these images to go in these specific collections, and there's a huge variety of options to choose from. No matter what you're into, you're sure to be impressed by what Vellum and their chosen designers have to offer.

There is also a built-in blurring tool in Vellum, so you can turn any image you like into a custom, blurred gradient that would look fantastic on the home screen. There is also a new Daily Wallpaper that is featured every day, and only for that day, so you should check back often to see what they have.

If you opt for Vellum Premium, you'll get rid of the ads and also gain access to the past four weeks' worth of Daily Wallpapers. Premium costs $1.99 and is a one-time in-app purchase.

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If you love having a variety of beautiful and high-quality 4K, HD, and Retina wallpapers, then Everpix is worth a download.

Everpix has a collection of thousands of HD wallpapers for every occasion and interest. You can browse through the entire collection by category or theme, and a tap lets you see how the wallpaper looks as your lock or home screen (with timestamps or app icons). New wallpapers are added every day to the Everpix collection, so you're sure to find something that you'll love in this app. Plus, it's easy to lose yourself for hours searching for some cool wallpapers!

There are occasional ads in the free version. You can upgrade to a Premium subscription that starts at $1.99 a week, or you can just go for the Pro version of the app, which is a one-time cost of $4.99.


If you're more into scientific images, then WLPPR is the app you want.

With WLPPR, you'll find a gorgeous collection of high-quality imagery of our planet and what lies beyond. WLPPR collects satellite imagery from several sources to ensure that you get the variety you deserve, and WLPPR is also super informative. Every image has relevant information about the location or object, and you get links back to the original scientific sources.

WLPPR is free to download, but some of the collections are only available through in-app purchase, which are $0.99 a pop. You can unlock all collections for $3.99.

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When you want a wallpaper app that's fast and simple to use, you want has a no-frills interface that's easy to navigate. The main screen displays all of the wallpapers, from newest to oldest, and you can scroll infinitely. But if you want to refine your wallpaper search, just pull out the sidebar, and you can select from a huge selection of categories, or you can even search for a theme or interest.

As you view individual wallpaper images, you can see how they look as the lock or home screen with a few taps, and if you're satisfied, just save it to your Camera Roll or share it with others. You can also favorite items to view later. is fast to navigate through and it's free to view and download all wallpapers. There are occasional ads, but you can remove them through a $3.99 in-app purchase if they bother you.

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Looking for cool and unique images from artists to use as your wallpaper? Then Walli is one to check out.

Walli bills itself as the "creative wallpapers" app, where top artists share their images and earn money while being discovered by users. Everything you find in Walli won't be replicated on other wallpaper apps or sites, so this is the way to go if you truly want your phone wallpaper to stand out among the crowds.

The editors at Walli handpick the artists that they want to feature in Walli, so these are all authentic and cherry picked. Every artist gets their own profile page as well, so you can see all of their available artwork, and even follow them on social media.

There are a lot of wallpapers that come with the free initial download of Walli. However, there are more wallpaper collection packs from artists that you can gain access to through $1.99 in-app purchases per pack.

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When you want a plethora of wallpapers for pretty much anything you can think of, then Zedge should be your go-to.

Zedge features thousands of high-quality HD images that are optimized for your iOS screens. You can browse through the multitude of categories and themes or even search for something specific. Zedge's collection features inspiration, landscapes, space, nature, anime, cartoons and comics, movies, music, and whatever else you can think of.

As you find something that you like, just tap on it to view it and see how it looks as a lock or home screen with the timestamp and icons, respectively. If you like it, just save it to your device with a tap.

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Make your iOS device stand out above the rest

One of my favorite things when checking out other people's devices in person or through their home screens is what they use as their wallpaper. In fact, I change my wallpapers pretty frequently as well, and I love having a variety of options available to me when it comes to finding awesome wallpapers.

These are some of the best options out there on the App Store, and you're sure to find something you love from these choices. What are you currently using as your wallpaper? Where do you get your awesome wallpapers from? Let us know in the comments!

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

  • Thank you for this article! I like to switch up my wallpapers often also so I am always looking for good wallpaper apps!
  • Some of these are good. Vellum is pretty limited. Not that many. My two favorites are OGQ Backgrounds and Clarity Wallpaper. They both offer a lot more than just wallpapers.
  • Zedge is sketchy, at best. It will create blank photo albums on your phone. I had almost 100 created but reviews on the app have instances of up to 2000! Additionally, a lot of wallpapers cost credits to download. You either have to buy those or watch ads to get them. Of course you can just take a screenshot and crop it but why go through the trouble. Just avoid Zedge. It's not worth it.
  • I use Atlas Wallpaper for iOS. Basically, you can add colors to any map. I think it's a free-mium app that is $1.99.