From the Nexus 9 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, changing the background of your Android device is one of the most straightforward and most effective ways of making your phone your own. Beyond the basics there are a handful of wallpaper-modifying tricks that you might not have yet stumbled across.
One of these is the option to change your phone or tablet’s wallpaper on a timed schedule: It means you don’t have to sort it out manually and freshens up your device each time you come to use it. There are a couple of approaches you can take to the process..
How to change your Android wallpaper automatically
Using an app
Installing a dedicated app is perhaps the easiest way of changing your Android device’s wallpaper on a schedule.Wallpaper Changer is the best-known app for the job, though there are others around on Google Play, including Automatic Wallpaper Changer. We’ll focus on the former here.
Fire up Wallpaper Changer to find the app’s settings. You can choose a certain number of minutes, hours or days as your interval, set how the app resizes or crops images, opt to change the wallpaper every time you unlock your phone, and set your wallpapers to cycle through in a random order if you prefer.
There are a couple of other settings to tweak: You need to choose the Wallpaper Changer live wallpaper as the wallpaper on your device (press and hold a blank part of the home screen to do this) and you have to compile a group of images via the Albums tab. If you upgrade to the Pro version of Wallpaper Changer you can manage several different albums.
Another way of rotating through several wallpapers on your Android device is via the always-impressive If This Then That (IFTTT). It connects apps and services together using triggers that lead to actions — and one of the supported actions is switching the background on a connected Android device.
Once you’ve signed up for IFTTT and started work on your wallpaper-shifting Recipe, you can choose all kinds of triggers: a new photo in a Dropbox folder, a newly liked image on Instagram, a new picture from an RSS feed, something from your Flickr feed, and so on.