Bored to look at the same wallpaper often? And lazy to change it too? Here are some applications that will supercharge your wallpaper at no cost – from wallpaper rotators for your desktop to mobile, we’ve got it all covered. If you like this article, do share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter by using the buttons on this page.
So, here’s the list:
1. Switch Between Local or Downloaded Wallpapers With John’s Switcher
John’s Backgrounds Switcher puts your desktop background on steroids. This is by far the ultimate wallpaper switcher for your Windows computer. Sitting in the system tray, the application changes the desktop wallpaper at specific intervals. It can download photos automatically from Flickr, Facebook and a few more sites.
Describing its feature set would would take a few hundred words, so we’ll leave you with a screenshot. You can download the application from John’s site.
2. Put News Stories And Blog Posts As Desktop Backgrounds
Go to this page and type in a topic of your choice (be it Obama or iPhone) or choose a news source (there’s everything from Washington Post to Macworld). Download the .theme file from the site, and apply it.
On applying the theme, you can see that your desktop wallpaper displays a blog post from the news source you had chosen. Right click and choose â€˜Next Desktop Background’ and the wallpaper will now display the next article from the same source as your wallpaper.
3. Change Wallpapers Only During Boot
If you think John’s Background Switcher is an overkill, try Wallpaper Rotator from 100dof. You choose a folder or a subfolder containing pictures and also specify the style â€“ tiled, centered, or stretched.
The application will load itself every time your computer boots, change the system wallpaper, and then exit. It doesn’t drain your computer’s resources, because it doesn’t run in the background constantly.
4. Change Wallpapers Based On The Weather
How cool would it be if you could judge the weather outside based on your desktop wallpaper? Weather Desktop Background lets you do just that. You first specify your location from the application’s settings. You will then have to choose images for 31 different weather conditions that the software displays.
The application will alternate between all of these wallpapers based on the temperature. If you fail to specify an image for a specific condition, only default text describing the weather will be displayed.
5. Download Wallpapers Based On Keywords And Rotate Them
Pulse is a neat application that downloads wallpapers from the internet based on keywords you specify and rotates them automatically at specific intervals. You can also use it to set the downloaded wallpapers as backgrounds for the Windows login screen.
Downloaded wallpapers can be autodeleted after a set number of days. There are two wallpaper providers that Pulse uses right now â€“ wallbase and rewalls but things might change in the future.
Bonus: Check out Wallpaper Juggler that downloads wallpapers fitting your screen resolution from InterfaceLIFT.com
6. Rotate Wallpapers In Your Android Phone
Okay, we’ve covered enough desktop applications so here’s one for Android. Wallpaper Changer lets you switch backgrounds in your Android phone at specific intervals. All you need to do is pick photos from your Gallery that you’d like to have use as wallpapers.
You can also make the wallpaper change every time you unlock the screen. There’s also a widget that the app comes with which you can use to manually switch between wallpapers. WebLiveWallpaper does the same thing, but it could fetch images from the internet as well.
7. Get New Bing Wallpapers Weekly With The Bing Dynamic Theme
Bing may not be your search engine of choice, but the wallpapers on the site are adored by many. Upon popular demand, Microsoft has made available Bing Dynamic, an RSS-based dynamic theme for Windows 7.
Every week, the theme download and updates your desktop background with two wallpapers from Bing.com.
8. Search Wallpapers Fitting Your Screen Resolution Using Google Or Bing
Google Image Search lets you search for pictures based on their resolution. You can just type in a keyword and pick the image size from the panel on the left of the page. Alternatively, you can use the imagesize: operator to specify a resolution that the resulting images have to match.
Bing fares better, because it can automatically detect your screen resolution and show you matching pictures. Just go to Bing Image Search, type in your keyword and choose Size > Wallpaper from the sidebar.
That’s pretty much it. If you know of any more software that enhances your desktop wallpaper, let us know in the comments.