GlanceScreens.com, a background image library for Windows Phone 8


If you are currently using Nokia’s Glance Background Beta, you will want to check out the GlanceScreens.com Windows Phone 8 app.

It is the official Windows Phone app for the GlanceScreens.com website and delivers a healthy supply of Glance Background images to your Windows Phone. You can also register with GlanceScreens.com to create and upload your own images to the collections.

The layout for GlanceScreens.com is fairly simple with the main page offering up a small sample of the featured images. A menu tile is in the upper left corner that will pull up the full menu for GlanceScreens.com.

GlanceScreens.com Menu, Featured Page and Image View

Here you will find options to log in/create a GlanceScreens.com account, view the Featured, Hot or New background images, and scroll through the various categories of Glance background images. Categories include Cars, Brands/Logos, Gaming, Scenic, Movies and more.

Once you find a background to use, just tap the download button and the image is saved to your Windows Phone Pictures Hub. From there you will need to launch Nokia’s Glance Background app to convert the image to a Glance Background.

The GlanceScreens.com app delivers a ton of images to your Windows Phone and is a great companion app to the Glance Background app. It is a free, ad-support application that is available for Windows Phone 8. You can find your copy of GlanceScreens.com here in the Windows Phone Store.

Keep in mind that while GlanceScreens.com can be installed on non-Lumia Windows Phones, the Glance feature is only available for Lumia Windows Phones.

Thanks, Barry, for the tip!

QR: GlanceScreens.com


Reader comments

GlanceScreens.com, a background image library for Windows Phone 8


That is very cool. I'd use it if I could. Sadly my new Icon soesn't support Glance yet. :(  Though I did point my wife towards it since her 828 goes support it.

Awesome, thanks for sharing. I've been looking for some new images to spice up my Glance rotation, and this one really does the trick.

What's wrong with that? Developers use it to better understand their customers and how they use the app. Helps them focus update efforts.

Google isn't the only suplier of ananytics.  I'd rather not give Google any more business than I have to, or their analytics engine any more data than can be helped.

Indeed, actually when permissions are absurd i don't download apps at all even if i am really interested. Its like trusting a developer to give him your house keys because he promised that he will not get inside.

Anyone else experience problems when Glance Background Beta is installed?
I would get random fuzzy screens (like an anolog TV channel without reception) and reversed colors.
Everything went back to normal when I uninstalled.

It happened a couple of times in in my 1020. But I think that is produced when a notification comes with an screen unlocking (unlocking from the screen turned off, not slide to unlock) at the same exact time.

Yeah, I had that once or twice... Really weird, and freaked me out the first time. But simply putting the device to sleep and waking it back up did the trick. Not even a full restart is required, so I'm not very concerned about it.

I'd rather not have to deal with that.
If a reset or whatever offered a permanent fix I would keep it, but I'm not going to be inconvenienced like that just for a grainy, battery draining image on my Glance screen.
Plus, I'm sure it causes other background problems.

Happened here too. Only 3 or 4 times, panicked me the first time, but lock / unlock and it disappears.

I bought lumia 920 yesterday,after selling my 8x after 6monthes of service :D
Was playing with glance and seraching for wallpapers,and now im seeing this
Tnx wpcentral

Google now Bing glace right away! And tell siri to get back in the kitchen, and have cortana meet me in my room at 3am we have some ”negotiations" to do.

I deleted it without using it when it said it needed personal information for Google Analytics. A picture app doesn't need and will not get my location or my Microsoft account.

Media playback - the API that allows the background to be downloaded.

Movement sensor - API for glance's 'peek' feature

Direction sensor - same API the movement sensor is controlled by.


But isn't this just a library of images for glance screen bg? It wouldn't need to access the movement and sensor api's, unless im missing something :/

Glance background uses glance, which needs access to those APIs. If you un installed glance and reinstalled it it would ask the same permissions that background is asking.

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It shouldn't. It has nothing to do with my peek view or anything. It just should access my picture library. This is going way overboard to use Google analytics, collecting data on a Google ad loaded web page too. It feels too obvious.

The app seems to work well and some of the backgrounds are nice. I'm a bit worried about all the permissions and google usage but it stays for now.

Hello. Can anyone shed some light on why I can't find "Glance Background Beta" in the Store, but was able to install it using the OR code in the original article. "GlanceSreens.com" shows up in the store but not.  "Glance Background Beta". What is it I don't know. Thanks

Yes. I have the original article. Glance Background Beta is in fact installed on my phone from the QR code. The question was "Why doesn't it show up in the Store" during a normal search? I am using A Lumia 928.

Most betas from Nokia/Microsoft don't show up in the regular store search. Try searching for Nokia Camera Beta or Facebook Beta

It seems like you can upload your own too. Am I correct with that assumption? I just glanced at the headline.

Damn, son. It's a menu and once you select 920, it'll ask you to make it your default selection. This preference works after restarting the app though.

Who'd want a naked babe for a glance bg? Not me.

I'd prefer going to their website instead of using this app just because it asks for unreasonable permissions.

Anyone using the last update of glance, when you turn on the screen shows only the bottom part in posterised colors? It scares me