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Background Wallpapers HD, more Windows Phone wallpapers than you can shake a stick at

If you are in need of a new Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen wallpaper or a Windows Phone lockscreen wallpaper, take a gander at Background Wallpapers HD.

While the developer does not offer an exact number of wallpapers available, there is an abundance of wallpapers to sift through. The images are categorized and include nature, abstract, cartoons, pets, gaming characters and more.

Just exploring the wallpaper offerings from Background Wallpapers HD, it comes across as an impressive collection but the navigation could use a little fine-tuning.

Main Layout

When you launch Background Wallpapers HD you will be greeted with the app's Hot Category of images. Along the top of the page is the app's navigational menu and across the bottom is the ad-support banner.

The navigation menu has options to view the New and Hot Category of images as well as generating a random selection of images. You also have a menu button that will pull up a keyword search option and the option to view one of the many categories of images.

Images are touch scrollable and when you find an image you like, just tap on it. This will bring the image full screen and present you with a handful of control buttons that will download the image to your Windows Phone Pictures Hub, preview the image as your lockscreen wallpaper, set the image as your lockscreen and tap the image as a favorite.

To view your favorite images, just tap the three-dot menu that appears throughout the gallery pages of the Background Wallpapers HD app and choose the link to Favorite option.

Overall Impression

While, like many, I tend to use my own photos as either the lockscreen or Start Screen wallpapers, I have to admit that Background Wallpapers HD has an appealing collection of images.

My only nit with Background Wallpapers HD's navigation could have been better. You will be inclined to tap the Windows Phone Back Button to leave a category of images and return to the main display but that will send you out of the app. I would have liked a more distinguishable navigation menu put into play. You get used to what is in place but you will also find yourself exiting out of the app a few times before that happens.

All in all, Background Wallpapers HD is a nice app to have in your image library. The app gets 4.5 stars in the Windows Phone Store and we won't disagree with that rating. The free version of the app will let you download the first fifty images in each category. To gain access to the remainder of the images, you will need to upgrade to the premium version ($1.99 purchase).

  • Background Wallpapers HD - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices - 3MB - Free - Store Link

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

38 Comments
  • Tnx
  • Go look at the hot women section and you'll say thanks again. :)
  • Thanks
  • So thanks , and I like the muscle man too :P
  • Wallpaper HD
  • nice one !!!!
  • I use Wallbase too.. Thank you!
  • I've never used such an app until now. Schwing!
  • I want a picture of a building shot using tilt lenses. That way as I scroll my phone it recreates an elevator feel.
  • I use ZEDGE Ringtones and Wallpaper. I'm pretty sure you can get all the same wallpapers through that, and they're all free.
  • I also use it on my 1520
  • This.
  • The one I enjoy the most is Wall Paper HD 8.1. In my opinion the layout is amazing , you can choose from daily wall papers that they change everyday, it gives different themes to pick from as well. 
  • I lije the name of the app once installed :) @c:\data etc ^^
  • Dhuu... I'd rather put my own pix on my stay screen..hahaha
  • I like stock hd
  • The app is expensive. Id rather download wallpapers in google or bing.
  • IMHO the best is Wallbase. Stunning Navigation UI, HD photos of any dimension that you can crop as you want. I use the imeges also for my desktop on PC!
  • The pro version is free now :)
  • lol I just screenshot wallpapers it works perfect
  • I prefer Lockscreen Wallpapers, free, fast to use and very simple. You can even combine categories or create new ones.
  • After downloading a few wallpapers it'll ask you to pay
  • The pro version is free now.
  • Thanks for letting me know :))
  • I prefer to actually be able to SEE my live tiles rather than some messy background image.
  • The free version is called wallpaper HD pro from Tap-Plex developer
  • Hangs and hangs and hangs
  • Not letting me DL any without buying pro version. Don't mind paying but would like to try it first. Uninstalling.
  • Try the full free version called wallpapers HD pro from tap plex
  • Downloading
  • This app is better than the one, which is reviewed here.
    http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ea41b3b1-1533-4946-ab5d-412a61ca8ade
  • Nice one....
  • Polyscreen is the best app for start screen wallpapers :D
  • So where is this app accessing "millions" of wallpapers from? Do they have the rights to redistribute and even charge for access to all those wallpapers which I doubt the app developers have made themselves?
  • Thanks
  • Awesome app,nice collection!!
  • I take it the author has no right to these images?
  • Online Lock screen is a great app to automatically change the windows phone lock screen wallpaper automatically. It has 10,000+ wallpapers in lots of categories. It's free too.
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/online-lock-screen/b392a514-...