Microsoft releases eight new 'official' wallpapers for Windows Phone (Nature)

Since Windows Phone users can't spend a lot of time customizing their OS (instead we live our lives), there's much focus on the lock-screen. We know we change ours every few days (we use Ffffound for inspiration).

Today, Microsoft has announced a partnership with London based graphic designer Levi Freeman and as a result, they've released eight "officially sanctioned" wallpapers to spiffy up your Windows Phone.

The eight images are nature focused so they may not appeal to everyone (we're more into abstract art here). Still, the designs are nice and they're meant to look perfect on your phone. What's more, the images all have a corresponding QR code for easy download (see, not even Microsoft uses Tag). Plus Microsoft notes that they hope more of these collaborations will happen with Levi, meaning we can probably expect different themes in the future--we like that idea. Levi also plans to release desktop versions too.

There's some interesting tidbits about the inspiration for each image and details about Freeman at his site, so hop on over to grab those images and learn a little bit about their origins.

Source: Windows Phone Blog, Levi Freeman's blog

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • At least Del Taco still uses tag.
  • WP7 came with 7 default photos, did it not? I wouldn't be surprised if they did something similar with these in WP8.
  • No it did not!
    Go to settings and change the wallpaper from there (NOT pictures hub)... You will see way more default wallpapers, like 25 or something.
  • Metrofacelift and Ffffound are the two best wallpaper inspiration apps. By far.
  • I agree, I found the site interfacelift by mistake and soon realized its incredible. Having an app absolutely blew my mind. I actually like it better than ffffound for content but ffffound's UX is much better.
  • pretty awesome!!
  • Mr. Rubino, how do we find such wallpapers?!
  • Visit Levi’s site to grab the entire set of eight for your lock screen:
  • Great thanks for the link!
  • They should make live wallpaper like on bing
  • That would be amazing :D it'd be like the future
  • Yes. And it should be built in the settings.
  • If you have an unlocked rooted phone check this out, it has that exact feature. Have been using it for a while now. It's fantastic!
  • Wow, that phone has 99 missed calls.  They should answer the phone.
  • Lol
  • Lol
  • 99 voicemails too... Sounds like my ex-girlfriend.
  • They've got 99 problems but a wallpaper ain't one?
  • Best comment of the article. Well-played, sir. (or ma'am)
  • Lol! Good one Astromanaught!
  • Hilarious!
  • Nice follow up !
  • lmao
  • "Since Windows Phone users can't spend a lot of time customizing their OS (instead we live our lives),"
    I really don't think the last part is necessary; It's neither funny nor clever.
  • That's your opinion. I think it's funny.
  • It's actually both funny AND clever. Nicely done, Daniel!!
  • Typical WPCentral commenter, complains about everything rather than appreciating.
  • Funny and clever... I got your back
  • I have to go with the posts directly above me... It was funny. You clearly know not of humor...
  • I disagree with you sir I thinks it's the beauty of WP it just works
  • Come on man ... Lighten up you're being to sensitive. Actually I agree with Mr.
  • saved all, then sync to phone from zune. much faster than scanning QR codes one by one.
  • I just view the image at full-size on my phone and long-press it. I have the option right there to save it directly to my phone, and also to make it my wallpaper-the fastest option of all!
  • Love the wallpapers, thanks!  It would be nice though, if it was possible to download all of them at once.
  • I was secretly hoping these would just magically appear in the built-in wallpaper album. Bah, too much work.
  • Lol!
  • Maybe it's just me, but while these are all great images, in my mind they're not really framed well for a WP7 lockscreen.
    Quite a few of them are just really busy where the lockscreen text shows (2, 6,7).  Others are nearly perfect, except they just need to be cropped slightly differently.  (4 needs to be higher so that the text is just a little lower on the grass, 8 needs the text further to the right in the image).  The only ones that I think would actually be usable are maybe 1,3,and 5, and in my mind 5 is a little bit of a stretch due to light text on a semi-light background.
    Like I said, these are really great images and the photographer is clearly talented.  I'm just not sure they work that well for lockscreen images.
  • Nice but the insider app is where its at!! All those awesome Bing pics at our disposal? New ringtones? One of my favorite apps period and you wanna good laugh, check out I love you kitty ringtone. Kills me!
  • I've been using and loving the Insider app for Bing wallpapers myself, but the quality and sharpness of these images are awesome! Looking forward for more from the author. Thanks!
  • Y transperent wallpaper not working in new update
  • I miss read it as "live our tiles" going to bed now =/
  • I read it as "...instead of our lives".
    Too early for bed for me :P
  • Weird, already have it in my wallpaper gallery. Maybe it's because I already got the Tango update.
  • Howz d tango uodate madgod??? Can u tell me plz and wer u frm,? Tango is not available in here india:-(
  • I get the "We're having trouble displaying this page" message when I try to follow the QR code link on my phone. Anyone else running into this?
  • I just use Bing, so it changes every day.  Like you said I've got better stuff to do than manage my wallpaper.
  • Windows Phone users can't spend a lot of time customizing their OS?!!
    Are you kidding me??!?!!!
    I am ALWAYS changing and customising my homescreen! Is it just me?
    P.S. I know this article is old and pretty much irrelevent now, but I just had to say it.
  • my wallpaper on two Lumia is a simple word: Microsoft with a good screen in background