Getting bored with your desktop wallpaper or the wallpaper on your mobile device? Because we use our PCs and mobile devices so much, it’s nice to have a choice of cool backgrounds to look at.
We’ve collected links to some sites where you can download wallpapers for your PC or your phone. Not all the wallpapers are free, but there are plenty of free ones to provide a variety of cool backgrounds.
Desktop Nexus is a community for high-quality wallpapers that allows members to interact, sharing real-time feedback with artists or photographers. You can subscribe to their RSS feeds to get notified when a new wallpaper is uploaded to one of your favorite categories. Every wallpaper uploaded by the members is automatically cropped, stretched, resized, and re-mastered to fit your screen size.
Wallbase is a searchable wallpaper database with content uploaded by users.
InterfaceLIFT offers more than 2500 free smartphone, tablet, and computer wallpapers. You can also download wallpapers in bulk for a penny per image.
deviantART is an online social network for artists that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts. Over 100,000 original works of art are uploaded daily, ranging from traditional media, such as painting and sculptures, to digital art, pixel art films and anime.
Webshots is one of the largest photo- and video-sharing websites that provides a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos. They offer free and premium memberships with large amounts of storage. You can share photos, videos, and slideshows on Webshots and on your personal website.
Digital Blasphemy offers over 700 images, including images for multiple monitors and animated versions of some wallpapers. Some wallpapers are free for you to sample. However, paying members have access to the entire gallery and can download wallpapers individually or in bulk archives. Members can also download widescreen resolutions up to 2560 x 1600, and 16:9 HDTV resolutions up to 2560 x 1440, tablet and smartphone versions.
Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
The NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive offers a different image or photograph each day of the universe, along with a brief explanation of the image written by a professional astronomer.
NASA Image of the Day Gallery
The NASA Image of the Day Gallery offers downloadable images in different sizes that you can download, each with a description. You can also sign up for their RSS feed to receive a .jpg file of the new image each day.
National Geographic Wallpapers
The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational institutions in the world and they offer free wallpapers and daily photos you can download.
Free World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Wildlife Wallpaper
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) offers free wallpapers for download in different resolutions: Full screen (1024×768 and 1280×1024), Widescreen (1280×800 and 1440×900) and Netbook (1366×768). They are always adding new wildlife and nature photos.
The Paper Wall
The Paper Wall offers wallpapers for download in various categories and resolutions. You can also view recently added and popular wallpapers and display random wallpapers, one at a time.
Simple Desktops offers very simple but nice wallpapers for your desktop which provide enough eye candy to not get bored or distracted.
Shorpy offers historical photos extracted from reference images from the Library of Congress research archive. They are available for download in jpeg format.
Wallpapers.com offers wallpaper-related content for free and is supported by ads. You can search the content, and comment and rate wallpapers, and view wallpapers in different categories.
There are three different types of wallpapers available on Wallpapers.com. Static wallpaper images do not move. Animated wallpapers are like screensavers. Wallery is a special product that rotates through multiple static wallpaper images.
American Greetings Wallpapers
American Greetings offers hundreds of free desktop designs and images as wallpapers you can download.
Dream Wallpaper offers free, easy-to-use software that allows you to get over 80,000 high quality free wallpapers from their site in many categories. The software cycles through the wallpaper images, and you can download widescreen wallpapers as well as regular wallpapers.
Wallpapers Wide offers wallpapers in many different resolutions and allows you to submit wallpapers as well. The site also detects the current aspect ratio and resolution of your current display. You can view wallpapers in many categories, the latest wallpapers, and the top wallpapers.
GoodFon.com offers free desktop, laptop, HDTV, and mobile wallpapers you can download, and the site is updated daily.
FunUtilites.com offers many utilities including a collection of over 4,500 free desktop wallpapers.
Jpegwallpapers.com offers a large collection of free desktop wallpapers in many categories. You can browse the categories, view the most recent free wallpapers on the main page, or search for specific topics.
Fonditos offers wallpapers you can download for free without having to register for an account. Most of the wallpapers do not have any publicity inscriptions on them. The minimum size for a wallpaper image to be published on their site is 1024×768. New wallpapers are added to the site each day.
Magentic is free software you download that provides access to thousands of professional photo-wallpapers (and a large selection of screensavers). It also allows you to create personal wallpapers and screensavers from your own photos. New collections are constantly added.
WallpaperStock offers free wallpapers and stock photos in a range of resolutions including widescreen and HD. You can view the wallpapers and photos in many categories, view the top wallpapers, or choose to have a random wallpaper displayed.
FreeWallpapers.Pro offers a collection of high quality, free wallpapers in several resolutions and in many categories.
Zedge offers wallpapers for mobile devices, as well as ringtones and prewritten texts. There is also an Android app you can use to easily add items to your Android phone or tablet.
Cellsea is a web community that allows you to create, share, and download wallpapers, ringtones, games, videos, and more for free.
LiveWallpapers.org offers wallpapers for many Android phones that are animated and interactive. Most of the wallpapers are free, but some are not.
AndroidCentral Free Wallpaper Gallery
AndroidCentral also offers a Free Wallpaper Gallery, but you must register to download the wallpapers. Registration is free and also allows you to rate the wallpapers.
Finally, if you’re a Doctor Who fan, we posted a cool collage of all 11 doctors you can download and use as your desktop wallpaper. Let us know if you’ve found any websites you like offering cool wallpapers.
Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
- Published 10/13/12