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Lively Wallpaper

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  -  241 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version:

    Lively Wallpaper LATEST

  • Requirements:

    Windows 10 (32-bit) / Windows 10 (64-bit) / Windows 11

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  • Author / Product:

    Dani John / Lively Wallpaper

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Lively Wallpaper is an open-source FREE desktop enhancement app that can transform the look of any desktop or laptop PC by infusing it with a stylish animated desktop background, with no performance penalties.

Built from the ground by a single developer named Dani John, this lightweight personalization app offers all of its users access to a limited library of pre-made animated content, and a wide array of tools for creating brand new animated backgrounds.

And most importantly, the entire process of displaying the live and animated desktop background will not put a noticeable additional strain on your PC hardware, and will automatically pause the reproduction of the live background any time some full-screen application is started (such as videogames or a full-screen video).

One of the core features present in the Lively Wallpaper PC app is its ability to empower users to create their own eye-catching animated wallpapers. This is done with built-in support for importing video files, GIFs, web content, shaders, HTML code, emulator software, and even games and converting them to a deployable desktop wallpaper that can be enjoyed passively or actively (with interactive elements that can be activated with mouse clicks).

Depending on the knowledge and technical level of the user, this app can be used for the fast creation of animated background videos for larger and more complicated projects best suited for seasoned programmers.

Lively Wallpaper takes full advantage of hardware-accelerated video codecs for multimedia reproduction (Direct Show, LAV, K-Lite, and Kawaii Codecs), and can accept video files in numerous popular files formats and containers (such as MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, and WebM). Audio support is also present, but it will be active only when the app detects the presence of the user via recent desktop activity.

Advanced users can also set wallpaper playback rules, which will help them to take full control over their PC desktop surface based on the running of selected foreground applications. For example, the animated background can stop when Lively Wallpaper detects the presence of a productivity app. The app supports the deployment of animated wallpapers on multiple monitors at once, on a single selected display, and more.

How to Use

  • Download and install Lively Wallpaper from its official website or FileHorse.
  • Launch Lively Wallpaper from the Start menu or by double-clicking its desktop icon.
  • Browse through the built-in collection of wallpapers, or add your own custom wallpaper by clicking on the "Add Wallpaper" button.
  • Select the live wallpaper or video wallpaper you want to use, and click on the "Apply" button to set it as your desktop background.
  • Customize the wallpaper settings as per your preferences. You can adjust the speed of the animation, the playback quality, and other settings using the "Settings" menu.
  • You can also create custom playlists to cycle through multiple wallpapers or set different wallpapers for different monitors.

That's it! Your desktop should now display a live wallpaper or video wallpaper. You can change the wallpaper anytime by opening Lively Wallpaper and selecting a new one.


Q: What is Lively Wallpaper?
A: Lively Wallpaper is a desktop customization tool that allows you to use live wallpapers and video wallpapers on your Windows desktop.

Q: Is Lively Wallpaper free to use?
A: Yes, Lively Wallpaper is FREE to download and use. However, there is a paid version that includes additional features and options.

Q: How do I install Lively Wallpaper?
A: You can download the installer from the official website or FileHorse and follow the on-screen instructions to install Lively Wallpaper on your computer.

Q: Can I create my own live wallpapers using Lively Wallpaper?
A: Yes, you can use your own video or animated image files to create custom live wallpapers.

Q: Does Lively Wallpaper consume a lot of system resources?
A: The amount of system resources consumed by Lively Wallpaper depends on the wallpaper you are using. However, most live wallpapers are designed to use minimal system resources.

Q: Can I set different live wallpapers for different monitors?
A: Yes, you can set different live wallpapers for different monitors using Lively Wallpaper.

Q: Can I pause or stop a live wallpaper?
A: Yes, you can pause or stop a live wallpaper by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting "Pause Lively Wallpaper" or "Stop Lively Wallpaper" from the context menu.

Q: Can I use Lively Wallpaper on a laptop battery?
A: Yes, you can use Lively Wallpaper on a laptop battery. However, using live wallpapers may drain the battery faster than using static wallpapers.

Q: Does Lively Wallpaper work on all versions of Windows?
A: Lively Wallpaper works on Windows 11/10 and later versions of Windows.

Q: How can I uninstall Lively Wallpaper?
A: You can uninstall Lively Wallpaper from the Control Panel or by using the uninstaller provided in the installation folder.

System Requirement

  • OS: Windows 11/10 1903 or above
  • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: HD Graphics 3000 or above
  • DirectX: Version 10 or above
  • Storage: 1GB available space

Lively Wallpaper is 100% FREE and it can be run only on Windows 10 or Windows 11.  The app developer recommends at least 1GB of available storage space on any PC that can run this latest version of Microsoft OS.

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