Nobody likes a boring home screen. And while you get a number of default options within Android to pretty up your device, you can get a lot more creative if you build your own live wallpaper. KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker is the perfect “the sky is the limit” app, for its usefulness is directly correlated to how much time you’re willing to spend in it, making the live wallpaper of your dreams.
The app is somewhat easy to use — and I don’t say that to warn anybody off. Rather, it’s just full of all sorts of different options for customising your own live wallpaper, and might feel a little overwhelming if you’re starting from a blank canvas. That’s why I appreciate the preset and downloadable templates you can explore within KLWP to get a better sense of the app’s full capabilities at a quick glance.
If you just want to create a variation on a theme, like adjusting a few text options on an existing wallpaper template, that’s easy and probably the approach I’d recommend for your first live wallpaper creation. Once you feel like you’re ready to explore your creativity a bit more, you can take a look at a fancier live wallpaper — like one that applies scaling and animation to the primary elements on your home screen (such as a clock) that completely change your wallpaper’s look and feel when you swipe left and right through different pages on your device.
While the app’s free version is fully functional for those that want to roll up their shirtsleeves and start building out some wallpaper masterpiece for their smartphone, this is one of the occasions where I recommend plunking down $5.99 for the app’s “pro” mode. Not only does this remove the app’s blatant advertising, but it also allows you to download all the different live wallpapers others have created. (You’re a lot more limited in what you can grab when using the app’s free version).
XDA Developers’ video tutorial does a great job covering the basics of the feature-packed KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker.
Again, it will probably be a lot faster to learn how to use KLWP by exploring how others have built their own wallpapers, rather than trying to fiddle around with its many options on a blank canvas. Or if you don’t want to create anything at all, and just want to use popular, customised wallpaper that others have made, that’s an option, too. For less than $6, your Android device just got a lot more fun — and a lot more elegant than just dumping a bunch of widgets over your regular background photo via the OS.