How to set Live Wallpaper on Windows 11

How to set Live Wallpaper on Windows 11

Windows 11 natively doesn’t provide any option to set Live Wallpaper. You can only change the theme and change the desktop background with a solid color or picture. However, now with a free Microsoft Store app, you can set live wallpaper on Windows 11. Moreover, you can set GIFs, Videos, and Webpages as your live wallpaper and screensaver.

Yes, live wallpaper will affect your startup speed, because it uses system resources. But, if you own a system with good specs, then you barely need to worry about it. Ok, so without a further delay, here’s how to get live wallpapers on your Windows 11 PC.

Set Live Wallpaper on Windows 11/Windows10

AutoWall – Free Live Wallpaper App for Windows

AutoWall is a free and open-source App to set live Wallpaper on Windows 10/11. With this App, you can turn Videos and Gifs into Live Wallpaper. And, it is a portable app, so you don’t need to go through any kind of installation process.

  1. First, download the latest version of the AutoWall App from GitHub.
Download AutoWall App - Free Live Wallpaper App for Windows
  1. Once the file gets downloaded, do extract the zip file. Right-click on the zip file, and click on Extract All > Extract.
Extract AutoWall App Zip File
  1. Once the zip file gets extracted, do open it.
  1. Right-Click on AutoWall Application and Run it as administrator.
Run AutoWall Live Wallpaper App as administrator
  1. A Small App window will appear.
  1. Click on Browse and File Explorer window will appear.

Now, you have to select a GIF or Video file. If you don’t have any, then you can select a sample gif from the “VideosHere” folder. Which you can find inside the AutoWall folder. Once you select the gif file, click on Open.

Select Live Wallpaper in AutoWall App
  1. That’s it, now click on Apply to set live wallpaper on Windows 11/10.
Apply Live Wallpaper Windows 11
  1. Check your desktop to see live wallpaper. Also, if you want to remove live wallpaper and get back your default Windows Wallpaper back. Then, do click on reset.

And, if you want live wallpaper to work when you start/restart Windows. Then, do enable the “Set on Windows Startup” option. Also, move all your Gif files into the “VideosHere” folder, so you can easily select GIF/Video files for live wallpaper.

Lively Wallpaper – Microsoft Store App

There are many third-party Apps available to set live wallpaper on Windows 11. But, Lively is a free and open-source app to set live wallpaper. It is available on Microsoft Store. With this App, you can set GIFs as your desktop wallpaper. This was possible with BioniX Wallpaper App in Windows 10.

The total size of this app is around 500MB because it comes with 12 live wallpaper. App also allows setting wallpaper on multiple monitors. So, if you have a dual monitor setup then also Lively will work flawlessly.

Apart from 12 live wallpaper, you can add your own custom live wallpaper. Or, you can use Gifs, Webpage, or video as a live wallpaper. It uses the MPV player for GIFs. Also, you can customize live video quality as well. Overall, Lively provides a bunch of customization options for live wallpaper.

Install Lively Wallpaper and Set a Live Wallpaper.

  1. Open Microsoft Store and do a Search for Lively Wallpaper
  1. Click on the first app that appears in the search result to open the Lively Wallpaper App page.
Lively Wallpaper Microsoft Store
  1. Click on Get > Install.
  1. Once App does get installed. Click on open in Microsoft Store. Or, you can use Windows search and run this app as administrator.
Install and open Lively Wallpaper
  1. A lively setup window will appear with a welcome screen click on Next.
Lively Wallpaper setup screen
  1. The app will now ask for startup permission. So that, it can start automatically at windows startup. Allow it and click on next.
Start Live Wallpaper on Windows 11 Startup
  1. Next, you can change the taskbar theme. Click on off and you will get a bunch of options to customize the taskbar. Select each theme to check what you prefer. After selecting a theme or keeping it off click on next.
Change Live Wallpaper Taskbar theme
  1. That’s it, the initial setup process will now get completed. The final screen will tell you that lively will minimize in the system tray. Click on ok.
  1. You will now be able to see 12 Live Wallpaper. Click on any wallpaper to set it as a desktop background.
Set live Rain Wallpaper on Windows 11
  1. If you want to customize live wallpaper then do right-click on wallpaper.
Customize Live Wallpaper

You can even delete any live wallpaper which you don’t like to save some disk space.

Set Gif as Live Wallpaper using Lively.

  1. From the left pane, click on the ‘+’ icon to add a GIF or Live Wallpaper.
Add Live Wallpaper to Lively
  1. Click on Browse.
Browse and add live wallpaper
  1. Now, do select the GIF file that you want to set as live wallpaper and click on open.
Select GIF to set live wallpaper Windows 11
  1. A new window will appear to ask for the author and website information of GIF Wallpaper. You can skip it and click on ok.
Add GIF Wallpaper in live wallpaper library
  1. That’s it, GIF will be now your desktop wallpaper.
  1. GIF wallpaper will also now be added to the Lively library. So, you can right-click to customize gif wallpaper settings.

By using the same way you can set video as your live wallpaper. Or, you can import some third-part live wallpaper as well using add wallpaper option.