Wallpapers for mobile phones can be the most spectacular, but I assure you that not even the best hyper-realistic wallpaper can come close to what we are going to see today. Using the gyroscope, a sensor that most modern phones incorporate, we can get 3D wallpapers with a parallax effect that will leave more than one with their mouths open. Let’s see how it works!
What is the parallax effect exactly?
Parallax or parallax -in English- is an animation effect that takes advantage of the “deficiencies” of human perception in order to create an illusion of depth with two-dimensional means of representation. In other words, if we have a mobile phone with a gyroscope, the parallax effect will make the background image appear to have a certain depth and change depending on how we are holding the phone. A true visual madness.
It is not the same as an animation or “live wallpaper” that plays in an infinite loop. Backgrounds with parallax effect are characterized by presenting a still and static image that offers various viewing angles. The quality of parallax funds is defined by the number of layers or “layers”, which determine the level of angulation that we can apply. Here are a few examples.
How to apply a 3D wallpaper with parallax effect on your mobile
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, the only requirement to be able to use this type of 3D backgrounds is that our mobile has a gyroscope. Nowadays even the cheapest Android terminals include this sensor, so unless we have a brick from the Jurassic era, we will not have any problem enjoying them.
Note: If we have any questions, we can check the sensors that our phone incorporates with the free Sensors application available on Google Play.
From here, all we have to do is install an application that offers wallpapers with these characteristics. There are many free applications available for Android, although these are the ones that we liked the most, both for quality and for repertoire and ease of use.
3D Wallpaper Parallax
This application collects a library of 3D wallpapers with quite interesting angular effect. On the one hand, it has a list of wallpapers that we can sort by popularity, downloads, etc. Here we will find backgrounds of current movies and blockbusters, video games, landscapes and “trompe l’oeil” of all kinds.
However, one of its most interesting functions is that “+” button that we find at the bottom of the app, from where we can create our own parallax wallpapers from images and adding their corresponding layers. It takes a lot of work, but if we put the desire we can obtain simply unique results.
Live Wallpapers HD
This 3D wallpaper app has an advantage over the previous one, and that is that it allows you to filter images by categories (superheroes, space, cars, sports, animals, nature, fantasy, etc.), which is not bad at all.
Although it has excellent material and a very colorful interface, the fact that it is necessary to swallow an ad every time we want to download a wallpaper plays against it, which can be a bit tedious and forces us to think twice before starting to install wallpapers like crazy.
3D Parallax Live Wallpaper
The operation of “3D Parallax Live Wallpaper” is very similar to that of “HD Live Wallpaper”. It offers a clean interface where we have to see an ad to be able to unlock the animated wallpaper that interests us. However, it has an advantage, and that is that the ads of the latter are much shorter. The library isn’t that extensive either, but it does have some pretty spectacular images.
It has a clear and well-worked interface where we can find the most downloaded funds, the news, etc. It has wallpapers with an anime-themed parallax effect (a lot of Dragon Ball), video games like Breath of the Wild, Harley Quinn, The Matrix and many space-cut images.
3D Parallax Wallpapers
This app offers both 3D effect wallpapers and static backgrounds. Stylish wallpapers themed with nature, landscapes, technology, space and more. It is divided by categories and also allows you to see the most downloaded backgrounds for those who prefer to browse among the most popular images.
Here we will not find backgrounds for video games, anime or movies, so if you are looking for something in that style it is best to take a look at the other apps that we mentioned a little above.
Finally, it is worth mentioning (I suppose you have already guessed) that these types of wallpapers consume a lot of battery, since they are always running in the background, considerably reducing the autonomy of the phone. It is very important to take this into account if we are going to be away from home all day or do not have a charger at hand. Otherwise, a visual delight.