Who doesn’t love a little customization? Both the iPhone lock screen and home screen provide us with a blank canvas to display photographs and graphics that are both functional and fun. So how do you get your hands on the best iPhone wallpapers and background? There are of course, a few hundred apps for that.
We combed through tons of wallpaper and background apps on the App Store to bring you the top seventy-five from several different categories. Below you’ll find apps containing wallpapers with cars, artwork, nature, app shelves and a lot more, many of which can be downloaded completely free.
Shelves and Icon Borders
Dimensionz Wallpapers ($0.99) – Introducing a whole new way to customize your homescreen. Now you can place your apps on virtual shelves — inset them into your background — and create a crisp seamless HD layout on the fly. Dimensionz Wallpapers isn’t just a wallpaper app. It’s a whole new dimension in custom wallpapers.
Pimp Your Screen ($0.99) – Pimp Your Screen is here to customize the way your device looks by giving you an exclusive selection of specially designed backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, neon combos and many other eye candies.
Shelf Backgrounds and Wallpapers Pro ($0.99) – With 1,000+ shelf backgrounds for your home screen. Amazing icon frames all in this single App. You can customize your own home screen with 450+ glow effects, including 24+ Christmas glow effects, show to your family and friends!
iWallpaper Maker ($1.99) – iwallpaper, made by a professional designer, has high quality frames and backgrounds. Just take your pick! iwallpaper maker helps you change and make easily your own backgrounds.
Home Screen Wallpaper Maker (Free) – Add frames to your apps with our neon glow effects. Import your own photos and add any effects from our library to create custom home screen wallpapers.
Topping Pro ($0.99) – You can make your own home screen by not only choosing wallpapers but “Topping” with cute and unique character designs.
Create a awesome lock screen / i LockScreen Maker (Free) – Lock Screen Maker of YoungGam is definitely not typical Lock Screens that most apps offer. calendars, backgrounds, symbols and frames made by a professional designer provide a variety of high quality frames. It will help you change and make easily thousands of new Lock Screens you like. Just take your pick of any one of our Lock Screen Frames and enjoy your imagination!
iTexture Retina Background Wallpaper Generator ($0.99) – Generate your own wallpapers from the many included textures and icons backgrounds. More than 700 combinations available.
Free App Frames – HD Wallpapers (Free) – FREE App Frames from Pocket Zebra includes the best collection of HD home screen wallpapers for your iPhone 4 and 3GS and select iPod Touch devices. Bonus lock screen wallpapers! Customize your device even further with lock screen wallpapers included for free as a bonus!
App icon backgrounds & home screen wallpapers (Free) – Focusing on quality not quantity we have made a collection of the best home screen backgrounds to customise your phone.
Shelf Maker ($0.99) – This app takes your own photos and creates an overlay that sits on top of a shelf graphic.
Retina Wallpapers & Glow Effects (Free) – You can save all pics in your device as Wallpaper! This app has the largest number of pics in the app store! You will find almost all Wallpaper, Eye Illusions, 3D stereograms Funny Pics and others in this app store.
All-IN-1 Wallpapers Box With Glow Effects (Free) – With 150,000+ wallpapers and 10,000+ Retina HD 640×960 wallpapers and 400+ glow effects, and more every day, All-IN-1 Wallpapers Box is the most full-featured, versatile and functional app you’ll find at any price.
Retina Wallpapers HD with Glow Effects (Free) – 11,000+ Crystal Clear and Vibrant Wallpapers for crisp retina screen from 30+ categories.
98,000+ Wallpapers HD & Glow Effects Backgrounds ($0.99) – 98,000+ Wallpapers HD & Glow Effects Backgrounds Pro, 70% off at launch, on sale now! Only 0.99, you can own more than 98,000 High Quality Pics and thousands of Glow Effects.
Glow Backgrounds & Wallpapers (Free) – Make your iPhone/iPod look outstanding with amazing glow backgrounds, customize your own app screen glow backgrounds and impress your friends.
Sea Beach Wallpapers ($2.99) – Sea Beach Wallpapers- is a great arrangement of the best and most sea beach wallpapers right on your iPhone. It is most perfect for all people those who love to stay in sea beach. Discover the ultimate collection of best picked high quality and most sea beach wallpapers for your device and decorate it nicely.
Nature Images (Free) – With over 3 million downloads, these beautiful, close-up Nature Images grace the desktops of computer users everywhere, and they’re now available for your iPhone or iPod touch. We’ve partnered with a photographer whose work is included in major operating systems and whose photos are among the most popular wallpaper images in the world. Only the best images have been selected and each is carefully optimized to fit the exact specifications of the iPhone and iPod touch screens.
Nature Wallpapers & Images (Free) – The application contains hundreds of nature wallpapers collected elaborately. There are magnificent scenes such as lakes, mountains and sunsets.
Flower Wallpaper (Free) – Decorate your iPhone screen with various flowers. Just download the flower wallpaper application and you can change your iPhone screen everyday! The application includes 20 beautiful flower images.
Amazing Fall Wallpaper ($0.99) – Amazing Fall Wallpaper features breathtaking images of autumn leaves, trees, foliage, and scenery that can be used as wallpaper and backgrounds designed specifically for your iPhone and iPod Touch.
Space Art Wallpaper Backgrounds (Free) – Features beautiful Space Art Background images of planets in our solar system, extrasolar planets, gas giants, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Scroll through images or watch a slideshow, save them to your camera roll and use them as your Background Wallpaper on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Bugs! ($0.99) – Bugs! Features over 180 Amazing Macro Photographs of Bugs. Join Photographer Thomas Shahan as he reveals the remarkable beauty, color and detail of this tiny world. Share images with friends using the facebook plugin, and add to the experience by playing the free Ambient Forest Sound track on the embedded media player. You can also save images to use on your iPad, iPhone or iPad.
300+ amazing animal wallpaper HD offline (Free) – Awesome Animal Wallpaper provides you with the most amazing animals and the best visual effect with a maximum resolution of 640 x 960 pixels! It’s free!! No network connecting is required. No additional traffic. No extra fee.
Nature Clock (Free) – Nature Clock brings you 130+ high quality photos taken by a professional photographer spending almost 5 years. Photos include Insect, birds, romantic sunset, flowers and landscape around the world.
Nature Wallpapers HD (Free) – All images are HQ and in HD so you can enjoy the natural beauty of the scene. We only include the best!
Natural Wallpapers (Free) – Forget Browsing the Internet for hours to find backgrounds for your iPhone. Forget spending hours of time cropping and resizing the images to fit perfectly on your iPhone. Forget spending all that time to just get a nice background. This Application contains huge collection of high quality images sized specifically for your iPhone.
Amazing Nature – Wallpaper ($0.99) – This app contains more than one hundred of amazing wallpapers collected elaborately. All these photos can be saved to the album in your iPhone or iPad (Double-click on the screen, then press the button), and you can set them as wallpaper or send them to your friends.
Space Wallpapers Free – High quality cool space wallpapers for iPhone, updated regularly, and free!
Serene Nature ($0.99) – Get ready to relax and be at peace. This app contains a stunning user-driven collection of some of the most serene places in the world. Be sure to contribute and add to this experience!
Free Space Wallpapers (Free) – Get the awesome space wallpapers for free. High quality images which you can save and use as background.
Beach Backgrounds ($0.99) – World Beaches contains gorgeous pictures of beaches from over 17 countries! A massive collection of beautiful beaches in the palm of your hand.
Landscape Wallpaper ($0.99) – A collection of 80 high quality images (and more to come) from every season of the year. If you like nature this is a perfect application for you, set the slide show and watch all the great views in the photos.
Moon Wallpapers (Free) – Moon Wallpapers- is a great arrangement of the best moon wallpapers right on your iPhone. It is most perfect for all people those who love to watch moon and its wonders. Discover the ultimate collection of best picked high quality moon wallpapers for your device and decorate it nicely.
3D Wallpapers & Backgrounds (Free) – Unlimited collection! Tons of Stunning, clear and high resolution pictures. Updated regularly by user and app management team.
108 3D Funny Wallpapers ($0.99) – 108 Funny 3D Wallpapers contains 108 outrageously cute wallpapers rendered specially for the screen size of your iPhone/iPod Touch.
Wallpapers 3d (Free) – 208 unique wallpapers so far. This app consists of concepts created at my spare time. Each concept consists of images. Each wallpaper has its own name and meaning. Choose an image by using the arrows or flick left/right to change an image and tap ‘Save’. Image will be saved to your Camera or Photo library.
Amazing 3D Wallpapers ($2.99) – Massive collection of “Amazing 3D Wallpapers” is now at your fingerprints. All the wallpapers have been picked and prepared with a heart & soul effort by the content management team. Smarten your iPhone with such high quality & remarkable 3D wallpapers.
Valentine Wallpapers for Retina Display (Free) – Huge amazing Valentine Wallpaper for Retina Display is now at your fingertips. Liven up your iPhone 4 at your valentine with such high quality amazing valentine wallpapers.
Halloween Wallpapers for Retina Display (Free) – Now its Halloween time and “Halloween Wallpapers for Retina Display” brings the great opportunity to get in the Halloween mood perfectly. It provides you a set of high quality original Halloween themed and the most attractive Halloween wallpapers that you can discover the ultimate collection of best-picked high quality Halloween wallpaper for your Halloween event and make your Halloween especial from others.
Holiday Wallpapers HD (Free) – Collection of the best HD and Free April Fools Day and Easter wallpapers and backgrounds. Celebrate these two occasions with all your friends! Happy April Fool’s Day and Happy Easter!
Christmas Wallpapers & Backgrounds in One Pro (Free) – A large collection of wallpapers to show your Christmas spirit!
Autoshow(Wallpaper) vol.6 ($0.99) – Autoshow is a collection of great 100+ latest auto wallpapers!
10,000+ Car Wallpapers Free – Offers thousands of high quality car pictures and car wallpapers. All makes. All models. Classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, supercars, everyday cars – we’ve got all them car pictures!
HD Lamborghini Wallpaper ($0.99) – HD Lamborghini Wallpaper is collection of cool HD (High-Density 640 x 960) Kawasaki wallpaper for iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS & iPod Touch. All wallpaper are optimized for iPhone 4 with fine details and superb resolution. iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod touch users can also use this application. All wallpaper will automatically shrink to fit the screen of your devices.
BMW Sportscar Wallpaper ($0.99) – BMW Sportscar Wallpaper is a collection of the world’s finest BMW sportscar wallpaper. All wallpaper are optimized for iPhone/iPod Touch.
Cars Wallpapers Cut ($0.99) – Cars Wallpapers is a collections of amazing cars from all over the world. You’ll get 250+ amazing car photos that you can email or save. No internet connection needed.
Backgrounds Plus (Free) – 10,000+ of the best backgrounds and wallpapers hd to customize your device with. All in high resolution and optimized for the Retina display. Our team of artists have created and hand picked thousands of the best high definition backgrounds and hd wallpapers for your mobile device. We include only the best!
CoolPapers Pro – The Best Wallpapers & Backgrounds ($2.99) – CoolPapers Pro lets you customize your home screen by allowing you to browse and download the most stunning photos of your favorite celebrities, models, movies, cars, luxury brands, and much more! New wallpapers are added daily.
Society6 Daily Art Wallpapers and Backgrounds (Free) – Society6 artists hailing from Brooklyn to Barcelona bring you an endless supply of Grade-A quality Artist Wallpapers and Backgrounds to meet your recommended daily dosage of retina candy – all for free.
Wallpapers by GelaSkins (Free) – We at GelaSkins are proud purveyors of artist-designed, removable covers for iPhone, iPad, iPod and many more devices. We created this app so you can easily download amazing wallpapers directly to your iOS device. Browse our artist gallery or check out our collaborations with great studios like Marvel Comics, National Geographic, and Busted Tees.
Backgrounds (Free) – 10,000+ Backgrounds from 100+ Artists and our Design Team. New Backgrounds added daily. Choose from over 60 categories such as: Funny, Cars, Guys, Movies, Space, Cute, Girly, Sports, Games, Beaches, Water, Messages / Quotes, Night, Hearts, Swirls, Explosions, Buildings, Cities, Fantasy, Sunsets, Technology, Flowers, Animals, Music, Space, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, New Years, Easter and many more.
Cool Wallpapers HD & Retina (Free) – Now with Effects, as of Version 2.0! With Cool Wallpapers 2.0, you can add glow effects, black and white effects, and blur effects. Unleash your inner artist, and share your masterpieces with friends!
Backpapers – Online Backgrounds and Wallpapers (Free) – Backpapers is an online background and wallpaper viewer. It allows you to browse and search iPhone wallpapers and download them to the device to set as your home or lock screen. Browse new daily photos by flicking through backgrounds specifically made for your device which includes retina resolution wallpapers for iPhone4.
100 Free Girly Wallpapers (Free) – adorable doggies and kitties fairy wallpapers romance wallpapers and more!
Quotes Wallpapers & Backgrounds 25,000+ (Free) – Over 25,000 funny, love and famous quotes wallpapers in the palm of your hands. Become smarter and wiser every second by reading famous quotes from famous people.
Fantastic Wallpapers Free – Hundreds of high quality fantastic iphone wallpapers, free! Just shake to show a random wallpaper.
50,000+ Retina Wallpapers (Free) – 50,000+ high quality 640×960 Retina Wallpapers, perfect for iPhone 4, also suitable for iPhone 2G/3G/3GS and iPod touch, update regularly.
ImagePro – Google Image search ($0.99) – ImagePro provides easy-to-use interface to the Google Image search. Just type the search keywords and ImagePro will start fetching images from Google. Save a photo or image to your Photo Albums, set it up as a Wallpaper, or go to the original photo/image web page.
So Cute! – Super Cute Images, Wallpapers and Backgrounds (Free) – Can’t get enough cute? Brighten up your device with 1000s of hand picked cute images and cute wallpapers!
Cool Backgrounds ($0.99) – Cool Backgrounds gives you a collection of amazing, awesome and ultimate wallpapers. Don’t waste time going through a collection of photos that requires you to connect to the internet each time. Get the ultimate collection of pre-selected high quality wallpapers for your phone that is available all the time.
Rare Wallpapers Collection (Free) – A huge amazing rare wallpaper collection.
10,001 HDR Wallpapers ($0.99) – Get 10,001 HDR Wallpapers for your iPhone or iPod! In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.
iPhone Wallpaper – Luxurious textures (Free) – Please enjoy our 42 luxurious wallpapers for Retina Display & iPhone 3G/3GS, more than 40,000 fantastic wallpapers from web service, making tool for your own wallpapers with any price.
Cool Color Wallpapers & Backgrounds Box (Free) – With 5000+ all kinds of Color Wallpapers, specially for iPhone 4 Retina display, and more every day, Cool Color Wallpapers is the most full-featured, versatile and functional app you’ll find at any price.
Wallpapers For IP4 ($0.99) – Wallpapers For IP4 is ultimate collection of hundreds of carefully selected high resolution wallpapers for your iPhone 4/new iPod Touch.
iTexture v6 Vintage Retina Background Wallpaper ($0.99) – Generate your own special Vintage wallpapers from the many included new textures and icons backgrounds. More than 1000 combinations available.
50,000+ WallPapers & FX ($0.99) – More than 50,000+ high quality iPhone and iPod touch wallpapers. You can scroll the page vertically or horizontally to find the all 50,000+ pics in 120+ categories.
Album Wallpaper ($0.99) – Album Wallpaper lets you select artwork from your iPod library and then formats it perfectly to fit as a wallpaper on your device. Randomly selects artwork or choose the artwork you want.
Wallpaper Creator – Custom Backgrounds & Wallpapers ($2.99) – Place your own text on top of the backdrop (your name, your number, a contacts name if using for a contact graphic, or indeed anything else you can think of!); with 20 backdrops that are dynamically updated at regular intervals (or use your own photos and images from your Photo Library), 160 static built-in backdrops, 30+ fonts, 20 font colours, and 18 text effects, there are literally hundreds of thousands of combinations you could create.
Wallpaper Designer ($2.99) – Make your unique iPhone and iPod of HD wallpapers collection using unlimited combinations of backgrounds and special effects picked from 5 different categories: Frames, Shelves, Glow, Color and Holiday. Take full advantage of exclusive features like “Frame your Photos” and “Slide to Color”.
Football 2010 Wallpapers ($0.99) – The 2010 World Cup tournament is here! This app provides iPhone optimized wallpapers for each participating country’s flag.
Vivid Wallpaper ($0.99) – You can create a stylish background image just by selecting colors, lines and patterns. It’s so simple to use!
Art Wallpaper ($0.99) – You will be intrigued with the coolness of this wallpaper app.Give your iphone a very cool art look!Basically turn your iphone into an “Art Phone” with those beautiful clear high resolution wallpaper(Sum 380 Cool Art Wallpaper).
Texture it! ($0.99) – Instead of being overwhelmed with thousands of wallpapers to choose from, Texture it! includes 200 beautiful iPhone wallpapers optimized for your iPhone. Categories of photographs include, beach, graffiti, natural, and more.
Which Is Your Favorite?
Obviously, we’re not suggesting that you download all 75! This article is instead aimed at helping you find those one or two perfect wallpaper apps for your particular tastes.
Personally, I love apps like those in the first section that let you mix and match various background with different shelf graphics because they help me create a clean, organized environment for my ever-growing collection of great software. Leave a comment below and let us know which wallpaper apps are your favorite and why.