How to Set Video/Live Wallpaper on Windows 11

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By Viraj

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  • Live wallpaper on Windows 11 would bring a whole new look to your PC.
  • Currently, Windows 11 doesn’t provide Live wallpapers in-built. So, third-party software installation is needed. We’ll have a look at two apps for applying live wallpaper on your Windows PC.
  • Do check both apps because the first one is simple to use, while the other one offers a lot of customizations.
Windows 11 Live Wallpaper
Windows 11 Live Wallpaper

Why you should or shouldn’t use Live Wallpaper on Windows 11

Advantages
  • Looks way cooler than a static image wallpapers.
  • Feels good to look at a moving animation.
  • Availability of customizations.
  • Some live wallpaper reacts to the music as well.
  • Video sound can also be played.
Disadvantages
  • Heavy on system resources.
  • Not good for PCs with low hardware specifications.
  • May impact Windows start-up time if application launch is set on start.
  • Since GPU would be running continuously, it would drain battery quickly on laptops.

Apply Live Wallpaper on Windows 11

App #1 :: Display Live Wallpapers

Step 1 – Open Windows 11 Microsoft store and download Desktop Live Wallpapers app.

Desktop Live Wallpaper App in Microsoft Store
Desktop Live Wallpaper App in Microsoft Store

Step 2 – Launch the application and the interface would look like the below image. Click on the Browse folder button and provide a path of the folder containing your desired video.

Desktop Live Wallpaper app Selection Menu
Desktop Live Wallpaper app Selection Menu

Step 3 – Now, the thing is that Desktop Live wallpaper supports only .wmv video format in the free version. For that convert your video’s file format to .wmv. In this tutorial, I have used the Xillisoft video converter for video conversion.

Please make sure to select the highest possible conversion settings, otherwise, the output video will be of low resolution and may not look good as wallpaper.

Xilisoft Video Converter
Xilisoft Video Converter

Step 4 – Check the file format of the output video. It should be a WMV file (.wmv).

Video wallpaper extension properties
Video wallpaper extension properties

Step 5 – Select the video file you want to keep as wallpaper in the Desktop Live Wallpaper app. If you like the ASUS ROG wallpaper shown below then I have provided a download link for the same.

ASUS ROG Live Wallpaper
ASUS ROG Live Wallpaper

App #2 :: Lively Wallpaper (Recommended)

Certainly, there are some limitations on Desktop Live Wallpapers that we saw in Method 1. Features like multiple video formats, dynamic live wallpapers, customization options, etc. are absent.

Lively, on the other hand, offers many customizations such as:

  1. True live wallpaper experience which would react to user actions.
  2. Power & performance options.
  3. Video from YouTube or any other streaming platform can be used as a wallpaper.
  4. Developers community is quite active, thus you can choose from variety of wallpapers.

Step 1 – Open Microsoft Store on your Windows 11 PC and download Lively Wallpaper. Launch the app and click on any wallpaper that you would like to set as a Live wallpaper.

Lively Wallpaper App in Microsoft Store
Lively Wallpaper App in Microsoft Store
Live Wallpaper app interface
Live Wallpaper app interface

Step 2 – If you want to set your own video as a video wallpaper then that can be done by clicking on the Plus icon located to the left menu. Select browse and simply select the video file you want. Unlike Desktop Live Wallpapers app, there is no restriction of file formats.

Select your own video wallpaper
Select your own video wallpaper

Lively Wallpaper Customizations

Further steps are optional and need to be followed only if you want to customize the live wallpaper experience.

Step 3 (Optional) – There are numerous settings available in Lively wallpaper. For example, you can choose wallpaper behavior while on battery power or full-screen applications, playing games, and so on. Lively will automatically pause or terminate the wallpaper depending on the settings you choose.

You can set rules for a single application as well. Just add the application from the settings icon –> Performance as shown below and set the behavior.

Lively Wallpaper Performance Settings
Lively Wallpaper Performance Settings

Step 4 (Optional) – In Settings –> System, you can set taskbar theme. Currently, 4 options are available to choose from.

Lively Wallpaper System/Taskbar Settings
Lively Wallpaper System/Taskbar Settings

Step 5 (Optional) – All pre-installed wallpapers have cool customization options. Just right-click on any of the wallpapers and select Customize.

Wallpaper Customization menu
Wallpaper Customization menu

Below is a screenshot of settings from one of the wallpapers Fluids V2. Now, this is a crazy wallpaper, which would also react to music and mouse touch. Do give it try.

Wallpaper customization options
Wallpaper customization options

As said in the cons list, lively would definitely consume more system resources than a static wallpaper and it totally depends on what wallpaper you choose. For instance, have a look at the below screenshot which shows an average CPU and memory consumption when a video wallpaper was set.

And there you have it! I am sure you must be feeling really great after applying live wallpaper on your Windows 11 PC.

Don’t forget to drop a comment below to share your experience because why not!

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