Looking for a fun and easy way to spice up your Windows desktop? You should try to use a GIF wallpaper. It’s a nice balance between the more intensive nature of video wallpapers and the high static quality of a standard image.
While it can be easy to set GIF wallpaper on smartphones, Windows doesn’t natively support it, so you have to rely on third-party software. Here’s how to use a GIF as your wallpaper in Windows 10.
How to set a GIF wallpaper on Windows 10 using Plastuer
Plastuer can help you set GIFs, videos, and HTML5 webpages as your wallpaper. It uses WebGL and the open source Chromium browser to render animation on the desktop.
It costs $ 5 and the download link will be sent to your email address. You only have one hour before the download link expires, so don’t wait. However, once you download the ZIP, you can run Plastuer indefinitely.
The software supports multiple monitors. On launch, it detects your monitors and you can choose which one you want to use your animated GIF wallpaper on.
Once you have selected a monitor, there are several ways you can choose an animated GIF.
Use the url field to point it to a source for a GIF (we’ve listed some good GIF providers later in this article).
You can also add multiple URLs with the Create a playlist field.
Click on the Choose the folder option to choose a GIF file from your PC.
Otherwise, choose Browse the gallery to select a GIF in the Plasterer gallery.
You can turn off the active wallpaper at any time by clicking the button Disable wallpaper button.
You can also access the settings (click on the button sliding buttons icon top right) and set the wallpaper behavior when a full screen or a maximized app like a movie or game is activated. By default, Plastuer automatically detects full screen and maximized apps to pause animations and conserve your RAM.
To download: Plasticize ($ 5)
How to set GIF wallpaper on Windows 10 using BioniX Wallpaper Changer
BioniX Wallpaper Changer is software that offers all kinds of customization options. You can create themes, quickly send wallpapers to your friends, download wallpapers in bulk, etc. For our purposes, we’re going to focus on the feature that lets you set a GIF as your wallpaper.
Download and install the software. It will launch automatically. When it does, press Ctrl + F to browse for a local GIF file on your computer. Otherwise, press Insert to enter a GIF URL.
Once your image is loaded in the playlist section, double click to set it as your Windows desktop wallpaper. The change will take place immediately.
You don’t have to stick to just one GIF. You can load more than one into the playlist. Then proceed to Countdown tab to choose how often the wallpaper changes. You can also use the To mix together toggle if you want the wallpapers to display in random order.
To download: BioniX wallpaper changer (To free)
How to set a GIF wallpaper on Windows 10 using Rainmeter
Rainmeter is one of the most popular desktop personalization software. Although it can be used to set up an animated GIF wallpaper on Windows, the process is complicated for the new user.
If you want to take the challenge, check out our guide on how to use an animated GIF wallpaper with Rainmeter.
However, unless you want a really advanced solution, stick with the other methods described above.
Create your own GIF wallpapers
One of the easiest ways to make your own animated GIF wallpaper is to start with a video. GIF tools like Giphy’s GIF maker can convert your videos to animated GIFs.
Alternatively, you can download them from sites such as:
Make sure your system is powerful enough for GIF wallpaper
Beware that live wallpapers can surprisingly eat up a lot of your computer’s resources to render graphics. The richer the animation, the more resource intensive it will be. If you notice that your system is slowing down, live wallpapers could be the culprit; if so, delete it and see if your system returns to normal.
However, if you have a capable graphics card and adequate system memory (at least 4 GB), GIF and video wallpapers are a nice upgrade for your desktop.
You can then go full blast with live wallpapers and animated background software for Windows as well.
Want to brighten up your Windows 10 desktop with live backgrounds and wallpapers? Here is what you need to do.
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