Android: set a solid color as your background and avoid busy wallpapers
Most Android devices ship with beautiful wallpaper images by default that are displayed as the phone's or tablet's background picture. While that is certainly appealing, some users may prefer a less distracting or busy background so that they can concentrate more on browsing the apps on a particular page, or because they prefer things to be minimalistic.
Android does not come with an option to set a solid color as the phone's or tablet's background. If you are used to work with a solid color, like I'm when I'm working on my Windows PC, you may want to find a solution that brings that feature to the Android operating system.
Colors is the application that does so. Once you have installed the application on your system and started it, you are presented with a set of suggested colors that you can apply to the background of your device.
Colors are highlighted with their name, color code and user who submitted them. To install a solid color wallpaper, simply tap on it in the app. This displays a preview of it on the screen. There is not really anything that you can do here though except tapping on the set button to make it the new background color or cancel to go back to the color selection menu.
You can scroll the suggested colors for a while, there are probably a thousand or so available. If you cannot find a suitable color, you may want to use the color picker instead.
Just tap on pick which opens a color wheel on the screen. Here you can pick a custom color that you want to use as your wallpaper on your Android phone.
Here you can tap on the color wheel to pick a color of choice, and modify your selection with a tap on the bar on the right of it. There is unfortunately no option to enter a hex code directly in the interface.
The wallpaper is displayed on the widgets and apps screen of the device afterwards.
If you do not mind starring at a solid color wallpaper image or even like it because it makes the phone's screen look less busy, then you may find that Colors is an excellent application for you as you can use it to set single color backgrounds on your phone or device.
There are not any options on the other hand and the requirement to connect to the Internet to retrieve the color codes from a website is not optimal either. If you can live with that, it is a great choice though.
As some users have mentioned, it is quite possible to create and apply a self-created background image instead. There are a couple of steps that you need to following:
- Find out the resolution of your Android device. The resolution of my Galaxy Note II is 720x1280 for instance.
- Open an image editor like Paint.net for Windows or GIMP.
- Create a new blank image with the right resolution.
- Use the fill color tool to fill the new image with a solid color. Use the color wheel or chooser to pick one.
- Save it to your system and transfer it to your Android device.
- Use the file manager on your device to open the image on it.
- Use the menu button to display the context menu, and select the Set as option to apply it to your home screen, lock screen or both.