Android: set a solid color as your background and avoid busy wallpapers

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 1, 2013
Updated • Jul 1, 2013
Apps, Google Android

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.

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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.

Manual Way

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:

  1. Find out the resolution of your Android device. The resolution of my Galaxy Note II is 720x1280 for instance.
  2. Open an image editor like for Windows or GIMP.
  3. Create a new blank image with the right resolution.
  4. Use the fill color tool to fill the new image with a solid color. Use the color wheel or chooser to pick one.
  5. Save it to your system and transfer it to your Android device.
  6. Use the file manager on your device to open the image on it.
  7. 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.

Tutorials & Tips

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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