Splashify desktop wallpaper browser for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2017

Splashify is a free software program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to browse desktop wallpapers, download them and set them as the background image.

There are so many wallpaper programs out there that it is hard to keep an overview. All support browsing images locally, and to download and set selected ones as the desktop background image.

This pretty much sums up what Splashify is all about. You can run it without installation, and browse lists of images from Unsplash that are divided into the sections curated, popular, latest, and search.

The program is super easy to use. Use the mouse to browse the available images; once you have found one, click on it to display it in the program window. You can then click on the "set wallpaper" button right away to set it as the desktop wallpaper.

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The program downloads the wallpaper image, resizes it so that it matches the desktop resolution, and sets it as the wallpaper image.

This is pretty much all of the functionality that Splashify offers at this point in time.  The only other options you have are to resize the entire interface (zoom in or out), and to click on a link to open creator's profile page on the Unsplash website.

The program has two main issues: first, that it will resize the image automatically without you having any control over the process. This means often that the image is cut and not displayed in full on the desktop. The program lacks a full download button sorely, and the only way around this is to locate the image on the Unsplash website by following the creator link and browsing all photos published by the profile. There is no direct link to the image on Unsplash, so that this is your only option.

Considering that the program is quite large for what it does, it has a download size of more than 30 Megabytes, you may prefer to visit Unsplash directly to browse and download photos on the site directly.

The site has more to offer on top of that, as you may browse collections that cover topics such as "moon and stars", "Christmas, snow and winter", or "Yosemite".

Closing Words

Splashify is not a bad program, but it lacks features that would make it a viable alternative to using the Unsplash website directly. These include downloading the wallpaper image without resizing, adding more repositories to the application, and adding automation features to it that rotate wallpapers regularly.

Now You: do you use programs to download wallpapers?

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  1. Wayfarer said on December 17, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Tons of advice on the net against using wallpaper changers. They’re not for everyone and it’s true they tend to be a resource hog. But that kind of avoids the fact that many of us regard our PCs as devices that should do what WE want rather than what others want.

    I have – courtesy of 30 years collecting – a HUGE wallpapers file. From my point of view a continual pleasure in looking at changed images (from art to travel, from science fiction to the occasional nipple) each time I switch on my PC. And isn’t that (in the home at least) what our devices are for?

    This particular wallpaper app – for me – is a no-no. A good wallpaper app accesses your own stored files, preferably without internet access or duplicate storage, and just changes them randomly.

    The very best application I’ve ever found for this is Automatic Wallpaper Changer from Steve Murphy Software. Simple, reliable and effective – though sadly neither the website nor software seem to be supported any more. Happily it still seems to work with Win10.

  2. KeZa said on December 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Don’t forget the Really Slick Screensavers with this one but here I cannot play it so you must have a really good gaming card in your pc to play this… http://www.reallyslick.com/screensavers/downloads.html

    ps. it consumes a lot of power so it’s not really a ‘saver’ :)

    Kz from Belgium

  3. Dave said on December 14, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Martin, did you get paid to put this story on your site?

    I can’t think of any other reason to advertise software that does what can already be done easier with with programs baked into the os.

    No offense intended, I’m just curious. For the most part I love your site and the info I gain from it but some posts just leave me puzzled.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 14, 2017 at 6:21 am

      I never get paid to post.

  4. ZzzZombi said on December 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    It would be great if it changed wallpaper on set intervals. Using a software just to download and set a wallpaper is kind of pointless when I can just browse to the site in my own environment.

    That being said, Tabliss addon for Firefox, grabs a new image from unsplash for the new tab page, if you’re not using new tab for anything else.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, it is held back by its lite feature set. There is hope though that improvements are implemented that make it a better choice when it comes to wallpapers. I will adjust the rating when that happens.

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