Award Winner of Mac Informer 5* Editor's Pick Award.
App of the Week in Mac.informer, Macitynet and Macgasm.

"Backgrounds is, as the name implies, a Desktop background utility that truly, madly, deeply thinks different. Instead of merely changing the photo, Backgrounds changes everything" -Mac360

"It is designed for Mac users who want to make the backgrounds of their computer screens more attractive, stylish, and dynamic. This can be done by adding brand new features and helpful widgets to your screen to achieve an exquisite and original desktop appearance." -mac.informer

"Great App! The simplicity yet performance and customization is impressive! Nice job! XB" -Xan Bar

"My favorite thing is that it doesn’t compress video if you choose a video as a wallpaper, so my native 4k videos don’t get degraded." -rkzemke

Your desktop, like never before.

Make your wallpaper more interesting and useful with 7 themes: Music, Parallax, Video, Quartz, System, Time and Web.
Includes a Notification Center Today Widget.
Includes 2 Screen Savers: Glass and Quartz X.

Hide your Desktop icons easily and enjoy your wallpaper. As it’s meant to be.


1) Music: See the artwork of the current track you are hearing as a wallpaper, or a video you have added to Backgrounds that matches the song’s title, artist, album or comments. Excellent for playing music videos.
- Compatible with iTunes, Spotify and Swinsian.

2) Parallax: Give depth to your desktop by moving the cursor.
- Take advantage of your Panoramas and create immersive wallpapers.
- Supports Photos Albums.

3) Video: Play video as your desktop wallpaper. Express yourself with your own videos and live wallpapers.
- Supports Photos Albums.

4) Quartz: Run Quartz Compositions as a wallpaper. Make your own Quartz Compositions or download them.
- Access to iTunes, Spotify and Swinsian current track info.

5) System: Monitor your Mac’s CPU and Network usage.
- Get a glance of your system’s stats from Notification Center with the today widget.

6) Time: Know the time or date from your Desktop.

7) Web: Load a webpage as your wallpaper. Create your own or use an existing one.
- Includes 3D Parallax.

- Notification Center Today Widget: Monitor your CPU and Network usage. Check your Mac’s stats right from the Notification Center, wherever you are, without leaving your apps.

- Quartz X Screen Saver: Run a Quartz Composition while you are away from your Mac. Visualize your music artwork and info when playing music with iTunes, Spotify or Swinsian.

- Glass, a transparent Screen Saver: Lock your Mac and see what it's doing, from your music artwork, to a task in progress, the system status, anything.

- Supports Multiple Monitors with different preferences each.

- You can even combine them. Activate the System and Time widgets so they are always on top, even when you are using other themes.

Enjoy it, spread the love and share it with your friends.

We appreciate your comments. Let us know how we can help you.

What's New

Version 6.2.1

* Fixes an issue that showed a white background in System Widget and Time Widget.

* Now uses the album’s artwork if the song’s artwork is empty.
* Configure the side of the info labels.
* New options for changing and removing a folder.
* Now uses the album’s artwork if the song’s artwork is empty.
* Run a composition at 60 FPS for smoother movement.
* New dynamic colors algorithm.
* Improves the dashboard legibility for small sizes.
Performance optimizations
* Automatically pause a video or a quartz composition when it’s not visible.

* New idle theme option to activate a theme when the system is idle.
* New option to show or hide the app’s icon in the menu bar.
* Show Current Item takes you to the file that’s being used or the current music player.
* Updates the Quartz X screen saver.

* User experience improvements.
* Performance improvements.
* Reliability improvements.
* Bug fixes.

* Improves Parallax reliability for an issue that may cause Parallax to stop updating after waking from sleep.
* Fixes an issue that caused a theme to disappear when exiting full screen.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
20 Ratings
20 Ratings
Tech Dude with Thick Glasses ,

Love the App

I was looking for an app that would play something in the background (Live video) and found this app. It’s a bit different in understanding how the preferences work. Just needs some cleaning up in my opinion but don’t take it for a grain of salt. I love the app and for the price of $1 I would have happily paid $5 for it. Plays videos in the back and did a lot more than I anticipated. The one real big thing I wish it had was more example videos. Developer or Developers please use some of your own videos I think that would be a nice touch to your app! Thank you for your time reading this.

Dogzz888 ,

It’s great but...

I love this for video wallpapers but when I have a video on and play music from itunes it changes the video to the album art. Please change it’s a bit annoying, but other than that this is the best dynamic wallpaper app out there

Developer Response ,

Just open Backgrounds->Preferences go to Themes->iTunes and disable 'Switch to Music Theme when music is playing'

Voenix Rising ,

Things Don’t Work

Even though it’s set to start upon login (which it does), in order to get the Time Theme to appear, I have to manually go in and change it to something else and then change it back to time every single time I log in. The Time Widget doesn’t appear at all.

Developer Response ,

Have you tried to position the Time Widget in the Time Widget Preferences? click the Position button and it should appear at your mouse location.
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Jose Lopez
54 MB
macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Alex Lopez


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