ZX Spectrum Live Wallpaper

ZX Spectrum Live Wallpaper


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The original Spectrum Live Wallpaper and still the best!

NEW! Try the free version of this app, ZXSpectrum Live Wallpaper Lite.

Before the iPad 2, the Playstation 3 and even before the 16 bit micros like the Amiga, there were the 8-bit home micro computers. One of the most popular of these, at least in the U.K., was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Relive the nostalgic, glory days of computing by selecting from thousands of pictures on World of Spectrum website from within the app. Classic games such as Jetpac and Jet Set Willy.

ZX Spectrum Live Wallpaper is a way of re-living the 80's.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum loading screens can be shown as if they are loading from tape. Images can be obtained from different sources,

World Of Spectrum
LIVE Spectrum Camera Mode!!

Images can be used as they are (full colour) or "Spectrumized" into 256x192x8 colours. There is also the feature to convert the live camera image into Spectrum style graphics in realtime (better on high end devices).

Select pictures of yourself and see how you would look on a Spectrum! Select existing pictures from the gallery.

Pictures are randomly chosen from list you set up and loaded as if on a real ZX Spectrum. Try watching the live wallpaper without making the noises!

Try it! Even if you don't know what a Spectrum is but just want an unusual way of using pictures in your gallery as a live wallpaper.

Want to try this app for free? Try the Lite version.


If you buy it and then cancel, can you please give me feedback as to what was wrong/missing, so I can make improvements to the application.



Added confirmation request to delete button.


Added a warning to the Spectrum Live Camera Mode.


Stability improvements to the Spectrum Live Camera Mode. Thanks to people who submitted crash reports. Let me know how you get on with the new version.


More camera stability improvements.

Improve memory usage when selecting image from the gallery to stop crash on lower end devices.

Reduce battery consumption.

Minor crash protection fix.

Fixed crash on some devices.

Implemented previous image scrolling to address the fact that the image doesn't take up the full screen on portrait devices. Note, I have also changed the default image position to the bottom of the screen, this makes the scrolling seem more natural.
Also fixed long-standing potential crash (that was showing up on jellybean) where a source GIF wasn't being decoded correctly.


As requested, added the option to show flashing border when waiting for the next picture to load.

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Recently changed in this version

Fixed access to World of Spectrum website.


As requested, added the option to show flashing border when waiting for the next picture to load.

Comments and ratings for ZX Spectrum Live Wallpaper
  • (70 stars)

    by Thomas summers on 17/04/2015

    This wallpaper seems a great idea.....if it worked.I set everything up and within seconds,screen goes blank and I get the " unfortunately the app has stopped working". If this gets sorted,I would give it more stars as it is good( if it worked)

  • (70 stars)

    by an gryspacboy on 25/05/2013

    Although my computer as a youngster was an Amstrad 464, my mate had a speccy, and they were both tape loaders, so this is retro gold for me. Don't suppose you have any plans for a 464 version? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

  • (70 stars)

    by Ian Rawlings on 29/03/2013

    At first I thought this might be too distracting or eat too much power but I've quickly grown used to it and to enjoy the occasional grin as a favourite comes up. I use FolderSync and Dropbox to sync the image directory between devices which works well. Like all live wallpapers it will show up in your power usage at first as you play with it but after a few days once you stop fiddling, the power