How to Use an Animated GIF as Your Wallpaper in Windows 10 Computers.
How to Use an Animated GIF as Your Wallpaper: If you are bored or tired of seeing the same static wallpaper on your Windows 10 desktop, then here is something that will interest you. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can get a more lively background for your PC, using a GIF as wallpaper.
When you finish downloading the program, double-click on the setup file to start installing it.
Set your installation directory from Browse (The default location is C:\BioniX Wallpaper\), you can leave the default if you’re not sure what to do here and then click Install.
After the installation is done, click Ok to accept the License Agreement.
Choose the Full user interface and then click Close (You will be able to change that later so no worries).
Now to focus on adjusting your settings, you should click the Stop button to stop any automatic wallpaper changes for the moment.
In the Playlist tab, click the Clear playlist button in order to remove all the imported media files from you computer.
Now you have a clean playlist, drag, and drop the GIF wallpaper into the blank playlist (you can actually add more than one and the program will switch between them automatically – see next step).
Adjust the timing in case you have more than one wallpaper in your playlist and then click on the Play button to start the wallpaper timer. If you don’t press the play button then it won’t automatically change the backgrounds. Click on the ‘Shuffle mode‘ checkbox if you want to be surprised by the order of the background changes.
Also let’s adjust the wallpaper size from its tab. Many choices are available there: you can use the original size of the wallpaper, you can also choose to fit and fill it. If you plan to use the fill option then you can adjust the maximum enlargement you want. Beware that small GIFs can get pixelated when enlarged.
If you would like to add some online wallpaper/s from a specific website, there’s a way to do so. Also there is a special tool to get wallpapers from Flickr. You can do both of these things from the Tools menu as shown below.
Also if you want to control which monitor(s) you want to manage using the program, open the Monitor tab, set each monitor by number and then click Apply.
Click on the Start button to start the whole thing.
Here you are. Your GIF wallpapers will now work perfectly as long as the application is running. Note that minimizing the application will not exit it while Close will.
If you want to stop your GIF wallpaper’s animation or maybe return control of the wallpapers to Windows, right-click on the BioniX icon and choose Close BioniX.
Plastuer is another solution to make your GIF wallpaper work, it’s available as PWYW (Pay What You Want) with a minimum of 2 USD. We have tried it ourselves and it’s almost the same as BioniX but we found its interface more friendly and elegant.
How to download Plastuer?
Go to http://plastuer.com/ and scroll down until you reach the bottom of the webpage and input the amount of money you would like to pay with a minimum of 2 USD and then click on the Buy now button.
Now enter your personal email because after you finish the PayPal transaction, they will send you the download link. Click Confirm.
How to run and use Plastuer?
If you noticed, we said “run and use” without mentioning installing, and that’s because Plastuer doesn’t need any installation, it’s a portable program which requires no installations to work.
In general, the user interface is pretty easy and it takes you step-by-step. We really liked how smoothly it went. Let’s take a look:
Right-click on the downloaded zip file and choose Extract all.
Choose the location where you want to extract this file and then click Extract.
In the extracted folder, double-click on Plastuer.exe to launch the program.
We will begin by selecting the monitors we would like to control via Plastuer.
Click Select File to choose the GIF you want to set as your desktop wallpaper. If you want to add the GIF URL directly because you don’t have it on your local computer, just paste it in the top bar and go so step 7.
Browse to the GIF’s location, select the wanted GIF and then click Open.
Now, click Save.
Choose the wallpaper layout and the background color that might appear behind the GIF.
Now you have set your wallpaper, but back to step 5 and let’s Create a Playlist.
You can now browse and select the wallpapers you want to add to your playlist and you can past a URL and the program will add the online wallpaper to the playlist immediately.
Don’t forget that you will have to choose the layout and the background color for every wallpaper you add.
After your playlist is ready, click Save.
Choose the location where the playlist will be saved, give it a name and then click Save.
Click Save to start working using your playlist.
Determine the duration of each wallpaper in the playlist and whether to shuffle or to stick to the order. This can be done through the checkbox. Now click Save.
Finally the program offers some free wallpapers in its gallery, if you want to choose among them, go to the main menu and click Browse Gallery.
You can now choose from a variety of wallpapers.
That’s it. Your GIF wallpapers will now work perfectly as long as the application is running. You can make sure it’s running in the bottom-right corner of your screen. You can also skip the current wallpaper to the following one by right-clicking on the icon and choosing Change wallpaper.
Using Stardock DeskScapes
Stardock DeskScapes is a paid but much more polished and sophisticated alternative to BioniX Animated Wallpaper. Turning GIFs into wallpapers is only one of the many features BioniX Animated Wallpaper has to offer, but Stardock DeskScapes is designed specifically to turn GIF files into desktop backgrounds, which is why it is, in a number of different ways, better at it as compared to its opposition. Stardock DeskScapes is a much more powerful tool for the job.
If you believe turning GIFs into wallpapers with ease and comfort is an endeavor worth paying for, Stardock DeskScapes will cost you $10. You won’t be getting into anything blind, however – Stardock DeskScapes also offers a free 30-day trial so that potential customers can learn exactly what Stardock DeskScapes is about and decide if it’s something they’d be willing to spend cold hard cash on.