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Android 14's AI-generated wallpapers are super fun. Here's how to create them

The latest version of Android includes a built-in AI wallpaper generator. Here's how you can create your own unique images.
Written by Artie Beaty, Contributing Writer
Google Pixel 8 Pro AI Wallpaper
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When Google announced Android 14, one of the biggest developments was the addition of a brand-new generative AI wallpaper tool. Like just about any other AI image creator, users feed in a set of words or prompts, and the AI whips up a completely unique image based on the input.

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While this feature is exclusive to the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro at first, it will be coming to all Android devices soon. In the meantime, who's to stop you from using a third-party image generator to make a wallpaper for your phone? It probably won't be as cool as Android's built-in service, but should be just as practical. 

As for the one that comes with Android 14, the process is rather simple and actually a little fun. While you are limited to certain themes and keywords -- you can't generate an image with your own words, there are enough options for near-endless choices, and even entering the exact same prompt twice in a row will create unique wallpapers.

Here's how to use Android 14's AI wallpaper generator.

How to generate AI wallpapers on Android 14

What you'll need: For now, a Google Pixel 8 or Google Pixel 8 Pro running on Android 14. But ultimately, any device running Android 14. 

1. Access your "Wallpaper & style" settings

To generate an AI wallpaper, head to your "Wallpaper & style" settings. You can get to this either through the Settings app or by tapping and holding on your wallpaper. 

2. Tap on "More wallpapers" and select "AI wallpaper"

You'll see the basic wallpaper options here, but you'll want to go beyond the preset offerings. Tap "More wallpapers."  There's a "Create a Wallpaper" option at the top. Tap "AI wallpaper" under that. 

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3. Choose a theme

You'll have to give the AI a starting point. Choose one of the preset themes like mineral, imaginary, texture, painting, or x-ray. This sets the overall tone for your wallpaper. If you want to change it at any point, tap the drop-down menu at the top.

Google Pixel Android 14 Generative AI Wallpapers

In just a few steps, Android 14 gives you an AI-created wallpaper that's totally unique.

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4. Add keywords

The image generator will now give you a huge list of keywords you can add -- everything from "spaceship" to "castle" to "flower". The keywords are limited to each theme, so you will see certain keywords on one theme that you won't see on another. You can also change the overall color scheme here.

5. Tap "Create Wallpaper"

Once you have the keywords you want, tap "Create wallpaper". The AI will take a few seconds to present your options.

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6. Choose your wallpaper

You'll be given four different options based on the keywords and theme you entered. You can swipe to see them all, and if there's one you like, tap the checkmark on the top right to automatically make it your wallpaper, lock screen, or both. 

The color pallet for your phone will automatically adjust to the wallpaper you select. If you don't like any of the creations, start over. Even if you enter the exact same prompts, you'll get different images.

7. Use "Inspire me" to generate a random wallpaper

If you're not feeling too creative or just want to trust the AI gods to pick your wallpaper for you, click "Inspire me." When you choose that option, AI will generate a wallpaper completely at random.

FAQs

Are AI wallpapers on Android 14 completely customizable?

Unlike other AI image creators, you don't have the option to enter your own phrases and keywords. Android 14 offers about a dozen themes to start, and once you've selected one, a large list of keywords to appear in the image. While it's not 100% customizable, there are more than enough options to keep everyone intrigued.

What Android devices support the AI wallpaper feature?

To start, Google is limiting the AI wallpaper generation feature to the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones. But the feature will be rolling out to other devices over time, and ultimately should be available on any device operating Android 14. 

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