** No. 1 in the Lifestyle category of the Mac App Store **
** 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, Clock 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.


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.

Give depth to your desktop by moving the cursor.
• Take advantage of your Panoramas and create immersive wallpapers.
• Supports Photos Albums.

Play video as your desktop wallpaper. Express yourself with your own videos and live wallpapers.
• Supports Photos Albums.

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

Monitor your Mac’s CPU and Network usage.
• Get a glance of your system’s stats from Notification Center with the today widget.

Know the time or date right from your Desktop.

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.

Screen Savers
• Quartz X: 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 Clock widgets so they are always on top, even when you are using other themes.
• Set an idle theme so when your Mac is idle it automatically activates a theme even in full screen so you can watch a video, see your music artwork, the system stats and more.

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 8.1

Backgrounds 8.1 expands Scripting Bridge support and updates the Glass and Quartz X screen savers. This update also includes improvements and bug fixes.

Scripting Bridge
• Expands the methods supported
• Includes AppleScripts Examples in the Help > Developer menu

• CPU and Network gauges can now be disabled

Screen Savers
• Updates Glass and Quartz X
• Brings music information support to Quartz X on macOS Catalina
• Quartz X adds support for Spotify and Swinsian on macOS Catalina

• Adds ⇧⌘S shortcut to enable or the disable the current theme

• User experience, UI and general improvements

Have any feedback? We'd love to hear it at or tweet us @BackgroundsMac

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Vertang ,

it keep crashing

when ever i open this app it just keep crashing and when it opened it go on crash after few minets

Developer Response ,

Try opening it while holding Option (alt). It should restore the default preferences.
Do you have more information to help us diagnose it? What theme are you using? Have you tried deleting the preferences? What Mac are you using?

RejectedChaff3 ,

when i select the quartz option in the menu bar it crash

the quartz option in the menu bar doesn't work, only for a few seconds. please fix the quartz option in the menu bar it keep crashing and and won't let me open and can't select a different option.

Developer Response ,

Have you tried a different Quartz composition? Which one are you using?

jihop6u ,

Beautiful perfect

will be better
1. web can play YouTube in full screen
2. video can play mlv, so any thing other than mp4


Jose Lopez
77.5 MB

macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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