** 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.
Available up to Catalina.

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 9.0

Backgrounds 9 brings full support for macOS Big Sur, expands Scripting support, includes new features for pausing playback in the Video theme, ability to add multiple URLs, reorder items and video playback options for the Web theme and more. This update also includes improvements and bug fixes.

• Idle Theme settings are now configurable per screen
• Adds Hide Other Apps to the menu bar icon and Dock menu
• Adds new options to the contextual menu for Music, Video, Quartz and Web to Enter or Exit Full Screen

• Loop, shuffle and mute properties are now assigned per playlist
• Includes new options for pausing a video
- Pause a video when on battery, CPU usage is high or an app is open
• Adds new options to the contextual menu to Play or Pause a video
• Includes Dark mode version of the default video animation

• Improves default rich text formats

• Rebuilt to allow new features
- Add multiple Web URLs along with folders
- Reorder Web Items
• Loop and mute video on YouTube

• Expands support to more features
• Adds the new commands to the included example script

• ⇧ Shift-double-click to show the music player in Music
• ⌥ Option-double-click to show the current file in Video, Quartz, Web and video files in Music

macOS 11 Big Sur
• Backgrounds is now fully compatible with macOS Big Sur
• New app icon designed for Big Sur

• User experience and UI improvements
• Performance improvements

• Fixes an issue that prevented colors from being changed for System
• Fixes an issue that would cause the Music Theme to crash

Have any feedback? Let us know at or tweet us @BackgroundsMac

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

chshch_8a ,

Great app

works well, great functions. Just have a small bug that some time the background in macos will works like a full screen picture which may block other apps if you bring it to front(it usually happened when it recovered from full screen mode).

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.

enthusiastic nerd guy ,

best video wallpaper app I've used...

this app works great at displaying videos as wallpaper, and ive used several other apps so far. the only bug I have found is that when I try to use the Music function, the app always crashes, so far deleting and reinstalling, resetting the app, changing settings, etc havent fixed the problem. Other than that, everything else works really well, if this bug werent there I'd say this was just about perfect!

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