Muzei has only been in the Play Store for about a day, but there are already a few excellent extensions that can pipe in more content. By default Muzei shows a new piece of art as the background every day, but it also includes the option to use images on your device. Extensions for sources like 500px and Reddit have already popped up, which seems to point to a bright future for Muzei.

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500px might be one of the more hotly anticipated image sources – some comments on the original post speculated about it. This site hosts a huge number of high-quality photos, many of which are just right for backgrounds. This extension doesn't have any settings to narrow the content – it's just popular images. You can, however, cycle through the pics until you find something you like.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a feed run by NASA with a new space-themed image each day. There are no settings, and you can't skip around to get older pics through this extension. You get whatever the current APOD is. Most of them are good for backgrounds, but every now and then NASA puts up a video or something with graphs and whatnot all over it. There's also a second APOD extension that seems to have pretty similar features.

The (unofficial) Reddit addon lets you pick any sub to pull the pictures from (presumably the 'what's hot' list). You can set whichever sub you like – the default is /r/earthporn, but you could find some sort of human porn sub if you want (I hear that exists on the internet). This extension also lets you page through images until you find one you like.

The Tumblr extension is a lot like the Reddit one – you can pick your favorite Tumblr blog to pipe in images. The default is Humans of New York, which is kind of fun and different as a background. You can skip around the list of images with the arrow button to find one you like.

Flickr pics are also accessible with a new extension, but this one doesn't have you link up a specific profile. Instead, you enter a search term. The default is 'landscapes,' which works well for backgrounds. Again, this one supports skipping images until you find one you want to use.

Remember to tap on the descriptions of images in these extensions – they will usually load up the page the image came from. These are all standalone apps, but developers of established apps might start bundling Muzei enxtensions like they do for DashClock (we can only hope). You can also tweak the blur and dim effects on all extensions. That's a feature of Muzei, not the extensions. 

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    extensions for the win

  • PietPi3t
    • Jonnyw2k

      That fist release!

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      LOL sweet, but my wife would really not approve... :-D

      • PietPi3t

        I said to mine when I create the extention "don't worry honey it's only for developpement..." lol

      • Eric

        Just keep it super blurry when she's around and double tap as needed :)

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob


    • RyanWhitwam

      I didn't bother to put that one in because it's just a Tumblr blog. You can use the Tumblr one to get that and more.

      • PietPi3t

        Yep but I think an individual extention for this kind of content is necessary. The Tumblr extention mention content rating "Everyone" and mine is "High maturity". I'm not sure this kind of picture are for everyone.

        If the extention works well, I'll probably add more pictures provider choice from other platform. If you could help me a little, it would be really nice for the future :D

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    • mrjayviper

      Item not found... apk please?

  • Guest

    I like Chainfire's 500 firepaper app more.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I'm quite intrigued by this app but i already use Chainfires's 500 firepaper live wallpaper, does this offer more value?

    • navjot

      I like how this one allows you to add the blur effect. To see the original image, you can double tap.

  • Kevin Slawinski

    The most recent beta of Reddit Sync includes Muzei support.

  • SNCB

    And an instagram ext just showed up as well. (Think I also saw one for foursquare...) The 2 space pic ones has me wondering if there's gonna be a ton of duplicates and how hard it will be to find the best working ones.

    • Thomas’

      Great, it was always my dream to have a picture of a different petrol station in the sunset as my wallpaper each day.

      • Matthew Fry

        With filters.

      • bicx

        It's funny you should say that. I'm the developer of the Foursquare extension, and even I have a hard time taking it seriously. I was trying to record a demo vid and this is what I got, haha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2exak5GUVg (music obviously added after realizing how pathetic it was)

      • bicx

        Haha, I'm the developer for the Foursquare extension, and you're actually quite right on that one. I tried to take a demo vid for the Play store, but it kept pulling photos of a gas station, barbecue joints, and selfies at the barber shop. It was a fun project through. Right now, my back ground is a local Chinese restaurant. So sexy.

  • Dominic Powell

    The most recent beta of Paperboy RSS reader has integrated it as well... Will enable any RSS feed / blog to provide an image source shortly. Apod, nature pod, building pod etc.

  • navjot

    The latest beta versions of reddit sync (free/pro/dev) all include support for this as well. Both the subreddit and interval are configurable.

  • MichellBak

    Hi guys! Just added an update for the 500px extension, so you can choose between data sources (Popular, Fresh, Upcoming and Editors'), categories (28 different ones) and set the refresh interval. The update will be available within a few hours.

  • njinstantkarma

    Is there a way to sync with my google photos. Would also be great if we could add more times to change every minute or every 5 minutes... vs 1 hour... or jsut have it change every 30 seconds while the screen is on

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Installed the 500px extension, pretty sweet. Wish I could have it cycle through the photos I have liked though. Not seeing that ability, is it there and I just missed it?

  • dcdttu

    Flickr not compatible with N5? Whoops.

    • Nicolas POMEPUY

      Which one? I am the developer of Flickr for Muzei and I develop on a N5.

  • Ryan Callihan

    I've been using this app for a few days with my own photos. I've got it set to rotate between some of my own photos every hour, but it rarely works, and usually results in a black screen after a couple of hours. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  • Patrick Thompson

    Reddit Sync Dev also just updated to add an extension, which does the same as the Muzei - Reddit pics extension but doesn't require a new app.

  • Ryan

    how do you cycle through pictures?

  • Matthew Fry

    Wow! You extension devs are fast! Good work.

  • bicx

    I was a little late to the party, but I just launched a Foursquare extension for Muzei called Fourzei (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fourzei). As it refreshes, it updates with nearby photos. It's an early beta and I haven't tested it with many devices, so I'd love to get some feedback.

  • MarkG54321

    Just released mine - Free.


    National Geographic Picture Of The Day.

    Might take a wile to appear on Google Play. Enjoy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl
  • Bradley Ruiz

    Just made mine, hope it gets added to the article :P or at least someone likes it


    For movie fans :)

  • Vipsy
  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.infli Emmanuel Boudrant

    Another extension just release, Inflikr for Flickr + Muzei, a great Flick client that embed Muzei extension (set, group, insterestingness, people, photostream, contact upload...). but no cats !


  • Sam Wright

    I think the SI Swimsuit extension is the best! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unchained.siswimsuit

  • http://luongbui.com/ Luong Bui

    Here is an extension I made, with a serie of illustrations. It is offline and open source.