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I was intrigued when I came across an ad for the Live Wallpapers. I downloaded the app to see what it was all about. I took the 3-day trial and downloaded a number of images. Using their instructions, I installed one of the Live Photo’s on the Lock Screen of my iPhone 7 Plus. As I did this I discovered that using Live Photos as wallpaper is actually a feature of the iPhone 6 and newer. I didn’t need an app to install them which is what I thought Live Wallpapers Now was designed to do. You don’t need the app to install a Live Photo on your lock screen. What Live Wallpapers Now does do is give you access to a library of live photos which you can download to your photo library. The images range from abstract, animals, nature, florals, science, sunsets, underwater scenes. Some are stunning with time-lapsed frames others pan across scenery or catch movement with animals. It also appears like you can upload your best Live Photo’s to their library. Which leads me to the point that, if you are a decent iPhone Live picture photographer, you can use your own photos. However the issue which I must caution you is that continued access after the 3-day trail to the premium content also comes at a premium price of $7.99/month which you are AUTOMATICALLY SUBSCRIBED TO! Personally, I wasn’t interested, nor would I even change my lock screen often enough to warrant paying such a price! I made sure my subscription was cancelled immediately.
I downloaded to check it out. They immediately ask you to sign up for a description. I click NO THANKS. Then I get hit with ad (no big deal, They said there would be ads with free account). Then I swipe to see next wallpaper. Guess what? Another ad. Then I swipe for another... yup... another ad. I went to close the ad and instead it opened up into iTunes for me to download the ad app (although I know I clicked the X to close). I go back to the app, and the same ad app pops up. I try to close, and it goes to iTubes (again). I force quit for app, start it back up, and it again asks me if I want a subscription or try for free. I choose free (again), but then it takes me to iTunes to buy. I exit iTunes and and I click NO THANKS again, and it (again) takes me to iTunes to buy. I try one more time, and as you expect... iTunes. The NO THANKS link is at the bottom. The 2 Buy buttons are at the top and middle. It’s not difficult to hit the NO THANKS link and I can see it change colors when I select it, but the link goes to the store instead. They obviously programmed it this way, hoping someone would just pay the $2 so they can check out the app more. I would have been happy to pay for the app or even sign up for a subscription, but I was never able to actual try the app. Plus, I can’t support a developer who deliberately tries to trick their users. You can’t, and shouldn’t, trust such a developer.
I only used the app for a minute so far and every single action I took except for saving the first wallpaper in the carousel triggered the subscription screen. And the close button doesn’t appear for a couple seconds, which is a very bad practice and inconsiderate to users. And since I wasn’t able to tap on any of the wallpaper images in the carousel, I’m assuming it’s not possible to download any other wallpaper than the first one unless I subscribe. Overall, the app doesn’t give the user a chance to explore a little bit before deciding whether to subscribe or not. Why would I invest in something before having an idea of the value I will get out of it? Especially if my initial interaction is frustrating... Also, why would I pay $7.99 per week to download wallpapers? I would understand having in-app purchases like $0.99 for 3 wallpapers, but recurring payments is unnecessary and a bit insane in my opinion. How many wallpapers do I need to download and and use to get my money’s worth from the app? I also found the intro screens weird and unnecessary. The fact that how to set a wallpaper was explained to me as soon as I opened the app made me wonder whether this app has a different and hard way to set wallpapers. Everyone knows how to set a wallpaper. And if someone doesn’t, I’m sure they’re not going to worry about it until after they choose and download one.
I downloaded this app because I loved the idea of moving wallpapers. When I got into the app, it went through all the normal app procedures, start your free trial, how to download your wallpapers, etc., and I easily got through that. So I was browsing the wallpapers in the free section because I didn’t want to buy member contract, and I started downloading some of the wallpapers. I soon realized that you could download member wallpapers by just waiting two minutes and I downloaded about 2 of them. Before I decided to put the wallpapers up, I looked in my photos and looked at the wallpapers. I realized that they weren’t moving in the photos and I thought this was a bit peculiar because if pictures weren’t moving in my camera roll, then how would they work in my lock and home screens. I kinda dismissed the thought and then went to my settings, to the wallpaper section, and put one of my favorite papers on from the free section and turned off my phone to see the paper. The wallpaper wasn’t moving at all. Now, the rest of app was OK, there was a lot of ads and I thought that the member section had a little bit too much power. The problem with the entire app was that thing that they were focusing on didn’t work at all. I’m not sure if I am not doing something wrong but I kept on turning on and off my phone and the wallpapers wouldn’t work. Overall, not a very good app.
Who do these people think they are? I downloaded it because it looks great. The first wallpaper took over a minute to load on my IOS 8+. Of course after the initial instructions on how to operate the app, their “Premium, Ad free version” pops up. Of course I’m going to say no first, I’m just checking it out, plus they want $8/month... seriously?! For wallpaper? Maybe .99 cents, but $8 bucks lol, well above the proper price point. At any rate, I tried to cycle through their wallpapers to see what actual value they have (I’m not Bout to go through the pain of their 3 day trial period and have to cancel right after... who knows what nefarious loopholes they want to make you jump through to finally cancel). But, every-time I try to view another wall paper, NOPE, I get another AD, and their live wall paper was live for but 3 seconds and stops. Really? That’s it? Doesn’t even loop? Sad, just sad and pathetic. I mean really, this is all just a strong arm tactic for you to do their “free trial” to then either forget and get billed or have a ton of loopholes to jump through just to cancel. RED FLAG here! If the app was a straight up purchase of $4.99, no monthly fees, and the “live” portion was a loop of at least 10-20 seconds, and worked well, then I would have probably bought it. But nope, not with this nefarious strong arm method, and you get my bad review on top of it.
# Get COOL Live Wallpapers for your iPhone. FREE daily updates! #
Make your lock screen come alive. Optimized for iPhone Xs, Xs Max, X, 8, 7, 6s and iOS 12. Download now!
Discover unique collection of interactive and incredible backgrounds, carefully designed for you.
Impress friends and make your iPhone look inimitable! Make unique wallpapers out of your videos with Live Photo Maker!
Find everything your Lock Screen desires in one app!
IMPORTANT: Live animations work only on 3D-touch devices.
Without 3D Touch, you can only set Live Wallpapers as non-animated.
*Categories for every taste: Calendars, Cities, Animals, Nature, Underwater, Flowers, Quotes, Abstracts, and more
*Regular special collections of content for each holiday and calendars for each month
*Diverse Calendars for every month
*Bright and funny animations of highest resolution quality
*Daily updates. Minimum 7+ of new animations coming every week! Change wallpapers literally every day!
*Free iMessage stickers for funnier conversations
*Live Photo Maker. Turn your videos into awesome live wallpapers!
*Share your favorite wallpapers with friends!
*Exclusive Widgets for a quick check on fresh content in New, Popular and Free categories.
*Cache Clear. Easily free up your device space and speed up the app
*Auto-start video preview for animated wallpapers in full screen slide mode
*Step-by-step instruction for easy use
*One-tap download to Camera Roll
*Siri Shortcuts - Tap once or easily use voice to get to any category to choose a new theme. Or quickly get to the favorite tools — Live Photo Maker or Color Search.
*Color Search - Simply capture any object with your camera. The app will define main colors on the picture and offer live themes with the same or closely related colors.
HOW TO USE
*Save the wallpapers you like the most to your Camera Roll
*Set the animations as Live Photo wallpapers for your Lock Screen
*Touch and hold your Lock Screen to watch animation move!
Get the most of your iPhone's lock screen with live wallpapers! No hesitation, get it now!
SUBSCRIPTION PRICING AND TERMS
Upgrade to the Premium Membership and unlock content, features and remove ads!
Choose one of the following subscription options:
- 1 week recurring subscription for $1.99 after 7-day free trial
- 1 week recurring subscription for $3.99 / $7.99 after 3-day free trial
- 1 month recurring subscription for $3.99 / $9.99 / $19.99
- 1 year recurring subscription for $19.99 / $29.99 / $49.99
* The price is for US customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on the country of residence.
* Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
* Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
* Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
* Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
* Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
Notifications - Allow notifications to receive all news about the app, new content, updates
Photos - Allow to import backgrounds you like and set them to your Lock Screen