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36 Best App Background Design Examples & Resources in 2020

Jan 10, 2020

A beautiful and effective background or pattern design for mobile apps does keep users focus on app UI content. It will also improve the overall visual appeal, creating an immersive mobile app design. 

2019 saw many new trends in app background or pattern design, such as backgrounds using videos, abstract geometrics, blurred images, and custom illustrations and many more. 

However, as an app designer, how can you follow these trends to create a fashionable and effective background or pattern design for your mobile app project?

Here, we've selected 36 of the best app background design examples and free resources. We hope you will find some inspiration for the list.

1. iDao App Background

Designer: The MakeApp

App category: Learning app

Highlights: Chinese style; foggy effects

iDao App is a fresh learning app for users to learn about ancient Chinese knowledge of humankind and the world around us. 

It has a very beautiful watercolor style background. The layered fog that flows with the gentle breezes also makes this app more immerse and mysterious, just like the ancient Taoist culture.

Design tips

Use eye-catching visual effects to personalize your app background 

For example, glowing, foggy or changing color gradient effects will improve your background design. The Chinese style will also make it easy to stand out from the crowd. 

2. Mobile Phone Background

Designer: JAM

App category: Novel reading, art or drawing app

Highlights: Illustration background; humorous painting style

Creative and eye-catching illustrations are being used more and more for mobile app background designs in recent years. An illustration customized for your mobile app helps retain the user's attention easily. 

This trend can also be seen in Mobile Phone Background, many funny custom illustrations are used as the app backgrounds. The designer is inspired by famous paintings from all over the world. They are redesigned in a very humorous way. This is fantastic. 

Whether you are designing artwork for a novel or a drawing app, you are sure to find inspiration in these background designs.

Design tips:

Add custom illustrations to tell a story and enrich your app backgrounds

There is no denying that a good custom illustration can create a truly eye-catching design. It also gives you an opportunity to tell a story about your brand, company or product in a more interesting way. 

So, why not try some custom illustrations to enrich your app backgrounds?

3. Arabic World App Background

Designer: Andrei Honcharuk

App category: Travel app

Highlights: Overlapping graphic elements; Color gradients 

Arabic World App Background is another illustration-based background design for mobile apps. Unlike the previous one that used rich colors, this one uses a monochrome color scheme. Orange with different opacities that allow different graphic elements to stand out and be layered with each other.

These overlapping graphic elements include some wonderful Arab landscapes that give a real sense of space. Perfect for a travel app!

Design tips:

Use overlapping graphic elements to improve your background designs

The UI for a mobile app is often too limited a space for designers, like you, to really showcase their talents. But if you want to create a feeling of depth within the limited space of the app screen, overlapping elements can make a real difference. 

You can also animate these overlapping graphic elements to create a more engaging app UIs.

 4. Nature Encyclopedia App

Designer: Tubik Studio

App category: Educational app

Highlights: Dark theme

Nature Encyclopedia App is an educational mobile app devoted to nature and exploration. It uses a very trendy dark mode to make its UI content stand out. 

The extensive use of black is balanced perfectly by highlights in yellow of e.g. the numbers, graphics, and animations, which keep the user’s focus on the content, making it more immersive. 

Design tips: 

Use black backgrounds to highlight your app UI content

Dark mode becomes very popular these days. The black background design is also very fashionable. It helps create a higher contrast radio, making users unconsciously focusing on shown UI content. 

However, this will only happen if you get your black color scheme just right. Yellow and black, white and black, or red and black are good choices for an effective color scheme. 

As a designer, you will understand the power of color better than most. You will know what color scheme will suit your UI background perfectly. 

You also have the option to add a black background with different textures to improve your app designs. 

This mobile app uses not only a dark theme, and also choose a bloody wall texture to create a scary atmosphere, attracting users to view more details.

5. Dark Card Background 

Designer: Juless Design

App category: charging station app

Highlights: Dark theme; Black and red color scheme

Dark Card Background is a mobile app that is used to search for nearby charging stations and pay for charging electronic devices. 

This app also uses a dark theme. The design involves overlapping cards and works perfectly against the black background, creating a more artistic and effective feel.

6. Foodies UI Background

Designer: CMARIX TechnoLabs

App category: Food app

Highlights: Minimal style; Geometric shapes

Foodies is a minimalistic food app with a simple yellow & white color scheme. Its background uses several geometric circles and a large amount of white space which makes the dishes stand out.

Moreover, the yellow circles echo with round dish plates, making the entire UI design more harmonious and easy on the eye for users. 

This is a great example of a modern or minimalistic app background design.

Design tips:

Use simple geometric shapes to create modern UI backgrounds

Geometric shapes are simple but can be powerful in-app UI designs these days. Their advantage is that they will never draw much attention away from the app UI so that the user’s focus stays on the UI content. 

The most important thing is that simple geometric shapes do not require any fancy tricks or illusions. Even UI/UX design beginners can easily create amazing, modern app backgrounds with several geometric shapes. 

7. Wonder App Background

Designer: Vilém Ries

App category: Travel app

Highlights: Whole image background

Wonder App is a travel app that allows users to search and find the best travel destinations quickly. 

To attract more users, the designer directly uses a single image of the destination as its UI background. Used in this way, the destination image engages the user straight away with a beautiful image of the destination they are thinking about. The user feels as if they are already there! 

Design tips

Use whole images to deliver app themes or features effectively

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Instead of a long narrative, an intuitive and vivid image always helps deliver a message and attract users easily. 

Choose representative pictures as app backgrounds, delivering a message and creating a unique atmosphere for your app easily

In Mockplus (an all-in-one digital product design platform), while translating your app background design ideas into fully interactive prototypes, you can easily use its “Image” component to import your desired background images. 

Also use its powerful app UI libraries and rich interactions to bring your ideas into life with ease.

8. Phone Mobile App Background 

Designer: Vilém Ries

App category: Travel app

Highlights: Image and shape masking design

This example showcases a simple animation of a photo mobile app. 

To engage users, the designer chooses the best photo works created by users as its backgrounds. 

Moreover, in order not to draw much attention away, the designer also adds a shape mask to blur the background photo, creating a more artistic and high-end app design. 

Design tips: 

Add a mask to blur your image backgrounds

A personalized or attractive background image sometimes draws too much attention away from the main screen.

So, to avoid such troublesome problems, you just need to add a text or shape mask to blur your background image, creating a more engaging and artistic app UI.

9. Clean Cloud Animation Background

Designer: Alexander Plyuto

App category: Dry cleaning & laundry app 

Highlights: Animated background

This example presents the login & sign up design of Meet CleanCloud, a dry cleaning and laundry app. 

The designer uses simple line animations to engage users. Such interesting micro animations work very well to reduce the negative users'emotions while they are filling the log in &sign up forms. 

Design tips: 

Use animation backgrounds to interest users

In comparison with a single image, animations can be a quick and easy way to maintain the interest of app users. But, take care! You don’t want to end up with a noisy or confusing screen. So judge your use of animation backgrounds carefully, perhaps using micro animations instead, if possible.  

10. Mountain Bike Tracker App Video Background

Designer: Kirill Shapoval

App category: Travel app 

Highlights: Video background

Video background has become a trend in 2019. The designer of Mountain Bike Tracker App Video Background also follows this trend and uses a biking video to attract users. Instead of a long promotional introduction, video background with simple, short words arouse users' interest more effectively. 

Design tips:

Use video background to present your products more vividly

11. White Russian Mobile App Background

Designer: Norde

App category: Novel, art or drawing app

Highlights: Retro design style; handwriting illustration background

The designer uses unique handwriting illustrations to create a very eye-catching and personalized retro background in this app background. In combination

with the elegant white fonts, these illustration backgrounds help make an artistic and old-style atmosphere.  

This could help you create the perfect novel or drawing app. 

12. Landing Experiment App Background

Designer: Yaroslav Zubko

App category: All apps

Highlights: Split screen with different colors

Split screens help present the app functions intuitively, and guide users through the apps easily. Many designers use split screens to improve their website/app designs in 2019. 

The designer of this app also chooses split screens. Furthermore, to emphasize the two functional sections of the split-screen, he also uses two different colors, green and dark blue, to help users distinguish them visually. 

If you also want to create a split-screen with different colors, this example could be a good one to follow.

Design tips:

Use colors to split your screens and UI functions

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13. Abstract Background for Mobile App

Designer: Vinay Balganur

Highlights: Abstract geometric shapes

This is a small bundle of abstract triangle backgrounds for mobile apps. They use rich colors. It is easy to pick the one you want and use it to create your own app backgrounds quickly.

14. Free Expense Tracking app 

Designer: Janice Jao

Highlights: Color blocks; fluid effect

Expense Tracking app uses rich color blocks to split the UI backgrounds, creating a modern and striking app. The fluid effect also makes it more natural and easy to catch for users. 

This UI bundle works perfectly with Adobe XD. It is also free for personal use. 

If you use Adobe XD often in daily work, this freebie is perfect for you.   

15. Free Login Screen Background 

Designer: Harvani anjali

Highlights: Geometric shape background

Free Login Screen Background features a geometric shape background. It is modern, effective and artistic. You can freely download and further edit it in your Photoshop with ease. 

Now, it is only available for personal use.

16. Free Onboarding Illustrations for App

Designer: Johnyvino

Highlights: Beautiful illustration background

This free Google onboarding kit has been desired with very beautiful illustration backgrounds for mobile apps. All illustrations work well with Sketch and are also free for personal use. 

If you are looking for great illustration background designs to beautify your app UIs, this kit would be ideal. 

17. Free Login Signup Background


Highlights: Retro background design

Free Login Signup Background uses old-style images, fonts and color schemes to create a retro background design. You can freely change the images to create your desired retro app UIs. 

If you are working on a shoe or shopping app, this background design would be a perfect choice. 

Besides, this background design works well with the Android studio. It is free for personal use. 

18. Hotel Booking App Image Background

Designer: Vaijanath

Highlights: Image background

This is a free mobile UI kit for a hotel booking app. To showcase each hotel in its best light, the designer uses many high-end and high-quality photos as the app UI backgrounds. Such designs give the users a better impression of the hotel and help them decide quickly, if they want to make a booking. 

This is free for personal use and provides a PSD file.

If you are looking for a travel or hotel app, this UI kit would be a good one to get started. 

19. Weather App Background Free

Designer: Prem Gurusamy

Highlights: overlapping graphic elements; gradient colors

Weather App Background Free is a freebie for weather apps. It features overlapping graphic elements. The color gradients also help improve its visual appeal effectively. Now, it is about 200

KB, and can be freely modified in Sketch as you wish. 

20. Free Material Design Backgrounds

Designer: Oxygenna

Highlights: Abstract geometric shapes 

Material Design Backgrounds is a free, new set of material design background designs available for mobile apps and websites. It offers you 30 of material design backgrounds with rich colors and abstract geometric shapes. They all are modern, beautiful and artistic. 

Both PNG and Adobe Illustrator file formats are supported. You can feel free to download them to create an engaging mobile app.

21. Free Login Page Background 

Designer: Yogesh Solanki

Highlights: Illustration background 

This freebie is the login page of a game app. To reduce the bounce rate of this game app, the designer uses immerse, beautiful

illustration backgrounds to engage users. These customized illustrations showcase beautiful sunrise and night landscapes, providing users more relaxing and enjoyable gaming experience. 

It is now available in PSD format and also free for personal projects only.

In addition, the designer has created many other good-looking app UI designs. If you are looking for inspiration for your app designs, this would be a great place to start.  

22. Free Simple H5 Background Material

App category: Food app

Highlights: Cute Illustration background 

Free Simple H5 Background Material has very cute food illustration backgrounds. It is now available in JPG and PSD formats. The image resolution is about 3545*5315. You can free download it to create a cute and interesting food app. 

23. Free Western Food App Background 

App category: Food app

Highlights: Woolen texture background

This freebie features a woolen texture background. In combination with delicious tomatoes, steaks and other dish images, it is perfect for you to create to a great western food or restaurant app. 

It is created in high resolution. You can freely download, edit and share it in JPG and PSD formats. 

Also do not forget that it is only free for personal use. 

24. Vector Blackboard Style Design

App category: Food app

Highlights: Blackboard Style background

The designer uses a unique blackboard style design, creating more personalized app UIs. The handwriting objects are also really eye-catching in this background. It is good to be used as a loading or onboarding page of your mobile app.

It is now available in PNG and AI formats. 

25. Mobile Phone H5 Interface Background 

App category: Learning app

Highlights: Chinese style

Mobile Phone H5 Interface Background features a Chinese style. The watercolor style painting is beautiful and distinctive. It is a good resource for you to create a Chinese style learning app. 

It offers JPG and PSD files, and also is free for a personal projects. 

26. H5 Black Background Mobile App

Highlights: Stone-like texture background

This black background design for mobile apps has a very eye-catching stone-like texture, helping create a very old-style atmosphere. It is a good resource for you to build a retro-style mobile app. 

It is also created in high resolution(1024*1369), and works well with Photoshop.

27. Black Gold Paint Texture App

Highlights: Stone-like texture background

Black Gold Paint Texture App is a black background design with striking golden paint texture. It is perfect for you to create a high-end and elegant app, like a cosmetic app. It is also available only for personal use. 

28. Black Triangle Background App

Highlights: Black triangle background 

This freebie is another black background design with an abstract, glowing triangle. It is ideal for you to create a high-end and mysterious mobile app. Just use your imagination to combine it perfectly into your app designs. 

29. Black App Background Free

Highlights: Geometric shapes; tropical leaf; overlapping effect 

Black App Background Free is created with a striking black & red color scheme. The glowing geometric shapes and tropical leaves improve the visual appeal effectively. 

It is highly recommended for you to create a distinctive cosmetic or music app. 

30. H5 Light Effect Background Design 

Highlights: Light effects 

H5 Light Effect Background Design features rich colors and fancy light points. The blurred effect also helps present the UI content clearly. 

So, it is good to create a modern and fantastic mobile app.

31. Turkey Background Design for Android App

App category: Food app

Highlights: Cute turkey illustration

Turkey Background Design for Android App is made for Android users. It features a cute, fun turkey illustration. It has JPG and PSD formats. 

It will be a good resource for you to create an eye-catching and effective sale screen for Thanksgiving Day.

Best Mobile App Background Pattern Designs

You can also take a look at the below best app background pattern designs for inspiration: 

32. Magical Mushroom Background Pattern

33. Mobile Pattern Design with Cute Animals

34. Abstract Mobile App Background

35. Geometric Shape Mobile App Background Pattern

36. Modern App Background Pattern

How to Create An App Background for Your Project?

Visualize your ideas with effective design tools 

1). Sketch/PS/Adobe XD

There are many effective design tools that you can use to visualize your app background design ideas. Sketch, PS and Adobe XD are the most widely used, and provide rich design tools for you to create a gorgeous background design for your mobile projects from scratch. 

2). Mockplus

Mockplus is another practical design tool to create a fancy app background. It is an all-in-one product design platform that

allows you to bring your app background ideas into life with simpled rag-and-drop. 

With comprehensive and powerful features, you can also prototype your entire mobile app, add rich interactions and animations, get feedback, collaborate, test, comment, review and even handoff your app designs with ease. 

Create your background designs with handy app background builders

If these design tools don’t work for you or your design team, here are some other app background builders you could try: 

1). Wallpaper Maker 

This mobile app allows you to create distinctive wallpaper and background designs for your mobile project with ease. It provides

over 1000 ready-made templates to visualize your design ideas quickly. If necessary, you can also directly add an image to bring your ideas into life. 

2). Gradient Wallpaper Maker

As its name suggests, Gradient Wallpaper Maker allows you to create a gradient app background with ease. With powerful gradient color tools, you can also add 5 colors at a time to spice up your app background. Different combinations can create different design results. Choose your desired colors freely and create a unique gradient background for your mobile projects.

3). Background Maker

Background Maker is a handy tool for you to create a personalized app background. It provides powerful color tools to create a gradient background. Other geometric shape tools, such as simple lines, triangles, and circles, etc, also allow you to add designed geometric shapes for your app background designs. 

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