On my Nexus S running 4.1.1, I am unable to find where the current wallpaper is stored. I referred to Where is the background image saved?, but my /data/data/com.android.settings/files folder is empty (I do have my file browser showing hidden files). It was confirmed in that question that ICS stored it in that location, but did Jellybean move it to a different place?

  • Unless you are rooted (Thanks @Izzy) you can't see the files and folders under /data folder. I am running 4.1.1 CM10 and as I am rooted, I can see files and folders under /data
    – Narayanan
    Aug 16, 2012 at 6:15
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    In my CM10 4.1.1, I do not have "/data/data/com.android.settings/files/wallpaper" but under "/data/data/com.android.settings/" I have folders: cache, lib, shared_prefs only. And only share_prefs folder is not empty with two xml files with no pointer to wallpaper info.
    – Narayanan
    Aug 16, 2012 at 6:19
  • I switched file browsers and now have a similar situation to @Narayanan where the shared_prefs is the only folder with files in it. The files folder isempty
    – penguinrob
    Aug 16, 2012 at 14:22

2 Answers 2


The wallpaper was in


on previous versions of Android. However it appears that it was moved as part of the multi-user preparations. The current location is


The file is conveniently called wallpaper and it is a png file.

  • I am not using default wallpaper, and my files folder is empty (see my comment on the question). Is there some utility that let's you see what files are being modified?
    – penguinrob
    Aug 16, 2012 at 16:01
  • @penguinrob It's not moved in JB. What do you mean by being modified?
    – user13391
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:54
  • On Mac, I can use fs_usage to monitor what files an application accesses. I'm wondering if there's something similar that could be used to see what files are modified when I change the wallpaper.
    – penguinrob
    Aug 17, 2012 at 2:06
  • @penguinrob you're right it was moved. I haven't noticed as I haven't wiped when I upgraded to JB.
    – user13391
    Aug 22, 2012 at 18:29
  • I'm glad I'm not the only one then!
    – penguinrob
    Aug 22, 2012 at 21:26

I have been trying to retrieve the wallpaper as well but found it too difficult. So to solve this I have create the app "Wallpaper Saver". It automatically saves your wallpapers and makes it easy to restore an old wallpaper again. It also supports live wallpapers. It is free to use. You can download it from Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dk.alroe.apps.WallpaperSaverFree

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