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Set up your Live Case

Live Case is a phone case with companion live wallpaper. Live Cases come in several kinds, like Places, Photos, and Artworks. Find them on the Google Store.

Live Case Editions are limited edition Live Cases that feature certain artists.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Put on or take off a Live Case

What phones Live Cases fit

Live Case

Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

Live Case with NFC button

Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Nexus 6

Live Case Editions

  • Jeremy Scott edition: Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6P
  • Jeff Koons edition: Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P
  • Skrillex edition: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, or Note 4
Put on a case
  1. Line up your phone's buttons with the case's holes.
  2. Slide your phone into the case's right side.
  3. Snap the phone's left corners into the case.

Put on case

Take off a case
  1. Slide off the case's bottom left corner.
  2. Slide off the case's top left corner.

Take off case

Use live wallpaper

Get wallpaper
  1. From Google Play, download and install the Live Case app.
  2. Open your device's Live Case app Live Case.
  3. Follow the on-screen steps.
    • If needed, sign in to the Google Account you used to buy your Live Case.
    • If you have the latest Live Case, enter the code printed inside your case.
    • If your Live Case has an NFC button, turn on NFC. Open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Connected Devices and then NFC.
Interact with or change wallpaper

To animate or interact with your wallpaper

  • If you have the latest Live Case, tap your wallpaper twice.
  • If your Live Case has an NFC button, press the button.

To change your wallpaper

  1. Open your device's Live Case app Live Case.
  2. Tap the option you want to change. For example:
    • Map style
    • Manage photos
    • Manage artworks
  3. Make the changes you want.

If you don't want to use your live wallpaper, pick another wallpaper. Learn about wallpaper on Pixel phones and Nexus devices.

Switch between cases and wallpapers

Live Cases come in several kinds, like Places, Photos, and Artworks.

  • One kind
    After you set up one Live Case of a kind, your Live Case app works with all Live Cases of that kind. For example, if you have 2 Places Live Cases, you don't need to re-set your wallpaper when you switch them.
  • More than one kind
    After you set up a second kind, each kind that you set up gets a tab in your app.​ All Live Cases of a kind use the wallpaper from that kind's tab. If you have one Places Live Case and one Artworks Live Case, pick the other live wallpaper when you switch cases.

Manage Live Cases that have NFC buttons

Change button action

Pick button action

  1. Open your device's Live Case app Live Case.
  2. Tap Shortcut button.
  3. Tap what you want the button to do. For example:
    • Opens camera
    • Turns WiFi on or off
    • Launches app

Turn button off or back on

  1. Open your device's Live Case app Live Case.
  2. Tap Shortcut button.
  3. To turn off the button, tap Disabled. To turn the button back on, tap an action for the button to take.
Take button action

After you pick an action for your button, you can use it at any time.

  1. Unlock your phone.
  2. On the back, below the fingerprint sensor, find the embossed button.
  3. Firmly press and hold the button until it vibrates.

Press shortcut button

Manage Live Case Editions

Get artist notifications and updates

Turn artist notifications on or off

  1. Open your phone's Live Case Editions app Live Case Editions.
  2. Tap More More and then Preferences.
  3. Under "Receive notifications about," turn off the artist's name.

See artist updates

  1. Open your phone's Live Case Editions app Live Case Editions.
  2. Under "Designer updates," tap View.
  3. Tap the artist's updates.
    • Jeremy Scott: Under "Designer updates," tap View.
    • Jeff Koons: Under "Digital Collection," tap View.
    • Skrillex: Under "Skrillex Updates," tap Read now.
Turn artist wallpaper on or off

Turn on or change wallpaper

  1. Open your phone's Live Case Editions app Live Case Editions.
  2. Under "Live wallpaper," tap Set wallpaper.
  3. If you didn't have live wallpaper set before, or are changing between Live Case Editions of different kinds, tap Set wallpaper again.

Turn off wallpaper

If you don't want to use Editions wallpaper, you can change your wallpaper. Learn about wallpaper on Pixel phones and Nexus devices.

Download wallpaper over Wi-Fi only

By default, your live wallpaper images download only via Wi-Fi. You can change this setting:

  1. Open your phone's Live Case Editions app Live Case Editions.
  2. Under "Live wallpaper," tap Set wallpaper and then Settings.
  3. Turn Satellite images on or off.
Send stickers with the Jeremy Scott virtual keyboard
  1. Put on and set up your Jeremy Scott Live Case Edition.
  2. Open a messaging app.
  3. Switch to your Jeremy Scott virtual keyboard. Either:
    • With your shortcut button
      Pick Keyboard chooser as your button action.
    • From inside a messaging app
      Tap Keyboard Keyboard and then Live Case Editions Keyboard.
  4. Tap the sticker that you want.
  5. Pick the conversation and send the message.
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