How to Change Gmail Background Themes/Images

Gmail is the most accepted Web-based medium that provides services to exchange e-mails between individuals around the globe. Over a decade, has been proving its best service, enhancing new useful features, and improving itself to assure the best user-experience.

Gmail, however, failed to impress many users in just a simple factor. That is, its default appearance. I am not saying that appearance matters the most; neither it would be precise to say that only quality service matters today.

It is certain that, in this modern generation everyone seemed to give an extra priority to appearances. Whether its about a product, or a service. First they look, then they decide whether to check the quality.

So, it is clear that Appearance does really matters. Think of yourself, have you ever liked Gmail background color that is set on default?

Of course not, that’s the reason you are reading this post, looking for procedures to change Gmail Background of your Gmail account.

Keeping you waiting no longer, here I am about to disclose the very short and simple procedure to change Gmail Background by yourself.

How to Change Gmail Background Themes/Images

Changing themes or images in Gmail background is just a piece of cake! let me take you through the certain procedure step by step.

Step 1: Login Gmail account as you usually does, locate and click on the Gear Icon that represents “Settings” option at the top right corner.

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Step 2: After clicking on that “Settings” Gear Icon, a drop down list of options will show up. Select “Themes” from the list, click on it.

Step 3: As  soon as you clicked on the “Themes” option, a pop-up window will show up with dozens of free themes and images. You may pick your choice from those bunch, or scroll down the page and click on the image that is texted as “More Images”.


In case you want to use images of your Google+ account collection as the Gmail background you can simply click on “My Photos” option located bottom right corner of the pop-up window.

Step 4: Now, if you have click on the “More Images”, you will be taken to the next page, where you may find your desired image from various categories as follows-

Featured: As Gmail is being authorized Google, here Google is showcasing various kind of popular images that are available in the Web. You will find mesmerizing landscapes, hillsides, wild animals, architectures, natural wonders, and many more.


My Photos: The category I have already mentioned above. This section will show what you have in your Google+ account. You can pick a image from there if you want to make it as your Gmail background, if any.


Upload a Photo: On this category, the Gmail feature lets you to upload a photo of your own or others, stored in your Computer. Simply Drag-ad-Drop, or upload a photo from your Computer manually, and use it as your Gmail background.


Paste a URL: Assuming you have found something worth making of your Gmail account background from internet, you can simply copy the URL link of that image and paste it on the URL box. Instantly right after you paste an URL, your desired image will be previewed. Proceed to save it.


Recently Added: This section will show you all the images that you have used early as your Gmail background. I don’t find this category much useful though.

Step 5: After Choosing your desired image via any of image categories, now you can click on “Save” button in order to use it as your Gmail account background. Wait a second, did I miss something? Yes, that is the customization section.

What do you have in customization features-


Text Background: It lets you to change the inbox text background as Light, and Dark. You may choose any of it depending on the background image color it suits with.

Vignette: This lets you change your background corner from normal to darker, while the center of the background likely to remain normal.

Blur: This feature lets you to blur the background image if needed.

Done customizing? Go ahead to “Save” your changes.

So, this is how you change or customize your Gmail background with various attractive images. From now on, you no need to rely on that boring default Gmail background any more.

You can change your Gmail background anytime, whenever you want. Select your pick from tons of free themes and images, follow this procedure as I have instructed and get busy to change Gmail background as you like.

Personally, I like the “Feature” and “Upload a Photo” category.  What’s your choice?