How to change Gmail background

Your email account is probably not one of the most fun things to deal with. However, there are ways that you can spice up your inbox, one of which is by changing your Gmail wallpaper. After all, a new background can give your phone or laptop a completely new look, so why not your Gmail?

In this article, we’ll show you how to change your Gmail background as well as how to customize it with one of your own photos. But first, let’s look at how you can change it to one of the default Gmail themes.

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How to change your Gmail background

If you want to use a default Gmail wallpaper, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in to your account and click on the settings icon at the top right-hand side of the screen
  3. Select Themes from the dropdown box
  4. Pick the theme that you want and click save

How to change gmail appearance

You also have the option to choose a random theme if you just can’t make up your mind. If you want to glam your theme up a bit, Gmail offers options like vignettes, text boxes, and even blur. Some of the themes are not available for customization, but you should see options similar to those in the image above.

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The best Gmail themes

If you want to change your Gmail background, you will most likely want to choose one that offers this level of customization. Thus, the best Gmail backgrounds are typically the first few that pop up when you select View all.

Gmail background featured photos

These photos range from pictures of animals to famous landmarks and beautiful scenery. If you scroll down further you will be able to select from a vast selection by clicking on “More images.” Eventually, you will reach basic themes like solid colors that you can’t customize beyond the basics.

How to change your Google theme to your own picture

You are not just limited to the large selection of default Gmail backgrounds that are available. It is possible to change your Gmail wallpaper to your own photo for the maximum amount of customization. You can also do this in just a few simple steps:

  1. Go to the theme settings as outlined in steps 1-3 above
  2. Click on My photos at the bottom left of the “Pick your theme” box
  3. Choose one of your photos to use as your Gmail background and click save

If you don’t have any Google photos yet, the first box will appear blank. However, it is fairly easy to upload your own photos, so let’s quickly find out how to do that.

Google photos page

How to upload pictures to Google Photos

This is the easy way to upload your pictures to your Google Photos collection, ready for you to implement into your Gmail background.

Google photos

  1. Go to Google Photos
  2. Drag your selected photos (or videos) onto the screen or click on upload at the top right of the screen
  3. If you drag them in, that’s all you need to do. If you click upload, simply select your photos from your files

Once you have done this, you will be able to select them when you go to change your Gmail background as described above. Just go into the My Photos section and they will be ready to be used.

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