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How to change the wallpaper on your Chromebook: A step by step guide

Changing your Chromebook wallpaper adds a personal touch to your device. Here's how to do it.
May 2, 2022

One of the first things to do when you get a new Chromebook is to customize it by changing the wallpaper. It’s so easy anyone could do it — and it only takes a minute or two. You can either use a custom Chromebook wallpaper or opt for one of the wallpapers already available on the device.

See also: What is a Chromebook, what can and can’t it do?


To change the wallpaper on your Chromebook, use the files app to navigate to the image you want to use, right-click the image, and click Set wallpaper.


How to set a custom Chromebook wallpaper

Chromebook wallpaper -- how to change wallpaper on Chromebook

The first step is to ensure the image you want to use as your wallpaper is saved on the device. Find a great wallpaper online and download it to your Chromebook if it’s not. Once that’s sorted out, you can follow these steps to change the wallpaper.

  • Download an image you want to use as your Chromebook wallpaper from the web.
  • Click the circular Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • Click the up arrow.
  • Find and open Files.
  • Click Downloads and locate the image you want to use as your Chromebook wallpaper.
  • Right-click the image and select the Set wallpaper option.

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Go with a pre-installed Chromebook wallpaper

Chromebook wallpaper -- how to change wallpaper on Chromebook

Choosing a pre-installed wallpaper is even easier and faster than opting for a custom one. Chromebooks come with a few pre-loaded images that you can access using the Set wallpaper option in the right-click menu. Follow these steps to find them.

  • Right-click on your desktop.
  • Click the Set wallpaper option.
  • In the dialog box, click the image you would like to use.
  • Alternatively, check the box next to Surprise me, and your device will choose the wallpaper for you.

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Sync your wallpaper across devices

You can sync your wallpaper (and settings) across multiple Chrome OS devices. This will ensure you already have your wallpaper whenever you log into a Chromebook using your Google account.

  • Select the Time/account section in the bottom-right corner.
  • Select the gear icon to enter the settings.
  • Find the People section.
  • Select Sync and Google services.
  • Choose Manage sync.
  • Select what you want to sync, or pick Sync everything.

That will let you sync your wallpaper across your Chromebook devices.

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