Change background wallpaper & screen saver

You can personalize your Chromebook with a custom wallpaper for your desktop.

Important: If you use your Chromebook at work or school, your administrator might not let you change your wallpaper. If you can't change your wallpaper, contact your administrator for more help.

Choose a background wallpaper

  1. Right-click your desktop.
  2. Select Set wallpaper & style.
  3. Select Wallpaper.
  4. Select one of the images to set as your wallpaper. You can also select the wallpaper to change daily or refresh.
    • To choose a wallpaper with a light or dark theme, select Radiance.
    • To set a custom wallpaper with an image downloaded to your Chromebook, select My Images.
    • To use a personal photo saved in your Google Photos, select Google Photos.

Tips:

  • If you select an image from a Shared album, others can still add or edit photos within the album while the album is used for wallpapers.
  • You can also use wallpapers that change to match the time with Chromebook Plus. Learn more about Chromebook Plus.
Customize your wallpaper accent features
To create unique themes for your device, you can customize your accent colors to match your wallpapers. The accent colors also adjust to the light and dark modes.
  1. Right-click on your desktop.
  2. Select Set wallpaper & style.
  3. Under “Accent colors,” turn Use color sets that match your wallpaper on or off.
  4. Select one of the color schemes.
Use the same wallpaper across multiple Chromebooks
  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. In the "Accounts" section, select Sync and Google services.
  4. Select Manage what you sync.
  5. Choose what you want to sync. To use all the same settings, including wallpaper,on every Chromebook you sign in to, turn on Sync everything.
Change the screen saver
Important: School and work accounts can't access the screen saver option.
  1. Right-click your desktop.
  2. Select Set wallpaper & style.
  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. To turn on the screen saver, on the right, select the switch. 
  5. Underneath “Screensaver animation,” select Feel the breeze or Float on by to have your photos displayed and animated within simulated frames. 
  6. To choose an album to set as your screen saver, select Google Photos or Art gallery.

Tips:

  • To conserve battery, the screensaver only runs while on charging. The screensaver will run for the duration you selected, and your Chromebook won't go to Sleep mode during this time.
  • If you select an image from a Shared album, others can still add or edit photos within the album while the album is used for screensavers.
  • Each Chromebook Plus Dawn to Dark wallpaper comes with its paired screensaver, which animates throughout the day.
    • If you select the image source, you can choose from two screensavers.
Choose the duration of your screen saver display

You can decide how long your screen saver displays before your computer goes to sleep.

  1. Right-click your desktop.
  2. Select Set Wallpaper and style and then Screensaver.
  3. Turn on the screen saver.
  4. To set how long the screensaver runs while charging, select your preferred display time from dropdown:
    • for 5 minutes
    • for 10 minutes
    • for 30 minutes
    • for 1 hour
    • forever: This is the default.

Fix problems changing wallpapers

If you're having trouble setting your wallpaper, make sure the image is in a supported format (.png or .jpg).

If you use your Chromebook at work or school, your administrator might not let you change your wallpaper. If you can't change your wallpaper, contact your administrator for more help.

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