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Change your Gmail background

You can pick a theme to change your Gmail background. On a computer, you can make your background: 

  • The default theme.
  • Dark mode theme. 
  • Other available themes.
  • Your own uploaded photo. 

Important: To save battery and make it easier to view messages on mobile, change your theme to Dark mode. 

Change background

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then See all settings
  3. Next to Themes, click View all. 
  4. In the themes window, select your theme. 
    1. For the default theme, select Default. 
    2. For Dark mode, select Dark. 
    3. For a pre-uploaded theme, select any theme.
  5. Optional: Make changes to the theme. At the bottom of the theme window, 
    1. To change the text background, click Text Background Text Background.
    2. To make the corners darker, click Vignette Vignette.
    3. To blur background theme, click Blur Blur.
  6. Click Save.

Set a photo as your background

To get started, make sure you've uploaded the image you want to use in a new or existing album in photos.google.com. Learn how to get started with Google Photos.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then See all settings
  3. Next to Themes, click View all. 
  4. In the bottom left, click My Photos
  5. Click on Featured, My Photos, or Recently selected and then select a photo. 
  • Tip: If your picture looks blurry, try a larger sized photo.
  1. At the bottom left, click Select.
  2. Optional: Make changes to the theme. At the bottom of the theme window, 
    1. To change the text background, click Text Background Text Background.
    2. To make the corners darker, click Vignette Vignette.
    3. To blur background theme, click Blur Blur.
  3. Click Save

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