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 theme
  • Other available themes
  • A photo uploaded to your Google Photos


  • To use an uploaded photo as your background, add the photo to Google Photos. Learn how to back up photos and videos.
  • Some themes allow you to change the text background, make corners darker, or blur the background. If these options aren't available, you can't make changes to the selected theme.
  • To save battery and make it easier to view messages on mobile, change to Dark theme.

Change the background theme

Important: Dark theme is only available on Android 10 and up.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Tap Settings and then General settings.
  4. Tap Theme.
  5. Choose Light, Dark, or System default.

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