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 mode is available for iOS 13 and up.

If you're on iOS 13 and up, you can change your system settings to the light or dark theme. The Gmail app automatically updates to match your system settings.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings and then Display & Brightness.
  2. Select Light or Dark.

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