Add a Custom Background Image to Gmail

Paul Lilly

Google recognizes that it gets pretty boring staring at a static image everyday, which is one of the reasons why Gmail comes with different color schemes and themes. Fancy a retro arcade look? It's there, as are scenic locations like a mountain landscape, summer ocean, and planets. But why stop there? The sultan of search just added yet another way to customize your Gmail account by letting you upload your own background images.

"Themes in Gmail are great -- there are tons to choose from and they give your inbox a personalized look," Google stated in its Gmail blog. "But we've heard from many of you who thought it would be even better if you could give Gmail an even more personalized look and create themes completely on your own."

To use the feature, hit up the Themes tab in Settings and choose Create your own theme . Once you're there, you can choose background images for the main area and the footer.

Image Credit: Google

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