How to Use a Google Calendar Background Image

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Google Calendar gets a bit boring with just a solid color behind each day. Why not brighten up your events with a large background image?

The setting to enable a Google Calendar background image is kind of hidden away but once enabled, it's super simple to add or remove a photo from displaying as a background image on your calendars.

Add a Background Image to Google Calendar

Follow these simple steps to deck out your Google Calendar with a custom image in the background:

  1. Access your Google Calendar account.
  2. Make sure the correct setting for Google Calendar background images is enabled (see below if you're not sure).
  3. Click the settings/gear button at the top right of Google Calendar and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Make sure you're viewing the General tab.
  5. Scroll down to the "Calendar background" section near the bottom of the page.
  6. Click the Choose image link to either select one of your own photos already on your Google account or to upload a new one from your computer or a copied URL.
    1. See these websites where you can find free photos to use for a Google Calendar background.
  7. Click Select once you've made your decision.
  8. Back on the General settings page, pick either Centered, Tiled or Scaled to fit to decide how the image should appear on your calendar. You can always change this later.
  9. Click Save to apply the changes and go back to your calendar, where you should see your new background image.

Tip: To remove a custom Google Calendar background image, return to Step 6 and click the remove link and then the Save button.

How to Enable a Background Image in Google Calendar

The background image capability of Google Calendar isn't an option that's available by default. Instead, you have to enable it through the Labs section, like this:

  1. Open the gears/setting button from the Google Calendar menu.
  2. Choose Labs.
  3. Find the Background image option.
  4. Select the Enable radio button.
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page.