How to Add a Background Image to Google Calendar

Google discontinued this popular background feature

Unfortunately, Google has discontinued the Labs feature in Google Calendar, which was the only way to enable a background image. Let Google know that you want this feature enabled for Calendar or that you would love for Labs to be re-enabled: Send Feedback about Google Calendar.

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

The setting to enable a Google Calendar background image is hidden away, but once it is enabled, it's simple to add a photo as a background image on your calendar.

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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. Confirm the correct setting for Google Calendar background images is enabled (see below if you're not sure).

  3. Click the Settings gear icon at the top of Google Calendar and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

  4. Select 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.

  7. Click Select after you make your decision.

  8. Back on the General settings page, pick either Centered, Tiled or Scaled to fit to indicate how the image should appear on your calendar. You can change this setting later.

  9. Click Save to apply the changes and go back to your calendar, where the new background image is displayed.

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. Select the Settings gear icon on 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.