How to Change Twitter Backgrounds

Add some personality

What to Know

  • You can change your personal background to a night mode via Settings > Accessibility, display, and languages
  • You can change your profile header image to a different background via Profile > Header Image.
  • Settings can be changed via the desktop or mobile website.

This article explains how to change your personal Twitter background as well as how to change your Twitter profile background picture. 

How to Change Your Personal Twitter Background

If you're an avid user of Twitter and find the white background imposing, it's possible to switch over to a darker background which lends itself well to nighttime use. Here's how to change to a Twitter black background whenever is convenient for you.  

Note:

These steps apply to the desktop version of Twitter but are very similar on the mobile website.

  1. Go to https://twitter.com/

    Tip:

    You may need to log into your Twitter account.

  2. Click More.

    Twitter page with More highlighted
  3. Click Settings and privacy.

    Twitter homepage with Settings and Privacy highlighted
  4. Click Accessibility, display, and languages.

    Twitter settings with Accessibility, display and languages highlighted
  5. Click Display.

    Twitter settings with Display highlighted
  6. Click Dim or Lights out.

    Twitter display settings with Dim highlighted next to Lights Out

    Tip:

    Lights out is darker than Dim, so both options are useful depending on your needs. 

  7. The background has now been changed on that browser.

    Twitter with the background changed to Dim display setting

    Note:

    You need to make these changes on each web browser you use for them to be applied. 

How to Change Your Twitter Profile Background Picture

Another Twitter background you can change is your Twitter profile background picture. If you've discovered cute Twitter backgrounds that you want to use to express your personality, here's how to change the background picture in a few easy steps.

Note:

These steps apply to the desktop version of Twitter but the mobile site is very similar.

  1. Go to https://twitter.com/

  2. Click Profile.

    Twitter home page with Profile highlighted
  3. Click Edit Profile.

    Twitter profile page with Edit Profile highlighted
  4. Click the photo icon on the header of your profile.

    Twitter Edit profile dialog open with the photo icon highlighted for changing the header image
  5. Find the image you wish to upload.

  6. Click Open.

    Open file dialog box for uploading image to Twitter
  7. Use the controls to adjust which part of the image you wish to display. 

  8. Click Apply when you've finished adjusting the image.

    Twitter edit profile dialog with header image controls displayed and apply button highlighted
  9. Click Save to save the changes.

    Twitter edit profile dialog box with Save button highlighted

Reasons to Change Your Twitter Background

Wondering why you might want to change your Twitter background? Here's a brief look at common reasons why people do so.

  • To ease eyestrain. When it comes to viewing anything in the dark, it's far preferable and better for your eyes if you use a dark background to browse. It's recommended to switch to Night Mode if you're an avid Twitter user at night.
  • To add personality to your account. If you want to highlight something about your personality on your profile, changing your header image to something that's more 'you' is a great way of telling all.
  • To add branding. If you use Twitter in a professional context, you can create a header image that demonstrates what abilities you offer, what your business provides, or simply lists different contact details for others to check out. 
  • To add a seasonal flourish. Love to change your Twitter name to something seasonal for the holidays or Halloween? You can change your background to match that theme with the ability to change it as many times as you want throughout the year. 
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