How to Change Your Gmail Theme

Have a little fun by customizing your Gmail screen

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Gmail has more than a billion active users so it is probably a familiar site to you on your computer or mobile device. It is also used by the vast majority of mid-sized and startup companies. Google redesigned Gmail for a more minimalistic look a few years ago, but if you want to make your ​Gmail page more fun, you can change the theme. Here's how:

How to Change Your Gmail Theme

To change your theme in Gmail on your computer:

  1. Log in to Gmail and click the Settings cog in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Click on Themes in the drop-down menu.
  3. Choose a theme by clicking on one of the theme thumbnails. If you don't like any of the themes, you can also choose a solid color scheme. Clicking on a thumbnail immediately applies the theme so you can see how it looks onscreen. If you don't like it, pick another.
  4. Click Save to set the new theme as your Gmail background.

You also have the option to upload one of your personal photos to serve as your Gmail background. Just click My Photos on the Theme screen. You can pick any previously uploaded image on the screen that opens, or you can click Upload a photo to send a new image. You can also click on Paste a URL to add a link to an internet image for your Gmail screen.

About Gmail Themes Options

Some of the images you can choose from Gmail's theme screen include options for additional adjustments.

After you select an image, several icons appear under the thumbnail. You can select any of them to personalize your image choice. They are:

  • Text background, which you can set to light or dark
  • Add vignette, which appears with a slider to adjust the vignette
  • Blur, which appears with a slider to adjust the amount of blur you want to apply

    If you don't see these options, they aren't available for the image you have chosen.

    You can go back and change your theme as often as you'd like.

    Note: You can't change your Gmail theme on a mobile device, only on a computer.

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