13 January, 2019

by Updated on 13 January, 2019 13 comments

How to Auto Change Gmail Background Every Time You Log In

Gmail themes allow you to change Gmail background wallpaper. You can either choose from featured photos suggested by Google or set your personal photos from Google Drive, Google Photos or any other online photo that has a public URL.
You can also upload any image from your local drive to set it as Gmail background.
Also, the solid color background allows you to choose solid colors for single-colored theme or dark theme.
How to Change Gmail Background
To add your custom image background to your Gmail Inbox, click on Settings icon >> select Themes.
How to Change Gmail Background
  • The new popup will allow you to choose from available images, solid colors and predefined themes.
  • To find more photos to choose from, click on 'More images'.
  • Scroll down to choose from solid colors and few other basic images.
  • If you want to choose your own photos and images from Google Photos and Google Drive, click on 'My Photos' button at the left bottom.
How to Change Gmail Background
Once you have selected an image, you can then tweak some other display settings like 'Text background', 'Vignette', and 'Blur' settings.
When you finalize the wallpaper image, the settings are displayed at bottom of the popup.
How to change text display settings in Gmail

Setting Random Theme for Gmail

If you don't like the same theme forever and want Gmail to greet you with a new theme every time you log in, you can choose a Random Gmail theme. This will change the theme every time you open Gmail. 
Automatically change Gmail Theme Every Time You Log In 
Go to Setting icon >> Theme >> Scroll to the bottom and select the wallpaper with a question mark named Random.

The only thing is, you can not upload an image from your local drive. That was available previously is - I think-  removed by Google.
What else you do to make Gmail looks better?

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  1. very interesting trick about gmail :)

  2. thanks TopTrix for the how to change theme...

    1. You are always welcome. We will keep trying to provide the best and most useful tricks.

  3. I have a number of wallpapers (1024 x 768) that I downloaded for my computer desktop. I tried uploading those and selecting them, but they show up way too big as if someone hit the 'zoom' button or something ! I tried changing things by downloading the wallpapers again to my computer at a different resolution setting and then uploading those to Gmail, but they show up exactly the same ('zoomed'). I've found nowhere yet in my searches where there is discussion/tutorial about how to make Gmail 'fit' the picture better. Any help appreciated. :-)

    1. We have already said that, there is no any way to crop or re-size your images to fit it to the background nicely. You can do one thing. Download the images from standard GMail background. Find the exact size of the image what Google use for Gmail background and then crop your image in same size of it and then upload it.

      I thing it should work.

    2. url":"https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GGrrZ370xZw/Tuu7V0lQjdI/AAAAAAADCZM/ql146q2EfYQ/s0/Bobby%2BMcGee.jpg","size":{"width":2048,"height":1365}}'

      Look at this. The size of Gmail background image looks to be 2048x1365.

      resize your images to this size and they should fit exactly. Good luck. Let me know if it works.

    3. Thanks for your input !

      Unfortunately, everything I tried did not work. I tried using Irfanview to resize wallpaper photos but, after saving them & uploading them to Gmail, they still appeared cropped. I experimented with different resolutions and tried "resizing and resampling" in Irfanview as well, but nothing worked. I even changed the resolution on my monitor to see if that would allow more of the pic to appear. It didn't. :-(

      It appears your initial observation is correct — or at least it is in my case — that Gmail simply does its own cropping to a particular size.

      FWIW, I did manage to find a few wallpapers I have that still look pretty good in Gmail's cropped version, so I can live with that for the time being.

      Thanks again for your help ! :-)

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  4. hello everyone, got problem with my custom background images. I really want to get rid of the photos from the "My Photos" tab. the question is how can i delete those photos? I really need help please.

    1. Where is 'My Photos' tab? I think your tab is from Google Plus photos. You can change the sharing between Google plus photos and posts to Gmail.

  5. "The size of Gmail background image looks to be 2048x1365. resize your images to this size and they should fit exactly." Yes, that did it! Thank you for that great info. I love being able to customize my email but was tearing my hair out trying to get the right size. :)