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Change Your Inbox Theme

How to Change Your Inbox Theme in Gmail

Change Your Inbox Theme

If the plain white background of your inbox is getting boring, you can change themes to give it a more interesting look.

Change the Inbox Theme

  1. Click the Settings button.
  2. Select Themes. Change Your Inbox Theme

    A themes gallery appears, showing a variety of themes to choose from. The top of the gallery shows some curated images you can use as a background.

  3. Select a theme from the gallery.
  4. Click Save. Change Your Inbox Theme

The background of the inbox changes to the picture you chose.

Create a Custom Theme

You can also create a theme from a larger set of photos, or from photos in your Google Photos library, instead of choosing from the gallery.

  1. Click the Settings button.
  2. Select Themes. Change Your Inbox Theme
  3. Click My photos. Change Your Inbox Theme

    Here you can choose between sources for additional photos

    • Featured shows a larger gallery of curated background images.
    • My photos shows all of the pictures you've uploaded to Google Photos.
    • Recently selected shows photos you've used recently, if you want to go back to a custom theme you've used before.
  4. Select a photo location.
  5. Select a photo.
  6. Click Select. Change Your Inbox Theme

    The photo is set as your inbox background.

    Once a photo has been selected, you can customize some additional options.

    • Text Background lets you choose whether the theme should use dark text on a light background, or light text on a dark background.
    • Vignette lets you add a darkening effect around the corners and edges of the photo.
    • Blur lets you choose whether to blur the selected photo, and by how much.
  7. Customize text background, vignette, and blur options.
  8. Click Save. Change Your Inbox Theme

The theme is updated and applied to your inbox.

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