How to add custom image as Gmail background

Google made an announcement of launching new custom themes which can be added as Google background. The custom themes have been launched with personalized background images.
Google said” Whether you want to bask on the tropical island or simply reminisce about last year’s holiday with the family; your  Gmail can now be customized to your mood. Find your perfect image and make your Gmail your own with custom themes.”

 

Various options are available for setting background images:

  • Pasting a URL where a direct link of the image URL can be pasted.
  • The photos present on phone. The Google + Android or the iOS app can be used to upload photos instantly.
  • The photos can be uploaded.
  • Recently selected or chosen photos.
  • From My Photos such as Picassa web album.

Steps to set up a custom background image in Gmail

Step 1: Log on to the Gmail account.

Step 2: On the right hand side, there appears a gear icon which should be clicked.

Step 3: Click on Settings and then click on Choose Themes.

Step 4: A scroll should be made to the Custom Themes.

Step 5: A choice between a light and a dark theme should be made. The selection should be made so that it contrasts the image such as dark theme for a light image.

Step 6: A background image choosing option appears from where the appropriate mode of Upload/select should be selected. Then, the changes should be saved.

Step 7: The changes appear. If they do not appear instantly, then it should be refreshed by pressing Ctrl+F5. This will show the changes.

Suggestion: Google gives a suggestion of using the background images whose dimensions are larger than 2560*1920 pixels for a better view.

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