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Have you ever stopped and looked at the background of your Gmail inbox? The default Gmail theme is plain white and gray, but you don’t have to stick with it. Instead, change your inbox background if you want something more colorful or eye-catching. You don’t even need any additional apps or tools.
Outside of the default theme, your options for your Gmail background include:
Keep reading to learn how to change your Gmail background and personalize your inbox.
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It’s important to note that you can only change the background on the desktop version of Gmail. You can’t change the theme of your Gmail mobile app, which will reflect your dark mode preferences on your mobile device.
With that in mind, here’s how to change your Gmail background on a desktop browser:
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A popular option from the pre-uploaded Gmail themes is Dark mode. As you’d expect, this theme turns the light, bright default Gmail theme into a dark version with black and gray.
Find the dark theme next to the Default theme in settings.
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If you don’t love any of the pre-set options, don’t worry. Gmail lets you upload your own image to use as your inbox background.
Note: If your photo seems blurry, you may need to upload a larger file.
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If you’ve never thought about your Gmail background, you may wonder why people bother changing it. There are a few reasons:
For people who spend a lot of time working in Gmail, any way to make your inbox more pleasant to look at is a win.
While some people find the default Gmail theme clean and professional, other Gmail users find more personalized options to be visually appealing.
Changing your Gmail background helps you make Gmail more personal and tailored to your interests.
For example, you can add an image of a landscape that calms or inspires you, like the ocean or the mountains. Add a picture from a memorable trip you took to or a special moment with family. You can also add your favorite color, sports team, TV show, or anything else that gives you a smile throughout the day.
Many people these days have more than one Gmail account. Use two different Gmail backgrounds to avoid accidentally sending an email from the wrong account (we’ve all been there). Pretty soon you’ll associate the background color or image with the account and immediately recognize which account you’re using.
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If you try to change your Gmail theme but can’t, one explanation is that you’re using a Google Workspace account.
You often don’t have as much freedom to change settings in a Gmail account through your employer or another organization. Your Google Workspace account administrator may have disabled Gmail themes for all users. Contact your administrator for more information.
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Just as you can change your Gmail background to be more visually appealing and help you distinguish between accounts, you can add different themes to each of your Streak pipelines.
Streak’s pipeline themes are curated color sets to help you identify each stage of your pipeline. Currently, you can choose from 25 different pipeline themes.
Themes offer visual clarity to each stage of your pipelines, and also help you distinguish important emails in your inbox with color-coded labels.
To add a theme to your pipeline:
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Changing your Gmail background and customizing your Streak pipelines with color-coded themes can help you more quickly identify which process you’re engaging in or remind you of something inspiring throughout your day.
Making a few small changes can make your Gmail inbox more recognizable — and much more functional!