How to Customize Gmail Themes With Your Own Images [Updated]

Unlike other email services, Gmail, the service from Google allows to change the appearance of your mail box. No doubt email is an important part of modern lifestyle. And some colorful changes in appearance may make your mailbox more attracting. That is why more than 40 different themes are available by default in Gmail. You can eventually change your theme to get out of boredom.

Apart from the default themes by Google, you can also customize the Gmail themes with your own image. Customizing the theme of your mail box does not bring any technical benefit to you but pleasure of your mind as you can express your emotion by theme.

What you need to do for making your colorless mailbox chocolaty is choosing two beautiful images. One for the main background and the second one for other background. You can either upload the images from the local device or use the images from your Picasa web album, Google+ profile, Dropbox etc.

How to Customize Gmail Theme

Here are the simple steps to customize your Gmail theme.

Step 1. Open Gmail and log-in with your username and password.

Step 2. Once you are logged in, click on the Settings(gear) icon. Which is on the right side of your Gmail window.

Step 3. Now click ‘Themes’ from the drop-down menu.


Alternatively you can click ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu and choose the ‘Themes’ tab which is on extremely upper-right side of your settings window.

Step 4. At ‘Themes’ tab, scroll down your mouse and you will get an option called as Custom Themes. It has two sub-options Custom Lights and Custom Dark. Click on any one of them.


Step 5. Once you have clicked, a new window will appear. Here, you can choose the image from various sources. Select the source for the background image and click the Select button.


Now the background of your mail box has been replaced with your own image.

If you want to change the image again, just click ‘Select a background image’ link under the ‘Custom Themes’ option.


Earlier, only 40 themes were available to change but now you can change it every day or every hour as you like, so now onwards, the themes for you are unlimited.

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  1. Marcus :

    what are the pixles for a custom background

  2. Shahid shaikh :

    I am trying to cheng my own them but there is not showing create your own them cany suggest me how to do

  3. RENUKA :

    I can’t find any options like ‘create your own theme’ pls help

  4. Tanmay :

    @Shahid and Renuka: Currently Google has disabled that feature. They working on this for better experience. Read more from here:

  5. Liana :

    I can’t find any option called- create your own themes…what to do?

  6. Victoria :

    No create your own themes option :(

  7. Felipe :

    Can’t find any option to upload a picture either.

    There’s no fun in reading out-of-date information like this.

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