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Gmail Launches Custom Themes: Use Your Own Picture as Background

In a blog post earlier today, Gmail Software Engineer, Greg Bullock announced that Gmail will now support custom themes. You can use your own pictures as background of Gmail.

Themes have been an important part of Gmail ever since we launched them back in 2008. Not only do they let you personalize your inbox with fun backgrounds, but they’re also practical, helping you easily differentiate between multiple Gmail inboxes (e.g. work and personal).

When we unveiled Gmail’s new look back in November, we introduced a number of new, beautiful HD themes. We also heard that many of you wanted to bring an even more personal touch by setting your own background. So over the next couple of days we are rolling out a new Custom themes section with two options, Light and Dark where you can do just that.

People have always loved to give more personal feeling to everything they use. Google has had option to use own image as background in Google Search page from long, and this new features is surely gonna be welcomes by many. As expected, Google is pushing Google+ more with this feature as you can directly import pictures from your Google+ account and use them as background picture. There will be two options available for customization, Light and Dark

Personalize Gmail Background

You can upload your own images directly, select from your Google+ photos or simply paste any image URL. Or, if you don’t have a particular image in mind, you can browse our searchable Featured Photos section to find one that speaks to you. With so many great options, it may be hard to choose, so to get a sense of the images available, try searching for ‘hdr scenery’ or ‘bokeh wallpaper’ in the Featured tab.

Google also notes that it will be rolling out the feature in next few days, so if you can’t see the option as yet, don’t worry.