- Steps to change Gmail Background in Gmail for PC and mobile
- You can also enable Dark mode on Gmail
- Set your custom photo as Gmail Background
One fine day, Google and Gmail came into existence, and users have been hooked ever since. Recently Chrome introduced the dark mode for the mobile and desktop versions. But if you are anything like most Gmail users, you probably find it difficult to go about changing your background, which is currently a dull white & gray canvas.
Luckily, Gmail provides an easy option for all of you to modify your theme or background, allowing you to better your mood, boost your attention, or simply make your online time a lot more fun.
How to change the background in Gmail?
Here is an easy tutorial for you to start changing your Gmail backdrop using Gmail Themes. Pictures have been added with each step for your ease.
- Go to Settings
Click on the icon, as depicted below. You can find the same in the top right corner of your Gmail window.
- Go to Themes
After you click on Settings, a menu like the one below should be visible. Here, on the extreme right, an option reading “Themes” must be visible. Click on this.
- Set Theme
When you click on Themes, a new option opens up below it. The new option reads “Set Theme”. Click on the same.
- Choose among the themes
When you click on Set Theme, you would have the option “Pick Your Theme” to choose from a set of Google’s predesigned themes, or you can choose from your private photos too - it is entirely your discretion.
Many of the images on this page are of natural landscapes (like rivers, plants, skies, animals, etc.). However, you will be able to select basic themes such as a dark theme (which may be easier for your eyes) or a high brightness and/or contrast theme (to help you clearly see things).
- Edit your theme
When you select a photo from the list or upload your own, you'll be able to change a few settings regarding the way your photo is presented. Text, Vignette, and Blur choices are available at the bottom of this panel. The Text setting allows you to select a Light or Dark backdrop for the text. The Vignette would give you a scale that ranges for darkening the edges of your backdrop picture. The Blur tool would give you a scale to blur the backdrop picture (which is best suited for a photo with intricate detail).
In the image below, the icons are text, vignette, and blur, respectively.
- Save your theme
After you've selected an image or a theme for the backdrop and tweaked the parameters connected with it, click Save. You can find this option as a blue button on the bottom right of your "Pick a theme" window. Your modifications will be implemented. It is also worth noting that you could always come back to the preset theme if you would like to.
You can follow the same steps to change your background any time again in the future if needed.
Why would anyone want to change the Gmail background?
So now, we assume you know how to edit and modify the backdrop of your Gmail. Now, let's have a look at a few of the reasons why doing so is generally a smart idea.
Usually, people are motivated by one of the following factors:
- Something unique: Many people are just ready for a change after having used Gmail for so many years. Having to look at the same backdrop for hours on end every day becomes tiresome, to the point that nearly any image or fresh color seems better.
- Tone: Some individuals desire a different hue or picture because it offers the ability to enhance or modify their mood. Would you prefer to gaze at a plain white backdrop or a relaxing image of a lovely forest, for instance? How about a family picture to remind you why you have been working so hard?
- Clarity and eye strain: Staring at a computer monitor for the whole day may be taxing, and if you are not cautious, it can lead to computer vision syndrome or strained vision problems. Furthermore, some users find the preset Gmail theme difficult to read. Changing the backdrop might fix one or both of these issues, thus, making your screen simpler to see and reduce eye strain.
Your e-mail account is most likely not among the most enjoyable stuff to pay heed to. There are, however, methods to liven up your email, one being, by modifying your Gmail background. And besides, a new backdrop can totally transform the appearance of your laptop or phone, then why not your Gmail?
Play with varied backdrops to see just how you react—you might be shocked at the increase of your attention span, productivity, or overall betterment of mood with one backdrop picture versus another.
How to enable Dark Mode in Gmail in Web
Well, these are the days when every app/website in the world is expected to have a dark mode. Recently, there has been a boatload of hype about the dark mode, which lets the user turn on dark mode and expect an easier on the eye background color & element colors. This is an article that lets you learn how to enable dark mode in Gmail.
Back from the early days of smartphones and gadgets, people have always looked for non-native ways to enable dark mode either in the entire system, dark mode on the browser, or even specific apps and features.
- Open Gmail and login to your preferred browser. I'm assuming you all are using Google Chrome. If you are using Firefox, good for you because that means you care about your RAM and your device 😂.
- After logging, Tap on the Settings icon at the top right corner next to the profile icon as seen above.
- As soon as click on that, A Quick Settings window appears in the right part of the screen.
- In the quick settings window, choose View All under the Theme section.
- This would open a new window as below with the options to change the Theme.
- As pointed out in the image above, you could click on the black box which is the Dark Mode option. As soon as you click on it, the theme of Gmail will be changed and you can have a preview of how it would look. But you have to remember that the settings have not been changed yet in your Gmail settings.
- To set Dark Mode in action, Click on Save. This would save the Dark Mode for your Gmail.
How to enable Dark Mode in Gmail in iPhone
- Open Gmail App. Tap on the Sidebar at the top left corner.
- In the sidebar menu that appears, scroll down to see the Settings. Choose Settings.
- Under the settings menu, Choose Theme.
- Inside the Theme option, there are different options. They are the Light, Dark, and System Default.
- Chose Dark. No, Save option after that. The Dark mode gets applied directly to the app. You can go back and verify it as seen below.
The steps for android is pretty much the same. You can easily follow it into Settings and enable dark mode very easily.
How to enable Dark Mode in Gmail Mobile Android App
To Enable Dark Mode on your Gmail Android App, follow these steps below-
- Open your Gmail App and click on the Menu (Three lines)
- Scroll down to the bottom and choose settings
- Click on General Settings
- Choose Theme to see Light, Dark and System Default.
- You can choose System Default, if you have dark as your mobile default option
- or, choose Dark to Enable Dark mode
Benefits of Dark Mode
We've all been there when we are lying on bed in a dark room but the light from the mobile is blinding your eyes. It doesn't make a lot of difference even if your brightness levels are at the lowest settings. Dark Mode definitely fixes this issue. Dark Mode doesn't take the light away entirely but takes it away enough for your to use it effectively while not affecting your eyes. The following are the benefits of dark mode:
- Exposure to blinding light and blue color results in dry and painful eyes. These lights from the phone suppress the release of melatonin which is an essential hormone required to get you to sleep.
- Dark Mode looks damn so cool. If you are gadget nerd, you know the hacker feel that it gives you while using it.
- This is no brainer when I say dark mode saves your battery. in an OLED screen, At 100% screen brightness, the dark interface is saving a whopping 60% of screen energy. Even Apple has promised that it would end the LCD screen and move to entirely OLED screens which means saving more battery power. Both iOS and Android have native dark mode support now, so, you can make good use of it and enjoy the experience.
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