How to Change Google Background on Your Desktop and Mobile

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If you’re like us, you’re probably using Google’s incredibly useful search function at least a couple times a day, so you know that the tech giant’s search page looks pretty basic. The good news, however, is that you can easily change the Google background without breaking a sweat.

In this article we show you how you can do that on your desktop as well as on your Android device.

How to Change the Background on Google in Chrome

Before starting this tutorial, take into account that you need to use Chrome on your PC if you want to customize Google’s home screen background.  Make sure you also log in with your Google account once you’ve opened the browser. Now all you need to do is the following:

1. Open a new tab in your browser.

2. In the lower-right corner, you should see a Customize button.

How To Change Google Search Background Chrome Desktop

3. Click on it to select from Google’s own image gallery.

How To Change Google Search Background Select Image Chrome Desktop

4. Once you’ve decided which image you want to use, click on it and select Done.

How To Change Google Search Background Set New Image Chrome Desktop

5. The effect should be visible immediately.

How To Change Google Search Background Results Chrome Desktop

Alternatively, you can use your own image or GIF by clicking on the “Upload from Device” option and setting up a customized background. From the same menu, you can try applying a theme. There are a few options available here, but Google offers even more in case you’re not satisfied with this crop. To find these themes, follow the steps below on your PC.

1. In Chrome, tap on the three-dot menu located in the upper-right corner of the display.

How To Change Google Search Background Three Dot Menu Chrome

2. Go to Settings.

How To Change Google Search Background Settings Chrome

3. On the left part of your display, click on Appearance.

How To Change Google Search Background Appearance Chrome

4. Select Theme.

How To Change Google Search Background Theme Store Chrome

5. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Web Store where you have a lot of options to choose from. A new theme will have the effect of changing the appearance of other elements in your browser including the tabs.

How To Change Google Search Select Theme Chrome

6. Pick your favorite and then click on the “Add to Chrome” button.

How To Change Google Search Background Add Theme To Chrome

7. The changes should take effect immediately without you having to restart the browser.

How To Change Google Search Background Theme Result Chrome

Should you ever want to revert to the standard look, simply go back to “Settings -> Appearance -> Themes,” and click on the “Reset to Default” button to have things go back to normal.

How to Customize the Background in the Google App on Android

Things are a bit trickier if you want to apply a fresh coat of paint on Google’s home page on mobile. Unfortunately, you can’t do so using the fully-fledged Google app. However, if you’re willing to switch to Google’s alternate app, which was designed for low-end smartphone but works perfectly well on any device, then you will be able to customize your background.

1. Install and open Google Go on your Android smartphone.

2. Locate and tap on the gear icon that sits in the upper-right corner of the display.

How To Change Google Search Background Google Go Settings

3. Click the “Choose wallpaper” option at the top of the screen.

4. Select the picture you want to set as the background from your image library.

How To Change Google Search Background New Image Google Go App

5. Press Set wallpaper.

6. The new image should replace the standard white background that greets you whenever you open the Google Go app.

How To Change Google Search Background New Image Overview Mobile

If you wish to revert back to the white background, tap again on the gear icon in the Google Go app, then select “Remove wallpaper.”

How To Change Google Search Background Remove Wallpaper Google Go

Chrome does not offer the same options for Google background customization on mobile. You can switch to dark mode, but apart from that you can’t set different themes or change the background image.

If you’re interested in expanding your Chrome knowledge, then perhaps you’ll also be interested in learning how to block websites when using the browser or how to enable flash player in Chrome.

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Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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