Q. I learned a lot from your recent infographic on Gmail. It turns out I didn’t know as much as I thought I did about Gmail. I had no idea about Undo Send, very cool!
I also learned that I can change the look of my Gmail by using themes but I don’t know how to do that. Can you do an article on how to use themes with Gmail?
A. Sure. If you use Gmail you may as well make the most of the experience by using themes. Instead of staring at a colorless page, you can enrich your experience by choosing an appealing theme or even creating one of your own. Using a theme is easy and takes just a few steps to turn your Gmail into a personalized, beautiful experience.
How to Choose a Gmail Theme
Click on the Gear icon ⚙ in the upper right corner of Gmail and choose Themes from the drop-down menu:
The Themes page shows you a variety of choices, including color, HD and classic themes. You can choose serene themes such as Mountain Tops or Ocean, or fun ones such as Candy, Ninja or High Score. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can choose Random.
Try out your new theme for a while. If you don’t like it, try another one. They’re free!
Light vs. Dark
Themes come in two flavors: light and dark. Dark themes have, well, a dark background with white font while light themes have a white background and black font. You can see whether themes are light or dark by the color of the bottom right corner of the thumbnail icon.
Some scenery themes are dynamic and change with the time of day and/or the weather. If you enter your location, the theme will show changing scenes such as sunrise, sunset, daylight, night, sun, clouds, etc. You can enter your location at the bottom of the Themes page to set the theme to your time and weather.
Themes that change have a symbol in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail icon:
Your choice of themes becomes virtually limitless if you decide to use a custom theme. Want to use your own photo of your adorable children, cute puppy or a French Girls selfie? Not a problem!
To create a custom theme, choose Custom Theme, Light or Dark from the Themes page. You can use your photos from your computer or the Internet. Google recommends you use a photo larger than 2560 x 1920 px.
Sharing a Custom Theme
If you’re particularly pleased with your Custom Theme, you can share it with others. After you’ve created your theme, Google will ask you if you want to share it using a link, Google Plus, or Gmail.
Note that the image you use for your Custom Theme will be stored in either Picasa or Google Plus. If the image is deleted then your theme will be deleted too.
Finding Custom Themes
If you want to create a Custom Theme using other images, check out GmailSkins which has a gallery of high quality photos for using in Gmail Custom Themes. You can search the images by topic (nature, architecture, water, etc.) and sort them by popularity, date or title.
The photos are stunning, leave yourself plenty of time to browse.
When you find a photo you like, you can make it your new theme with just two clicks. Click on the picture you want, then click on Set as Gmail Background, Light or Dark. Your Gmail page will open with a confirmation that this theme is your choice. Click OK and you’ll have your new theme!
You can share your images with GmailSkins. Just click on Upload a New Image to add your image to their gallery of themes. You can also share themes from GmailSkins on Google Plus.
Do you use a theme with Gmail? What theme do you use?Have you ever created your own Custom Theme? Have you checked out GmailSkins? Let us know in the Comments section below!