How To Add Background Wallpaper To Google Homepage

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Important UPDATE: Google has discontinued this feature and you cannot directly add a background wallpaper to Google anymore. However, we have covered certain workarounds using which you can get back that feature. Check that article by clicking here -> How to Get Back Google Background Image on Chrome and Firefox.

Google recently rolled out background image feature (see the update above). There is nothing innovative in Google’s move as they simply copied the most striking feature of Microsoft Bing (btw, you can check out Bing theme pack and wallpaper collection ). Having said that, I love this feature because now, I longer need to hop on to Bing frequently to check those tempting background wallpapers.

This feature is only available on Google.com currently. If you try to open a local version of Google, for example, Google.co.in then you won’t find those settings. So first switch to Google.com. Click on the link given below the search box as shown in the screenshot below.

google india homepage

You are now on Google.com. Don’t confuse with the beta tag in the screenshot below as I am using https version of Google. Now click on “Add a background image” link.

google background wallpaper

It will redirect you to the login page. Enter your Google login credentials ( you may also use your Gmail account login details ).

google sign in

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A dialog box will appear displaying a public gallery of images. You can choose any wallpaper in the gallery. Also you can select wallpapers from “Editor’s picks” section.

google background wallpapers

On the left side, click on “From my computer” tab. Now select the image from your computer. Note that size of image should be same as size of Google’s homepage. You’ll get the best result. This image will be added to your Picasa Drop Box folder.

google background images

Given below is the added background image.

google homepage background

Note: Whenever you’ll login with your Google account on different computer, a link will appear saying “Wallpaper the Google homepage”. Click on it to get the background you have set by following the above steps. You don’t need to add background again and again on different computers.

That’s how you can add custom wallpaper / image to Google. Let us know what you think of this feature.

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  • cutter

    hi….

    my own photos all seem to crop and I don’t see the option to fit images….what are the optimum image dimensions?

    thanks in advance…

    • Abhijeet

      Here’s what Google has to say on image dimensions – “We recommend that you use images that are wider than they are tall (landscape orientation). Images must be at least 800 x 600 pixels and in one of the following formats: .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .gif, .psd (Photoshop), .png, .tga, and selected RAW formats. In Picasa, you can resize photos.” Check this link for more on this – http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=180720&hl=en

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  • Botte

    I was having difficulty with the Google background wallpaper (it kept failing to upload my pictures!) but then found a site called Gazoomy(http://www.gazoomy.com) which seems to be far better.

    It’s a very slick version of Google and the images look beautiful with the transparency of the search bar and results page. You can position the search bar wherever you like by dragging it so it doesn’t obscure a main part of the background – great feature! The results page updates on the fly as you enter information into the search bar, so it’s very very nice and easy to use. It’s strange how Google, with all their wealth of internet knowledge, really lack in innovation these days.

    So yeah, Gazoomy is a really good site, so try it out:

    http://www.gazoomy.com/

    • http://www.winanxbox360.com tomas

      Thanks Botte for that link. I really like Gazoomy!

  • Hilarious

    Hilarious that Gazoomy site. It’s jam packed with Google ads, so on top of the ads you normally get, you also get some more from Gazoomy! It’s like a double serving of ADS!

    Innovation/Features? That site has nothing compared to what you can do with Pre-made Greasemonkey Scripts and Firefox imho. That being said, it’s great for people that have no idea what Firefox is and can do.

    • http://www.winanxbox360.com tomas

      I don’t get that. Google has ads in the search results exactly like Gazoomy does!? Hmm, well I like it. It’s gimicky but I like it.

  • jignesh

    google

  • Ankitnaghate

    what is the ideal size of the image that should be uploaded to fit the screen?

  • Fabian

    it wont let me choose from own computer photos its been like this for over 2 weeks now the only choices are picasa or google images wich suck any help?

  • Jodie_anna_is_4

    How do you add one of your own pictures to Google’s public gallery?

  • Onyx

    Mine doesn’t have “From Your Computer,” what do I do?

  • EJ B-Jaybow

    Your Photo

  • lulu

    my google chrome doesnt show all these options.:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/pavel.titarenko.564 Pavel Titarenko

    i dont have the link! is their another way?

  • Chocomint

    Now there’s no such thing as “Go to Google.com” or “add a background image”. Was this like a few years ago?

  • Jack

    What’s a Google? Is that some sort of food or something? Please help me

  • Mazin Hussain

    I think this only works on Google Chrome

  • chass

    hi

  • chass

    sup bitch