Change the Background Picture of Google

Jun 3, 2010 - 20 Comments

change google background picture

Google is rolling out a feature that allows you to change the background picture of Google.com to a user defined image. Here’s how to customize your Google.com landing page background image.

Change the Google Background Image

* Go to Google.com and be sure you are logged into your Google account
* Hover over the bottom left corner of Google.com and click on “Change background image”
* Select an image either from the Public gallery, Editor’s picks, your Picasa album, or an image from your own computer
* Click ‘select’ and close the window.

Your Google.com background is now set to a custom image!

change google homepage background picture

Google.com has long been very minimalist, but this is obviously taking a page from the Bing playbook. Bing has long included attractive images as the search engine home pages background picture, it’s not particularly functional it’s just attractive. I for one welcome the addition regardless of where it’s from, I’m big on customizing things whether it’s changing the login screen on my Mac or adjusting the background picture of the iPad.

Remove the Google Background picture

Removing the Google.com background wallpaper is just a matter of hovering over the lower left corner of the Google homepage and click on “Remove background image”
remove google homepage wallpaper background

You can also use an alternate Google local search engine, set the custom background to white, and some other techniques to remove the Google background if you hate it.

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Posted by: William Pearson in News, Tips & Tricks

20 Comments

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  1. Jim Gates says:

    Outstanding! I hadn’t noticed that link before.

  2. Jive Dadson says:

    Grrrrr! I can find no way to put it back the way it was. If I tell it to remove a background image, it supplies a default image. You can set the image to an all white jpg, but the fonts are not good. I want my minimalist Google back!

    • Paul H says:

      Did you try reloading Google.com after clicking to remove the background image?

      Google seems to be making a pretty heavy push for this feature to its users so it’s possible it’s gone for now, they are supplying a default image at the moment.

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  4. fixit man says:

    What worked for me;
    just use the numeric ip-address of http://www.google.com

    http://72.14.213.147

    for your safety you may check that it truely is google:
    http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/72.14.213.147

  5. ♣NiallLoverIrishPride♣ says:

    The button to change the background, the ‘change background image’ isnt on mine…

  6. Greg says:

    WOW…..you must really think people are, (I’m not going to say it…), not very bright. Yes, I am familiar with the little blurb on the bottom left of the GOOGLE PAGE screen, regarding, “change the background picture”…DUH! OK, now that that’s off my chest, what about the scenario where that little “blurb” no longer presents itself on the screen? What then? Because that is exactly what I am dealing with today. I really don’t know where it went or how to get it back, (like ones’ youth)…..Help me please.
    Thanks you!!!!!

  7. kehansa says:

    I can’t change my background image in google

  8. Denielle says:

    I wanted to change my background image but then when I removed it,it went back to the original google page and I can’t change it anymore!!pls. help me!!

  9. emyat says:

    i dont have a “change background in my lower left area in google homepage!! grrrr. and i am logged onto google but still there is no “change background i found

  10. Faye says:

    As of 11/16 Google has done away with background images. whatever was your background picture has disappeared forever, so you have no way of getting a background picture; your going to stare at a blank Google background.., how boring is that?

  11. trevor says:

    wwoooowww, thats pretty dumb,

  12. Avinash says:

    My “change the background picture” is no shows there. Any idea on how to get it?

  13. colin jackson says:

    thanks a lot google,now i`ve got to find another search engine that`s not a totaly boring white background!
    anyone got any suggestions??

  14. jacob says:

    it’s not available anymore

  15. anonymous says:

    I can’t find it!!!! The owner of google is soo stupid to remove the availability to change the background. I AM SOOO MAD!!!!!!!! They are just plain out dumb.

  16. anonymous says:

    I don’t have that stupid app at the bottom left corner

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