How to change your background on a Chromebook, using its default photos or one of your own

You can set a custom image as your background on your Chromebook.

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You can set a custom image as your background on your Chromebook.
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  • You can change the background on your Chromebook relatively easily, once you’ve familiarized yourself with the product a bit.
  • You can either use one of the computer’s preset images, or download your own image to use as a desktop background.
  • Here’s how to change your background on a Chromebook, using either a preset image or a custom one.
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Customizing your computer is part of the fun of getting a new device.

If you’re new to Chromebook, however, getting used to the various quirks of the operating system can require a bit of effort, even for something as simple as changing your background.

But once you familiarize yourself with the device, it’s an easy enough task and should only take a few minutes to complete.

To get you started, here’s what you need to know to change your background on a Chromebook:

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How to change your background on a Chromebook using the Wallpaper Picker

There are two primary ways to select a new desktop background on a Chromebook – using one of the images preloaded on your computer in the Wallpaper Picker or uploading one of your own images.

Here’s how to use a photo from the Wallpaper Picker:

1. Right-click anywhere on your current desktop.

2. Select “Set wallpaper” – this will prompt a window to pop-up on your screen.

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Click “Set wallpaper.”
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3. Click the image you want to use. You can use the left sidebar to select from different backgrounds – like art, landscapes, or colors.

Select which photo you'd like to use as your wallpaper.

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Select which photo you’d like to use as your wallpaper.
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And here’s how to select your own image to use as a desktop background, provided you’ve already downloaded it onto your Chromebook:

How to change your desktop background on your Chromebook using your own image in the Files app

1. Click the button in the far-left bottom corner of the screen.

2. Tap the up arrow to open it fully.

3. Select “Files.”

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Click the “Files” icon.
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4. Under “Downloads” – located in the left sidebar – right-click on your custom image.

5. Click “Set as wallpaper.”

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Select “Set as wallpaper” from the list.
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