How to change the wallpaper on your Chromebook: A step by step guide
One of the first things to do when you get a new Chromebook is to customize it by changing the wallpaper. It’s so easy anyone could do it — and it only takes a minute or two. You can either use a custom Chromebook wallpaper or opt for one of the wallpapers already available on the device. Here’s how to do it.
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How to set a custom Chromebook wallpaper
The first step is to make sure the image you want to use as your wallpaper is saved on the device. If it’s not, find a great wallpaper online and download it to your Chromebook.
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Once that’s sorted out, click the circular Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen and then expand the window by clicking the up arrow — as shown in the screenshot above. Find and open “Files,” click “Downloads,” and locate the image you want to use as your wallpaper. Then just right-click the image, select the “Set wallpaper” option, and you’re done.
Step-by-step instructions on how to change wallpaper on Chromebook (custom wallpapers):
- Download an image you want to use as your Chromebook wallpaper from the web.
- Click the circular Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Click the up arrow.
- Find and open Files.
- Click Downloads and locate the image you want to use as your Chromebook wallpaper.
- Right-click the image and select the Set wallpaper option.
Go with a pre-installed Chromebook wallpaper
Choosing a pre-installed wallpaper is even easier and faster than opting for a custom one. Start by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting the “Set wallpaper” option. After that, click an image you like to set it as your wallpaper. If you don’t know which one to go with, check the box next to “Surprise me” and your device will choose a wallpaper for you and show you a new one every now and then.
Step-by-step instructions on how to change wallpaper on Chromebook (default wallpapers):
- Right-click on your desktop and select the Set wallpaper option.
- Click on an image you like to set it as your Chromebook wallpaper.
- Alternatively, check the box next to Surprise me and your device will choose the wallpaper for you.
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Sync your wallpaper across devices
You can sync your wallpaper (as well as settings) across multiple Chrome OS devices. This will ensure you will already have your wallpaper whenever you log into a Chromebook using your Google account.
- Select the Time/account section in the bottom-right corner.
- Select the gear icon to enter the settings.
- Find the People section.
- Select Sync and Google services.
- Choose Manage sync.
- Select what you want to sync, or pick Sync everything.
There you have it — that’s how you can change the wallpaper on your Chromebook.
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Changing the Wallpaper and Theme on Your Google Chromebook
If you know how to change your Chromebook's wallpaper and themes, you can customize the desktop and Google Chrome. You can even choose one of your images for the Chromebook background.
Instructions in this article apply to laptops with Chrome OS, regardless of who made the device.
Chromebook Themes and Wallpapers
Chromebooks are lightweight laptops made primarily for productivity applications and browsing the web. In addition to several pre-installed wallpapers, the Chrome Web Store has tons of free themes that alter the appearance of the Google browser. While many models are available, the Chrome OS interface is standard across all devices, so the steps for changing the wallpaper and theme is the same for all Chromebooks.
How to Change the Wallpaper on Chromebook
To choose a different desktop background for your Chromebook:
Select the taskbar menu in the lower-right corner of the desktop, then select the Settingsgear to open the Chromebook settings.
You can also access the Chromebook settings from the menu in the upper-right corner of the Google Chrome browser.
Go to the left pane of the Settings window and select Personalization.
The Wallpaper app displays thumbnails of pre-installed images. Select the categories in the left pane to browse through the options.
Select Daily Refresh to have Chrome OS choose a random wallpaper from the category each time you start your computer.
Select the wallpaper you want to update the desktop immediately.
Some images display information about the photographer. Select Explore under the photographer's name to visit the owner's website.
If you prefer to use one of your images as the desktop background, select My Images. You'll see thumbnails of all the images in your Downloads folder. Select the one you want to update the desktop immediately.
Select Center Cropped at the top of the menu to crop the image to fit the screen.
How to Change Themes on Chromebook
To download and install a new theme for Google Chrome:
Open Google Chrome, select the three dots in the upper-right corner, then select Settings from the drop-down menu.
In the left pane of the Settings window, select Appearance.
Select Browser themes.
The Themes section of the Chrome Web Store opens in the Chrome browser. Scroll down the page to browse through hundreds of options and select the theme you want.
Select View all next to a category to see all the themes in that specific category.
Select Add to Chrome. Once installed, the new theme is applied to the Chrome interface immediately.
How to Reset the Chrome Browser Theme to the Default
If you don't like how the new theme looks, select Undo below the search bar to switch to the previous theme.
You can also return the browser to its original theme from the Google Chrome settings. Go to the Appearance section and select Reset to default next to Browser themes.
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How to Change Chromebook Wallpaper (Multiple Options)
You can change your Chromebook’s wallpaper automatically using the built-in Wallpaper Picker app or using third-party apps like Resplash. This article explains how to set this up.
Do you want to change your Chromebook’s wallpaper automatically, every day or maybe every hour? Here are your options.
Using the Chrome OS Wallpaper Picker App
The built-in Wallpapers app has the option to change your desktop background automatically. The customization options are limited, but you can choose a category and set it to refresh daily.
To do this:
Right-click anywhere on your current wallpaper and choose Set wallpaper.
Pick any category other than My images and turn Daily refresh on.
With this, your Chromebook’s wallpaper will automatically change every day. If you want more controls like refreshing the image every hour, or only while charging, etc, you will need a third-party app like Resplash.
Automatic Chromebook Wallpaper using Resplash
You can install Android wallpapers on your Chromebook to set automatic wallpapers. We will use the popular Resplash app to demonstrate this.
Install the Resplash app from here.
Click Allow when the app requests permission to access your Chromebook’s storage.
Click the hamburger menu (three lines)on the top-left corner and choose Auto wallpaper.
Turn Auto Wallpaper on.
You have the following customization options:
- WiFi: Check this if you want to download and change wallpaper only when connected to WiFi
- Charging: Check this if you want to download and change wallpaper only while charging.
- Idle: Check this to change the wallpaper only when your Chromebook is idle.
- Interval: Select how frequently the wallpaper will change. You have various options between 48 hours to 15 minutes.
- Category: Select “All”, “Featured” or “Custom”
- Custom Category (Enabled when you select Custom under Category): Enter a keyword. For example, “books” to use images tagged as “books” as wallpaper.
- Select screen: Home screen, Lock Screen or both.
- Auto Wallpaper History: A list of previous wallpapers, if you want to explore them or know more about them.
You can also manually change the wallpaper. For example, if you don’t like the current wallpaper that the Auto Wallpaper feature picked, you can force it to go to the next image. To do this, click the forward arrow on the Auto Wallpaper screen.
Hope you found this guide useful. If you have followup questions, please share them in the comments section.
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Chrome OS is getting a new wallpaper app with Material You vibes
By Kent Duke
It's also way smoother and less broken than the old picker
Personalizing your Chromebook's desktop is key to spicing up your device with a modern, fresh look. With Google's attractive selection of stock backgrounds (that you can download here), it's easy to find a wallpaper that matches your style — as long as you don't mind dealing with its mediocre wallpaper-selection interface. For years, choosing a background has been a bit of a drag thanks to awkward sorting and confusingly poor performance. That may soon be over, as Google is rebuilding its wallpaper picker from the ground up.
Google has been working on a new wallpaper experience for over a half year in attempt to covert it into an SWA (system web app) from its aging Chrome app counterpart. The developers initially planned to integrate the wallpaper picker into the system preferences page (as reported by ChromeUnboxed), but that plan has since changed to create a new standalone app instead. We've been tracking Google's efforts since it added the Chrome flag to activate the new wallpaper experience, and just recently, the app became functional, complete with a fresh look. Intrepid users on the Canary channel can see the new UI by copying and pasting the following URL in bold into Chrome's address bar:
Enables the wallpaper picker in ChromeOS Settings – Chrome OS
Switch its drop-down box from Default to Enabled, then restart your Chromebook. Once your session comes back up, you'll see the brand new wallpaper app after right-clicking the desktop and selecting "Set wallpaper" from the context menu.
Work-in-progress wallpaper picker app UI.
The wallpaper picker's appearance looks strikingly different from before. There's a sprinkle of Material You in it, with liberal use of rounded corners, Google's Product Sans font, and larger text that's comparable to Android 12's system settings. It retires the old vertical layout for a horizontal grid, akin to Google's wallpaper app on Android. Chrome OS sorts the backgrounds by their respective collections, which you can access by clicking on the rounded-off thumbnails. There's a navigation strip just above the preview showing your applied wallpaper, which changes depending on which collection you've accessed. Unlike the old app, scrolling is buttery smooth — no weird flashes or lag to be seen.
Even in its early stages, the new wallpaper experience is leagues ahead of the old wallpaper app. The jitters, random glitches, and messy organization made it outright frustrating to apply a wallpaper to my desktop — I ditched the picker altogether and used the Chrome OS file manager instead. In fact, I was really surprised how terrible it was when I purchased my first Chromebook. Personalization is one of the first things most people get into when setting up their device for the first time, and going through that mess really isn't a good look for Chrome OS. The new picker solves a host of problems.
A mock-up of how the wallpaper picker could look like when it's complete.
That said, the awkward title bar, jank when resizing the wallpaper picker, and the lack of animation are clear signs it's not a finished product. While I expect these issues to be addressed in subsequent Canary updates, there are also a couple more things I'd like to see. Right now, just about everything about the picker uses Google's new design language, except color extraction. I think the picker would look sick if it extracted the color from your wallpaper and applied it to the app's background. I'd also love (like many others) if Google brought its Live Wallpapers to Chrome OS. Quality of life improvements really go a long way to help enhance the Chrome OS experience, and I'm all for them.
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Chromebook wallpaper for
Google has rolled out a new wallpaper collection to Chromebooks called “Imaginary” that adds 12 colorful new images to Chrome OS. Each background contains a fun, digitally-sculpted scene.
The wallpapers, which were designed by digital artist Leo Natsume, are made up of clay people or personified things in a variety of scenes and situations. They are titled as follows:
- The Savanna’s Band
- All in Bloom
- Best friends
- Next Level!
- Castle of Imagination
- New Dance
- Reading and Dreaming
- The Date
- Hanging Around
- Creator and Robot
- Birthday Memento
To apply one, simply right click the desktop on your Chromebook and select “Set wallpaper,” then choose “Imaginary” in the side menu. The new collection appears beneath “Landscapes” and above “Element.” This is a server-side rollout that should be available for all Chromebook models, so if you don’t see it right away, try reopening the wallpaper picker or restarting your laptop.
They join Cityscapes, Landscapes, Element, Made by Canvas, Collage, Composition, Leisure, Dessert time, Colors, Illustrations, Art, and Solid colors.
Natsume has previously collaborated on campaigns with companies like Facebook and Adobe. With a smooth, clay-like style, he creates a diverse cast of people, animals, monsters, fruits, and vegetables. This particular collection seems to center around happy moments and bursts of energy.
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Change Chromebook Background Wallpaper
There are several options for Chromebook desktop wallpaper. Like Windows and Apple laptops, Chromebooks include plenty of wallpaper options for your desktop. There are many different default options, but some users will want more. Almost anything is more exciting than some of the default desktop image options. Fortunately, it is very easy to change a background picture on ChromeOS. Below are some instructions on how to change the background picture on a Chromebook and some links to sites that have cool background images to download.
Before finding the best background image for your desktop, you might want to refresh yourself on how to set this picture as a background image.
Use wallpaper from Chromebook
- Right-click your desktop and select Set wallpaper.
- Click one of the images to set your wallpaper. You can also get a randomly selected image by checking the box next to Surprise me. The built-in wallpaper browser in ChromeOS has a “Surprise Me” button that chooses a new wall-paper every day “at random”.
Google has some great desktop wallpaper options that come default. However, some users may want to use their own custom Chromebook wallpaper. This is when it may be useful to use the instructions below
Use a custom wallpaper on Chromebook
In addition to the dozens of pre-installed options available, you also have the ability to use your own image file as Chromebook wallpaper.
- If you haven’t yet, download an image (.png or .jpg) from the web that you’d like as your wallpaper. If you’re having trouble setting your wallpaper, make sure the image is in a supported format (.png or .jpg).
- Click the Launcher and select All Apps.
- Select Files.
- In the left column, click Downloads. If you choose an image in your Downloads folder just be careful to back it up and restore it after a powerwash or full recovery.
- Right-click the image you want as your wallpaper, then click Set wallpaper.
Some Chromebook administrators may not allow changing the desktop background this way. If the instructions do not work, ask them for permission to do this.
Many users will want to download desktop background wallpaper. One thing to remember when doing this is to be sure of your screen resolution. You will want to download background images that match the screen resolution of the Chromebook that you are using. If you are using an extension to do this automatically, the extension will download wallpaper that is ideal for your Chromebook’s screen resolution. Some of these applications will automatically sets a beautiful high definition image as the desktop wallpaper on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices. New wallpaper on every restart. Users can manually change the wallpaper anytime.
Best Chromebook Wallpaper Extensions
Google Wallpaper Art – Google has a Wallpaper Art app that you can download. With this app, you’ll see wallpaper masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet, all the way to contemporary works from street artists around the world. The artwork is refreshed every day. Art Project masterpieces from Google Cultural Institute as your wallpaper. Google does offer Chrome extensions that will change your new tab page to show images from the Google Art Project or satellite photos from Google Earth. These will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux, too.
Bing Desktop Wallpaper Extension – Download the Wallpaper from Bing for Chromebook™. This extension automatically sets Bing’s image of the day as the desktop wallpaper on Chromebooks and other ChromeOS devices.
HD Wallpapers for Chromebook™ Down the HD Wallpapers for Chromebook™ Beautiful HD wallpapers for Chromebook and other Chrome OS devices.Automatically sets a beautiful high definition image as the desktop wallpaper on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices.New wallpaper on every restart. Users can manually change the wallpaper anytime.Works only on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices. Not for Windows, macOS or Linux.
Best Website for Chromebook Custom Wallpaper
There are many excellent websites for downloading Chromebook wallpaper. When getting some new background images, it is very important to understand what your screen resolution is. This will ensure that you are getting the best sized image for your Chromebook.
Wallhaven Alpha is a gateway to the popular wallpaper hub Wallhaven.cc. They have an app allows you to search for wallpapers, tags, view latest or random wallpapers, favourite, save, set your wallpaper or lockscreen and even dynamically set your wallpaper/lockscreen/live tile with a random image at specified intervals!
Download free computer wallpapers, pictures, and desktop backgrounds. A unique community with something for everyone!
Hi-res original 3d-rendered computer desktop wallpapers created by Ryan Bliss. The public gallery images are FREE to use as your personal desktop wallpaper
A well stocked and popular wallpaper sharing site.
The Paper Wall
Lots of high qualify desktop background images.
A couple more sites include pexels.com and wallpaperswide.com, but a Google search gets you to many options pretty quickly.
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How to Change Wallpaper on Your Chromebook
You can easily change your Chromebook’s background and set a specific image as your wallpaper — all it takes is a few clicks.
Changing the wallpaper on your Chromebook is an easy and effective way to personalise your device and make feel more like yours.
You can use pretty much any image or photo you have as the wallpaper on your Chromebook, or you can pick from one of Google’s built-in background suggestions collated and collected from artists and photographers.
For precisely how, read on.
Change Background on a Chromebook
Your Chromebook comes with an app that lets your change the background image to something other than what you see normally.
The quickest way to access the wallpaper picker is to:
- Right-click on the empty desktop
- Select the Set wallpaper option
This opens the wallpaper picker app, which you can see below:
A tonne of high-quality desktop backgrounds are available here, free for you to use on your Chromebook. These are separated into specific categories, e.g., Cityscapes, Illustrations, Abstract, etc.
Select a category from the left sidebar to browse images grouped in it. When you see a picture you like just click on it to set it as your background.
When you’re bored, repeat the process until you find a background you’re happy with.
Set an Image as Chromebook Wallpaper
Want to set an particular image as your Chromebook wallpaper instead?
The wallpaper picker app also lets you set a specific image as your Chromebook wallpaper:
- Right-click on the empty desktop
- Select the Set wallpaper option
- Click ‘My Images’ in the sidebar
The “My Images” section displays a grid of image files downloaded and stored on your Chromebook or in your Google Drive.
Just click on any image you see to make it your background (and pick whether the image appears centered or center cropped).
You can also set Chromebook wallpaper from the Files app. Just right click on an image file and, if it’s compatible, select the ‘Set as wallpaper’ option:
- Open the Files app (blue circle with white folder)
- Right-click on a compatible image
- Select ‘Set as wallpaper’
This method works on any images downloaded, stored in your Google Drive, or located on on a USB drive or SD card.
What’s your Chromebook wallpaper?
Keep in mind that low-quality images don’t look great when they’re stretched across the screen! So, where possible, try to download high-quality wallpapers or use hi-resolution photos.
Try to avoid using a busy desktop background that makes it harder to “see” the Chrome OS application shelf.
If your device is ‘managed’, e.g., you’re using a school Chromebook, you can’t change the desktop background without your administrator’s permission, sorry!
Now you know how to change the wallpaper on your Chromebook tell me: did you use one of Google’s images, or your own?
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