If there’s one thing to note about Google, it’s that they keep it super simple. Even so, the simplicity of the Chrome homepage screen may be a little stale for you.

Google Chrome lets you change your homepage background, which appears whenever you open a new tab, to any image or GIF you want. Using Kapwing, I'm going to show you how to set up your custom Google Chrome background in just a few steps:

  1. Open the ‘Google Chrome Background Image Template
  2. Change the background
  3. Add images and text
  4. Publish and download
  5. Upload to Google Chrome

1. Open the ‘Google Chrome Background Image Template’

First, open the ‘Google Chrome Background Image Template’ to ensure your design fits the screen. The orange space indicates where your design will be cut off.

A screenshot of the Google Chrome homepage template in the Kapwing Studio.
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Disclaimer: this template only works for screens that have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Otherwise, you can open Kapwing Studio, click ‘Start with a blank canvas’ and customize the dimensions based on your screen size.

2. Change the background

Next, select the color picker under ‘Background Color’ and select a new background color.

A screen recording GIF showing how to change the background color in the Kapwing Studio.

To add an image as the background, read on to the next step and fit your image to cover the white space.

3. Add images and text

Now, click ‘Images’ in the top left and choose an option that works for you. I chose to search my computer and upload my logo.

A screen recording showing how to upload images to the Kapwing Studio.

Once you’ve added images, click ‘Text’ in the top left, add your message and edit using the tools on the far right side. Remember, this is your custom background, so feel free to experiment with Kapwing’s unique tools.

4. Publish and download

When you’re done, click ‘Publish’ in the top right and wait for Kapwing to process the final product. After processing, click ‘Download’ to save your custom background to your device.

A screenshot showing how to download images from Kapwing.

5. Upload to Google Chrome

Last, open a new tab in Google Chrome, look to the bottom right and click the ‘Customize’ option. A menu will appear where you can click to upload your new custom background.

A screen recording showing how to update the homepage background in Chrome.

Finally, you’ve escaped the default Google Chrome background and added your own flair to the search experience - right on!

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