Add Background to Google Search Homepage

After getting a new look approximately a month ago, Google is further improving our user experience by rolling out a feature that allow us to select a custom background image for the homepage. Think Bing, but with you having control which image is being shown.

Photos can be selected from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or a public gallery hosted by Picasa.

Select background for Google homepage

featuring artwork by Jeff Koons, photographed by Sandy Volz

featuring artwork by Tom Otterness, photographed by Cesar Perez

Google homepage custom background

Don’t worry if you’ve yet to see the new feature:

We are beginning to roll out this new feature to users in the U.S. over the next few days, so if you don’t see a link in the lower left-hand corner of now, check back soon. For those of you outside of the U.S., you can expect to see this new feature in the coming days as we roll it out internationally to offer similar, consistent experiences globally.

Google seems to be going more and more “Bing”, first by having a left sidebar and now a background image. For good.

via Official Google Blog, WebProNews, lifehacker



  1. shashank - June 7, 2010 @ 8:26 am


    i got de link der for…
    where u can change the background…
    just lemme know… ur review 🙂

  2. - June 22, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    saya sudah mencoba dan mebgetahui hal itu .. thanks man
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  3. Samir Motwani - June 25, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    I think it is good that you can change background..but most of times you use google for fast search.. you never wait to check the background..

  4. Paul Tech - July 10, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

    Changing the background can liven up your search initially but after a while, I find it too distracting and had changed back to the default background which is much cleaner.

  5. Vincent - July 11, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    I agree. I rolled it back to the basic Google search page after playing around with the background. But then it doesn’t really matter, since most of my Google search are done within Firefox’s search box itself.

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