How To Create Your Own Custom Chrome Theme, Quickly & Easily

Justin Pot 02-11-2012

If you’re like me, you’ve long looked for and failed to find the perfect Chrome theme. It might exist, somewhere out there in the densely populated Chrome Web Store, but I never did find it.


So I made my own. With “My Chrome Theme“, a free plugin from Google, you can upload your own photos, choose your own color scheme and even share your personal theme with anyone. It’s quick, and you’ll finally have the theme you were looking for.

We’ve shown you how to design your own Google Chrome theme, but that process wasn’t exactly simple. It required learning a new program and firing up an image editor, among other steps. With “My Chrome Theme” the process becomes much simpler. All you need is a beautiful program for your background and a good eye for color.

Using My Chrome Theme

First things first, find the perfect image on your hard drive or on the web. I’ll wait.

Got it? Good. Open up My Chrome Theme and you’ll have the chance to add it:

custom chrome theme


You can alternatively use your webcam, if your own face is your idea of the perfect picture.

Add your picture and you’ll immediately be taken to the second step, where you can pick the three colors that make up your Chrome theme:

google chrome theme

There’s a limited number of colors, sure, but it’s not hard to find tones that compliment your photo. I find it works best if you use darker colors for the window than for the tabs, but what you do is completely up to you – that’s kind of the point here.


Click through to the next step and you’re ready to preview and install your new theme:

google chrome theme

You also get a link you can use to share your new theme with friends, family and the occasional enemy.

Your theme probably doesn’t look as good as mine, but that’s only because my wife Kathy is an amazing photographer. I might be in trouble for using her photo without permission; whatever. Here’s how her work looks covered in icons:


google chrome theme

You can open the plugin again anytime to retrieve the link for your theme, to reinstall the theme or delete your theme from the web.

custom chrome theme

Create your own seasonal collection and rotate; it’s good to be reminded there’s a world outside. Or just compile screenshots from your favorite video games. Make your browser more personal.


Download My Chrome Theme

Read to get started? Download My Chrome Theme from the Chrome Web Store [No Longer Available]. Once you install it an icon will be added to your new tab page; click it to get started.

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Customizing is always awesome. It’s why I was happy Google lets you add custom backgrounds to your Gmail account How To Add Your Own Background Images To Your Gmail Account It's finally possible - you can now set any image as your background in Gmail. Two new themes give you complete control over the image behind them, allowing you to use your own picture or... Read More , and it’s why I’m happy to see such an easy-to-use way to make your own theme offered by Google itself.

What kind of theme did you make? Share you links in the comments below; if there are enough good ones I’ll write an article highlighting everyone’s creativity.

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  1. Patry
    May 1, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I love this! I'm always looking for ways to "fleek" my tech (and everything else) creatively and I can't wait to try out my ideal theme AND make my gmail pretty!!! Do you have any similar tips for doing this for the chrome iOS app or the iOS mail app?

  2. Andrea Bonini
    November 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    simple and fast :) THANKS

  3. Boni Oloff
    November 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I think next time you can also consider to make Firefox customization too :D

  4. Raghav Gupta
    November 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Already built many themes with that. So easy

  5. Igor Rizvi?
    November 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Its very simple but it lacks some features..

  6. Tarek Ramadan
    November 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I'll try this looks great

  7. Umair Adil
    November 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I wonder if firefox has the same facility for its users. The fact that you can design your own theme seems very interesting.

  8. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    November 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Need to change my chrome theme cause I'd got bored with the old one. A must have plugin.

  9. James Lewis
    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

    never thought i can do this....thanks

  10. Rajaa Chowdhury
    November 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I have been using this plugin since a couple of years now, very simple and neat and I make my own themes for Chrome. :)

    • Ahmed Khalil
      November 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

      do you use google chrome in your PC instead of windows?
      what is the advantage

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 4, 2012 at 2:23 am

        No, I use Windows 7 64 bit with Google Chrome browser. This is a plugin on the browser which I use to change my the Google Chrome theme to my personal liking and making.