New Custom Background Image Feature

Posted by Jason Ephraim on January 30, 2017


Customization: The Way of the Future

The future of consumer products is customization. From smartphones to apps to email clients, the possibility to customize products to function exactly how you want them is a trend that has taken off and is here to stay.

Why? It’s no secret that customization options increase a sense of ownership and in turn makes users feel loyal to the product. It also increases the value of your product to the individual user who needs to hit specific objectives. It’s easy to see why customization is ranked just as high as design, functionality and ease-of-use.

Mailbird recognizes the need for personalization — and we’ve delivered. You asked for more customization and we’ve enabled users with the possibility to personalize their personal email interface.

Use Any Image as Your Mailbird Email Client’s Background Image

We are excited to announce Mailbird now lets you upload any image on your computer as a background image.

custom background image
Use any image as a Background!

We have released this feature for all versions of Mailbird in our latest update.


To use your own background image in Mailbird:

1. Open the Mailbird email client

2. Click on the menu, and select options

3. Select the appearance tab from the options menu

4. In the Background section, click the first box with the “+” symbol (see image)

custom background image selection
Background settings in options>appearance


5. You will then be presented with an explorer window with which to designate the image file you would like to use as your background image.

6. Find the image on your computer, select it, and click open.

7. That’s it! Feel free to adjust your theme color to suit your new background.

Here are some hand-picked images that would look great in your Mailbird email client to help get you started!

Custom Theme Suggestions

  1. #Radical
  2. #Traveller
  3. #Geek
  4. #Romantic
  5. #Fun


Early Days

Right now, any uploaded image will automatically resize to full-height in order to cover the sidebar window. It will also align left, meaning only the left-most portion of your images will be visible.

As more people begin to use the custom background image feature, and we get a better understanding of their needs, we will include more controls over images including things like resizing, panning, and more.

Other Mailbird Customization Features

Mailbird offers several other options to set up and personalize your interface the way you want it. Do you prefer darker themes? No problem, Mailbird has a darker theme option and also lets you choose from a range of theme colours. You can even alter the view of your interface by putting it in a vertical or horizontal layout, depending on your preferences.

Do you like to receive incoming sound notifications so you can respond to emails, calls and chat messages instantaneously? You can customize your profile to have message sounds to be alerted when a new message hits your inbox.

If you live overseas or work in a multi-language context, Mailbird offers Multi-language support to help you localize and connect to clients globally.

Please be sure to leave your feedback letting us know how we can improve custom background images for you. Also, we’d love to see your custom background images in Mailbird so please post or share your screenshots on the social network of your choice! Don’t forget to ping us at @mailbird.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


Jason Ephraim

Former Vice President of Growth at Mailbird

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10 thoughts on "New Custom Background Image Feature"

  • In addition to backgrounds, being able to then adjust the text color would be nice too. Oh and Google Contacts integration, still waiting for that.

    I like the recent improvements. Just a few things left now,…

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    Christopher S. Bates says:

    I wish that you would get the contact sync working instead of focusing on things like this. I paid for Mailbird Pro because I believed it would become something good, but this missing feature is making me regret purchasing the product.

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      Dave Bristel says:

      Mailbird has the alpha for Gmail contact sync either started, or just about to start. There were a few posts on the subject over the past six months, and as of two months ago, I started seeing Mailbird reps suggesting people can e-mail to be added to the alpha test phase for the new contact manager with gmail contact sync.

      So, it SHOULD be available “soon”, the real key is that an ALPHA test implies things may break in horrible ways, meaning your gmail contacts could potentially get wiped out as a worst case. Beta is a lot safer, you might get crash issues, but you shouldn’t see true catastrophic problems the way an alpha test might.

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    Rich Harris says:

    I can’t find anywhere that it states this, but is it possible to get the sidebar to have the same color and icon scheme as the mail window or is the look and feel of the content there determined 100% by the content origin?

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Rich, thanks for reaching out. The layout of the sidebar (right side) can’t be customised at this point. How would you suggest could one customise it?

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        Rich Harris says:

        Thanks for getting back to me.
        For me, I don’t see it really working well to have images, like Captain Kirk above, somehow magically spanning across to the sidebar. But if someone, like myself, selects a simple color to be the theme, like orange, it would be awesome to have the sidebar (calendar) match.

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          Christin Baumgarten says:

          I see what you mean, thanks for sharing Rich:-) The thing is since we are using an API for the google calendar i.e. we cant really change the theme color. I will forward it to our UI designer though. Let’s see what he says and what he might be able to do about it. Have a great day and thanks so much for your feedback:-)

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