Want to spice up your phone, computer, or Zoom call? You can find thousands of free backgrounds on the internet, so you can change your style as often as you want. Whether you want something simple, like a white background or black background, or something festive, like a Christmas background, use this list to find an image that fits your style. 

Where to Find Backgrounds 

For Your Desktop

You don’t have to settle for the default background on your computer. Instead, stay inspired with one of these desktop backgrounds. (In the same vein, you can also change the image on your Google homepage. Not sure how to change Google background? On your home screen, select the pencil icon on the bottom right corner. Then select or upload a new background image.) 


From breathtaking cityscapes to natural wonders, Unsplash is a treasure trove of background images. 

mountains and lake
Source: Unsplash
Stay inspired every day with a breathtaking landscape image as your desktop background. 


Created by some of the most imaginative designers and developers, these sci-fi and mixed media backgrounds are released once a year. 


Have a specific desktop image idea in mind, but can’t find what you want? With Canva, you can create (or customize) your own background. 


Some of these unique wallpapers are made to span across double and triple monitors. 

space illustration
Source: Studio
Some desktop wallpapers can be sized to span across multiple monitors. 

For Your Phone

Let’s face it: You look at your phone every day—sometimes all day. Why not make it a little more interesting with a new background? 

Draper James

For modern, preppy prints—like florals and gingham—check out seasonal backgrounds for your phone from Draper James. 

flower illustration
Source: Draper James
Draper James provides modern, floral phone backgrounds. 


You’ll never run out of options with phone backgrounds from Unsplash, featuring everything from landscapes to abstract art. 

Erin Condren 

These bold phone backgrounds—from bright stripes to colorful geometric patterns—are sure to make you smile every time you look at your phone. 

The Verge 

Neon lights, paint splatters, and 3D shapes make these backgrounds eye-catching and unique. 

iphone neon backgrounds
Source: The Verge
Phone wallpapers from The Verge feature neon colors and 3D shapes. 

For a Zoom Background

Virtual meetings are here to stay. Fortunately, Zoom allows you to upload and use any image as a virtual background, so you don’t have to worry about a less-than-professional (or less-than-tidy) space. Need a refresher on how to change background on Zoom? Navigate to Settings, then select Backgrounds and Filters. There, you can upload your own virtual background. 


These luxury real estate photos will turn your background into a modern, upscale room. 


Take your meetings in front of a colorful setting from your favorite animated films, such as Toy Story or Finding Nemo. 

zoom backgrounde
Source: Disney
With this Finding Nemo zoom background, you’ll look like you’re taking a meeting from under the sea. 

West Elm

Want to picture yourself in your dream house—literally? West Elm backgrounds feature modern furniture and décor. 


Airbnb backgrounds will transport you across the globe, from Indonesia to Norway. 

zoom background
Source: Airbnb
Airbnb Zoom backgrounds transport you to international destinations. 

Use a CSS Zoom Background or Desktop Background

Cascading style sheets (CSS) backgrounds can add background patterns, as well as trendy effects and elements, to your website. 


Here, you can customize every element of CSS pattern backgrounds, including colors, opacity, and spacing. 


From Christmas backgrounds to space backgrounds, you can find a wallpaper that fits your style at WallpaperSafari. 


These CSS background effects include scrolling animations to complex code environments. 

zoom background
Source: 1st Web Designer
This example of a CSS background features a frosted glass effect around the profile picture. 

Cool Backgrounds

Choose from a variety of tools to create exciting CSS background effects. 

Your digital screens don’t have to be lifeless. With these free background images and effects, you can find a constant source of inspiration. 

Create Your Own Background Image

Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs

Written by:

Katie Wolf