Gmail Introduces Shelfie for April Fools Day

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Gmail users were greeted this morning (April 1st) with an invitation to take a “shelfie”, a ‘shareable selfie’ custom theme. While it has always been possible to set your Gmail background photo as an image of yourself, the April Fools joke is suggesting that you share it as a custom theme.

“Introducing Gmail Shelfie: Email with personality

Upon opening Gmail, users are greeted with this splash screen, which reads, “Selfie custom themes are incredibly popular in Gmail and they just got better. With Shelfies (Shareable Selfies) you can set your own photo as a Gmail custom theme and share it with your friends so they can enjoy looking at you as much as you do.”


gmail shelfie selfie for April Fools

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Users are then told “Not sure? Use the Top Trending Shelfies theme to see a new Shelfie every hour.”

Clicking on the “Top Trending Shelfies” button changes your background to the image of the diver, from the splash screen.

Clicking the “Make my own Shelfie” button will activate your computer’s camera.

take own gmail shelfie

You will need to “allow” Adobe Flash to access your camera:

adobe flash access


If you do this, don’t forget to not check “Remember”, otherwise the next time it won’t ask you, it will just access your camera.

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