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Change accent color or background theme

Your Windows Phone comes with at least 20 colors that you can use as your accent color, from primary standards like Red, Cobalt (Blue), and Yellow to more intriguing shades like Emerald, Magenta, and Steel.

All 20 accent colors for your phone

The color you choose shows up in various places around your phone, like the Tiles on Start, in your App list, on web links, in Messaging, even in Excel Mobile. You can also choose between black and white for your phone's background.

Start, App list, Messaging, and App switcher with accent colors

To change the accent color

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon.

  2. Tap Theme.

  3. Tap the Accent color list.

  4. Tap the color you want to use, then wait a few seconds, or press the Back Back icon button. You'll see the new theme color in the highlight sentence.

To change your background theme

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon.

  2. Tap Theme.

  3. Tap the Background list.

  4. Choose one of the following:

    • To make your background black, tap Dark.
    • To make your background white, tap Light.

Tip

For some phones, the dark background uses less battery power than the light background.

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