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Changing the accent colour or background theme

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

All 20 accent colours for your phone

The colour 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 colours

To change the accent colour

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

  2. Tap Theme.

  3. Tap the Accent colour list.

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

To change your background theme

  1. On Start, flick left to the Application list, then press SettingsSettings icon.

  2. Press 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.


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

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