Browser background

Change the browser background

You can use the following types of media as a background:

To select a browser background:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Click Background gallery under Tableau to the right.
  3. Select a photo or video from an album.
  4. Click Install background.
Note. You can configure your browser to randomly alternate images or videos from your Background gallery once a day.
  • For one album. Put together a selection in the Background gallery and click Alternate these backgrounds.
  • For all albums. In the Background gallery, click Alternate in the All backgrounds section.

Background animation

Stopping or starting

Animated backgrounds look great, but they can run down your battery. To avoid this:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Under Tableau on the right, click  and disable the Background animation.
Play animations when the battery is low

When your battery is low, animation turns off automatically. If you want to continue playing animation regardless of how low your battery is:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. In the Appearance section, uncheck the Disable background animation when battery is low option.

Playback in high resolution

Animations playback in high resolution by default. If this is slowing down Yandex.Browser:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. In the Appearance settings, uncheck the Show animated backgrounds in new tabs in high resolution option.

Background animation doesn't work

Background animation may not work due to the following:

Animation is paused
  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Under Tableau to the right, click  and enable the Background animation option.
The video-card driver is outdated

Update the driver for each video-card that is installed on your computer:

  1. Download the latest video-card driver from the manufacturer's site.
  2. Open the Control panel on your computer.
  3. Locate your Device manager and open it.
  4. Expand the Video adapters section.
  5. Open the context menu for the video card being used and perform the Update drivers command.
  6. Click Search for drivers on this computer.
  7. Enter the path to the downloaded driver.
Hardware acceleration is problematic

Hardware acceleration speeds up your computer by distributing the processing load between the central processor and the video card. Sometimes bugs in video-card programs or drivers can cause the background animation to be unstable when hardware acceleration is in use. If this is the case, disable hardware acceleration:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the System section, deselect the option Use hardware acceleration if possible.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.

If hardware acceleration was disabled, re-enable it and relaunch your browser.

An extension is blocking animation
  1. Temporarily disable all extensions:  → Extensions.
  2. If your animation re-appears, try going through your extensions one at a time to find the one that was blocking it.
  3. Disable the problematic extension. You may want to let the developers know about the problem.
  4. Clear your cache so that the browser doesn't load a copy of the page that was rendered earlier and contains the blocked animation.

If these recommendations don't help, contact our support staff using the feedback form. Describe the situation in detail, and attach a screenshot if possible.

The background doesn't change on the Tableau page

Try deleting the File System folder in the browser profile directory and then check whether the problem persists. To open the browser profile directory:

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

  1. Open the file search field in Windows.
  2. Copy

    [%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Yandex\YandexBrowser\User Data\Default\] (without the brackets)

    and paste it into the file search box.

  3. Press Enter.
Note. Support for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems ended in April 2017.

Can I change the browser theme?

Yandex.Browser does not offer different themes. Themes uploaded from the Chrome Web Store are not compatible with Yandex.Browser. You can, however, customize your browser background to suit your taste by selecting from a Gallery of photos or videos or uploading your own image as a background.