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

Background animation

Stop or start

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

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Under the Tableau on the right, click and turn off Background animation.
Animation 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. Click Tools.
  3. In the Power saving mode section, turn off the Disable video playing when battery is low option.

Playback in high resolution

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

  1. Click  → Settings.
  2. Click Interface.
  3. In the New tab section, turn off the Use high-resolution animated background 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 the Tableau to the right, click and turn on the Background animation option.
The video card driver is outdated

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

  1. Click Start → Dashboard → Device dispatcher.
  2. Go to the Video adapters section. A list of video cards appears.
  3. Right-click the name of your video card.
  4. In the context menu, select Update drivers.
Hardware acceleration is problematic

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Click  → Settings.
  2. Click System.
  3. Go to the Performance section. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is on, turn it off. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is off, turn it on.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.
An extension is blocking animation
  1. Temporarily disable all extensions:  → Add-ons.
  2. If your animation re-appears, try going through your extensions one at a time to find the blocking one.
  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 square 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. However, you can customize your browser background by selecting from a Gallery of photos or videos or uploading your own image as a background.