How to Move an Image Behind Text in Google Docs

Using images in Google Docs is a great way to illustrate complex information, attract attention, and keep your readers engaged. Images can also be used in other creative ways such as header or footer elements and background images.

If you have an image that you want to use as a background image, you’ll need to know how to put it behind text. Thankfully, this is something that Google Docs fully supports and is extremely easy to do.

In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how on your PC, Android, or iPhone.

How to Put an Image Behind Text in Google Docs

You can put an image behind text in Google Docs by changing its Text Wrapping to Behind text. Here’s how, step-by-step, on your PC and in the Google Slides mobile app on your Android or iPhone:

Desktop/PC

  1. Open Google Docs, sign into your account, and create a new document or edit an existing one.
  2. Click the Insert tab, hover over Image, and select Upload from Computer or Search the web. Browse for and upload your image.
    Google Docs Web Upload from Computer and Search the Web Options in Insert Image Menu
  3. Once inserted, click the image to select it. A blue border will appear around the image when selected.
    Google Docs Web Image Selected in Document
  4. With the image selected, click the Format tab, hover over Image, and select Image options. Alternatively, you can right click the image and choose Image options or click Image options in the Toolbar above the current slide.
    Google Docs Web Image Options in Format Menu
  5. The Format Options panel will appear to the far right. Click to expand Text Wrapping and then select Behind text under Style. You may also want to add some transparency to your image so that text is easier to read. You can do that under Adjustments.
    Google Docs Web Behind Text Style Under Text Wrapping in Image Options Panel
  6. Click above your image so that the text cursor appears and start typing the text you wish to be in front of your image. You can move the text further down by pressing Enter on your keyboard.
    Google Docs Image Behind Text Example

Android/iPhone

  1. Open the Google Docs mobile app, sign into your account, and create a new document or edit an existing one.
  2. Tap the Add symbol in the upper right corner and select Image > From photos. Browse for and upload your image. Alternatively, you can choose From camera and take a photo.
    Google Docs Mobile app From Photo in Image Insert Menu
  3. Once added, tap the image to select it. A blue border will appear around the image when selected.
    Google Docs Mobile App Image Selected in Document
  4. With the image selected, tap the Text Wrap icon in the Toolbar at the bottom.
    Google Docs Mobile App Text Wrap Icon in Toolbar
  5. In the Text wrap menu that appears, tap Behind text. It helps readability to add some transparency to your image, but unfortunately it seems that this feature is not yet supported in the Google Docs mobile app. You’ll have to use the PC version to do that.
    Google Docs Mobile App Behind Text in Text Wrap Menu
  6. Tap anywhere outside of the image so that the text cursor appears and start typing the text you wish to be in front of your image. You can move the text further down by pressing Enter on your keyboard.
    Google Docs Mobile App Image Behind Text Example

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