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How to add Custom theme in Blogger?

After creating a free blog in blogger, we need to install a theme on our blog. A well-customized theme really looks good and attract more visitors. In this post, I am gonna share with you a step by step guide on how to add custom theme in Blogger?

My last post is: Beginners guide to Blogger post editor. 

Step by Step Guide to add Custom theme in Blogger

Adding a custom theme in Blogspot is easy. All you need to do is to follow the instructions in this post. Here is a Step by Step guide to add custom theme in Blogger:

Step 1: Download a Custom theme for your Blog

Before adding a custom theme to your blog, you need a responsive Blogspot theme. There are thousands of free theme available over the internet. Here is a list of top 5 sites from where you can easily download a free or premium theme for your blog:

After downloading any of the free themes, you will get a .zip file. You need to extract the zip file (See Step 2)

Step 2: Extract the zip File

Blogger does not support zip files. If you want to upload any custom theme in Blogspot, then you have to extract the zip file and upload a .xml file in blogger.

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You can easily extract a zip file from the pc. If you don’t have a personal computer/ laptop, then you can extract zip files online. Simply click on below link to extract any zip file online:

Click here to extract any zip file

After you click on the above link, you will be asked to upload the ZIP file. You can simply upload the zip file & uncompress it.

How to add custom theme in blogger?After extracting the zip file, download the .xml file from the extract.

How to add custom theme in blogger?

Step 3: Blogger >> Themes >> Backup / Reset

Now log in to your blogger dashboard and go to the following settings: Blogger >> Themes >> Backup/Reset. There click on Backup/Reset as shown:

How to add custom theme in blogger?


Step 4: Backup / Change theme

I recommend you to backup the theme before uploading a new one. There are many reasons for which you need to backup the old theme. Suppose you don’t like the new theme, then you can easily upload the old theme If you back up.

Click on the Download theme to backup your previous theme. After you download your previous theme, Click on Choose File to Select XML theme file from your computer.

How to add custom theme in blogger?

Step 5: Upload the new theme

After choosing a theme from your computer, Click on Upload to install it on your blog. After that, the popup will be closed & new theme will be installed to your blog.

How to add custom theme in blogger?

Step 6: View your Blog

After installing the custom theme for your blog, Click on View Now to see your Blog. If you wish to upload the old theme then you can simply upload XML file of your old theme to Backup/Restore.

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How to add custom theme in blogger?


In this way, you can easily install a custom theme in the Blogspot blog.

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In this post, I have explained steps to install a custom theme in Blogger. You can easily install a custom theme on your blog using the above tutorial. Don’t panic if your theme looks different from the demo theme. You need to customize your theme. In my next tutorial, I will discuss Steps to customize the custom theme in Blogger. Have any suggestions, queries or feedback, drop your thoughts in below comment box.

Harish Joshi
Harish Joshi

Harish is a professional web designer & a passionate Blogger. Here he shares latest tech tutorials on Blogger, WordPress, SEO & Digital Marketing.

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  1. I will be saving this as I want a different theme for my website. Good to know that I can do this in Blogger.

  2. This is a great write up! I have been thinking about starting another blog and would want to use blogger. Now I can customize it too! Thanks!

  3. Hi Harish thanks for sharing and I’m already save your blog on how can I customize my theme in my blog thank you!

  4. This is one of the things I love about wordpress, there are thousands of themes to choose from. This is great that this option is also available for blogger. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great tutorial! I wish I had read this in my early month of blogging!

  6. This will really help all those in blogger.
    You made me miss my initial blogging days.

  7. Great info! I will definitely pass it along 🙂 very thorough write up !

  8. I have a friend who like to start her own blog. I know this will help her. Will send this to her.

  9. Summer Mitch Ryan Summer Mitch Ryan

    This is really helpful. There are many bloggers who are not tech savvy, including me.^_^

  10. As a blogger, I really appreciate your tips. Having a custom, unique look can set us apart from each other, so I’m going to bookmark this!

  11. Scott Scott

    Although I don’t use Blogger, I know those who do and I will forward on these tips to them as I believe they had a few issues with this when they first started! Thanks!

  12. Becca Wilson Becca Wilson

    This is such a great tutorial for those in blogger. I never would have figured that out in my own.

  13. Great tutorial. It worked like a charm — thanks for sharing this!

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