How to Change Your Display Name In Gmail

Gmail allows you to change the name that is associated with your email address. Your display name and your email address will show up when you send an email from your Gmail account.

Gmail allows you to change the name that is associated with your email address. Your display name and your email address will show up when you send an email from your Gmail account.

Your Google username is what pops up whenever you send someone an email. It is how people identify you, and how they know that it is okay to open those messages, even if your email address does not include your full name or another way of identifying who you are.

Keep in mind that changing your username is not the same as changing your email address; you would need to create a new account for that.

Before diving in, keep in mind that this action is not yet supported on mobile devices like Android, iPhone, or iPad. This can only be done on your desktop/laptop browser and you have to be logged into your Gmail account to get started.

This is for the PC

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Setting Menus

To change the name on your Gmail account, first, log in to your account through on your desktop/laptop browser. Note! You may already be logged in, if so, you can just launch Gmail.

Now, click the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Gmail Settings

Next, select See All Settings link at the top of the drop-down menu. See below image:

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Accessing See All Settings link

You will now be in the General tab of Gmail’s Settings menu. Now, click the Accounts and Import tab. See following image:

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Selecting the Accounts and Import tab

Your Display Name

Notice in the Send Mail As section, you will see your email address and the display name associated with your address. Author’s Note! Email addresses have been grayed out for privacy purposes.

Next, click the Edit Info button to change your display name. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Edit Info button

A new window will appear. Here, you can change your display name by clicking the bubble next to the text box and then typing the new display name in that text box.

Now, click Save Changes to apply your change. See below image:

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Changing your display name

Your Changed Display Name

Now, you will see your newly entered display name next to the Send Mail As section in Gmail’s Settings menu. See following image:

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Showing your new display name

Final Notes

The next time you send an email, your new display name will be shown to the recipient.

While Google allows you to change your display name, you can not actually change your username (which is different than your display name) or your email address. As mentioned previously, if you really need a new email address, you can always create another Google account. Also, you can migrate your data from your “old” account to the newly created one.

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