How to change your display name in Gmail


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When you send an email from your Gmail account, your display name (along with other information) will be shown to the recipient. You can change the display name associated with your Gmail account in a few steps. Here’s how.

You can only change the name on your Gmail account in a desktop browser. You can not use the Gmail mobile app on Android, iPhone or iPad to change your name.

To change the name on your Gmail account, log in to your account via the Gmail website on your desktop browser. Once logged in, click the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu.

Gear settings icon

Next, select “See All Settings” at the top of the drop-down menu.

See all settings button

You’ll now be in the “General” tab of the Gmail settings menu. Click the “Accounts and Import” tab.

Accounts and Import tab

In the “Send Mail As” section you will see your e-mail address and the display name with that address. Click the “Edit Info” button to change your display name.

Edit info button next to send mail as

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 the text box. Click “Save Changes” to apply the change.

Enter and save new display name

You’ll now see the newly entered display name next to the “Send Mail As” section in the Gmail settings menu.

New display name

The next time you send an e-mail, your new display name will be displayed to the recipient.

While Google allows you to change your display name, you can not really change your name (which is different from your display name) or your e-mail address. But if you really need a new e-mail address, you can always migrate your Google Account to a new one.

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