How to change the displayed name on your Gmail account

It’s sad, but true, that you’re more or less stuck with whatever Gmail email address you picked during your high school or college days (if you’re that young). You will always have that nickname hanging around your neck. But you can choose a display name that more closely reflects the adult you’ve become or some element of your character that you wish to highlight. This article goes thru all of the steps.

How to change your Gmail display name without changing your email address

Kelly Laffey Mar 3, 2020, 2:41 PM

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It’s easy to change your Gmail name and have your email address remain the same.

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

Here’s how to change your Gmail name. 

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How to change your Gmail name

1. Go to and log into your account by typing in your gmail name and password.

2. Click on the “Settings” button at the top right, which is represented by a cog wheel, and then select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

3. Hit “Accounts and Imports” from the top menu. (On some versions of Gmail, the tab will just be labeled “Accounts.”)

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Select “Accounts and Imports.”

4. Select “Edit info” next to “Send Mail as.”

5. A pop-up window will appear. Type your new name into the “Name” text box. 

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Note that your name and email address will appear on the mail that you send.

6. Hit “Save Changes” to store the new name.

Sometimes, users may be told that “this setting can’t be changed for your account.” This can happen if a user has tried to change their name too many times during a short period, or if the account is a G suite account and the admin doesn’t allow name changes.

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