Changing your display name on Gmail

Often the display names on emails are picked when young and carefree. As the email address owner moves on to school and into professional life, it’s sometimes useful to change the name that displays to something different. This tells you how.

How to Change Your Display Name on Gmail

DECEMBER 6, 2020, 9:00AM EDT

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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 on a desktop browser. You can’t 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 through Gmail’s 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 Gmail’s Settings menu. Click the “Accounts and Import” tab.

Accounts and Import tab

In the “Send Mail As” section, you’ll see your email address and the display name associated 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 that 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 Gmail’s settings menu.

New display name

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’t actually change your username (which is different than your display name) or your email address. But if you really need a new email address, you can always migrate your Google account to a new one.

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