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How to change your name in Gmail

Android Police 8/31/2022 Parth Shah
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Your Gmail display name is as important as the email address. It's the first thing appearing in the recipient's email app. When you send an email via Gmail, the recipient gets your display name followed by an email address and message. But a lot can change over time, including your last name, organization, or company role.

Your email name needs to be spot on and should reflect the recent change. You must use the Gmail web version as you can't change your email display name through the Gmail app on your Android phone.

What's the difference between your email display name and username in Gmail?

Let's clear up some confusion. Your Gmail display name and Gmail username are two different things. Your Gmail username is associated with your email address. If your email address is xyz@gmail.com, you can't edit it. It's your primary email address across Google services, and there is no way to change it.

Google only allows you to edit recovery email, contact email, or alternate emails associated with your main Gmail ID. However, you can change your Gmail name, or the display name, that goes with every email you send through Gmail, as shown below.

To check your email name and username, open your email in a browser and hover the cursor over the circular account profile picture in the upper-right corner. You will see your name (email name) and username (email address) for your account. If you want to change your display name, it's fairly easy to do.

How to change your display name in Gmail

To change your display name, you have to use the web version. You can't do it through the Gmail mobile app. It only takes a few steps to make the necessary changes.

  1. Open Gmail on the web and sign in.
  2. Click the settings gear in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select See all settings.
  4. Move to the Accounts and Import tab.
  5. Select the Send mail as menu and check your email name and email address.
  6. Select the edit info button. This action opens a new window to edit information for your email address.
  7. Click the radio button beside the blank box and type a new name.
  8. Click the Save Changes button, and your new display name is ready to use.

If you change your mind, you can edit the display name again or revert to the original email name from the same menu.

Change your Gmail name from the Google account

If Gmail isn't enough, you can also change your Google account display name. The change will reflect across all Google apps. The trick is available on web and mobile. Let's check the web version first.

  1. Access your Google account and log in.
  2. Select Personal info from the left sidebar.
  3. Select Name.
  4. Change your first name or last name and click the Save button.

Mobile users can follow the steps below to change Gmail name from Google account settings.

  1. Open the Google app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap your circular account picture in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select Manage your Google Account.
  4. Slide to Personal info and open the Name menu.
  5. Tap the pencil icon beside your name.
  6. Change your display name from the following menu and click the Save button.

It might take a while before you see the updated display name in Gmail and other Google apps. You can also check your Google storage breakdown from the same menu. If you are running out of storage, consider subscribing to one of the Google One plans.

Keep your email name in the check

A lot can change over the years, including your name. Make sure yours is up-to-date so that any emails you send have the correct name. If you want to change your email address, you have no option but to create a new Google account. When dealing with multiple Google accounts, make sure to set your primary Google account as the default one on Android and the web.

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