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Add or change a user's profile photo

Let's make sure you're in the right place. These steps are for admins who manage Gmail accounts for a company, school, or other group. To change your profile photo for your personal account, follow these steps instead.

As your organization's administrator, you can add photos of users to easily recognize the people in your organization. You can do this either when you create the new user account or later. You can also change or remove a user's photo at any time.

You can also let users:

Where a user's photo appears

  • A user's profile photo shows up whenever you view the user in the Google Admin console, when the user communicates or shares content, and when another user hovers over their name in their inbox, Google Contacts, or Google Chat list. 
    Point to a user's profile photo to display their information card.
  • If you add a profile photo to a user’s account, the photo is visible only to users in your organization and to external users they talk to in Google Chat. If a user changes their profile photo, they can choose who can see the photo.
  • If you turn off the Directory for your organization's Google Workspace account, you and your users won’t see any users' profile photos. For more information, go to Turn Directory on or off.

Where a user's profile photo is stored

A user’s profile photos are stored in the Past profile pictures section of their Google Account. This includes photos added by an administrator or user. You can view only past profile photos; a user’s current profile photo won’t appear in this section. To view past profile photos:

  1. Go to your  Google Account and click your profile photo.
  2. In the panel that opens, click Camera in your profile photo. 
  3. Click Moreand thenPast profile pictures.

Profile photo requirements

  • The file format is JPEG or PNG only.
  • The maximum file size is 5 MB.
  • The maximum pixel count is 20 million.
  • Photos don't have to be square; they are scaled automatically.

Add, change, or remove a user's profile photo

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Directoryand thenUsers.
  3. In the Users list, find the user.
    If you need help, go to Find a user account.
  4. Click the user’s name to open their account page.
  5. Choose one:
    • To add a photo, click the profile avatar .
      At the top left, click the image to edit it.
    • To change a photo, click the profile photoand thenselect Change photo
    • To remove a photo, click the profile photoand thenselect Remove photo
  6. If you are adding or changing a photo, select the image file on your computerand thenclick Open.
    Changes are saved automatically.

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