Manage directory profile changes

As a G Suite administrator, you can control how users can edit their profile information. Note: the Services - Directory - Settings privileges are required to change these settings. Login as a Super Admin, Services Admin, or with a custom role with these privileges to change the settings.

Use the Directory page settings to manage user profile changes.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console, go to Apps > G Suite > Directory.
  3. On the Directory page, click Profile editing. You can choose to allow user editing for each of the following:


Check the Name checkbox to allow users to edit their profile name and nickname. Uncheck the box to disable user editing.

Note: If you uncheck Name, a warning appears to show that user-modified names and nicknames will be deleted, and names will be reverted to administrator-set names. Disabling name editability deletes the user-set name and reverts to the admin-set name.

This Name setting replaces the "Edit name" option in the Google+ settings.


Checking Photo allows users to edit their high-resolution profile photo, as well as their cover photo. They can edit their photo in About me, their Google Account, YouTube, Google Bar, and Google+.

If you uncheck Photo, a warning dialog appears to show that user profile and cover photos will be archived. The actual photos that were used aren't deleted. They are preserved in the user's Photos Archive, but they are no longer used as their profile or cover photo.

The checkbox has no effect on the low-resolution photo set in Gmail.


Checking Gender will allow users to edit their gender at About me and in their Google Account.


Required for Google+ If you're not using Automatically create Google+ profiles, make sure you enable Birthday editing to allow users to create Google+ profiles.

This will allow user birthday editing in their Google Account and the Google+ upgrade flow for all non-Education domains. Education domains will not have this control available. For Education domains, birthday is never editable by end users except for in the Google+ upgrade flow, where it is always editable.

Note: If a user enters a birthday indicating they are too young, their account may be disabled.

Settings for Google+

Edit name is no longer available in the Settings for Google+.

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