Add or edit your Google Account picture

Other people who use Google can access your name, your profile picture, and other basic info. You can control what others see about you across Google services.

Important: If you change your Google name or profile picture, it won't change your YouTube name or profile picture. For more info, go to Manage your channel branding.

Learn more about your YouTube channel's basic info.

Add or change a profile picture

  1. On a browser, go to myaccount.google.com. You may need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. At the top left, select Personal info.
  3. Under “Basic info” find Profile picture. Then, click the circle with your initial or current profile picture.
    • To add a profile picture, at the bottom, select Add profile picture.
    • To change your current picture, at the bottom, select "Change."
  4. Select an illustration, upload a photo from your device or choose one of your Google Photos.
  5. Rotate and crop your photo as needed.
  6. At the bottom left, select Save as profile picture.

Tips:

  • You can select and edit your profile picture in most places where your picture shows up.
  • To find past profile pictures, at the top right, select More More and then Past profile pictures.

Crop your photo with assistive technology or keyboard

Crop your photo from a corner

  1. Navigate to select the corner of your photo.
  2. To crop the photo, use the arrow keys.

Move the entire crop square

  1. Navigate to select the entire crop square.
  2. To change the position of the crop square, use the arrow keys.

Edit your name

You can change your name as many times as you want.

  1. On a browser, go to myaccount.google.com. You may need to sign in to your Google Account.

  2. At the top left, select Personal info and then Name and then Edit Edit.

  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

Tip: Find out where your name shows up.

Fix an old name that still shows

If you change your name, but the old name still shows up, clear your cache and cookies.

Important: When you clear your cookies, you may be signed out of non-Google sites.

Change personal info

You can edit personal info like your birthday and gender. You can also change the email addresses and phone numbers on your account.

  1. On a browser, go to myaccount.google.com. You may need to sign in to your Google Account.

  2. At the top left, select Personal info. Then, select the info you want to change.

  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

More details

Name

You can change your name as many times as you want.

Nickname

To add, update, or remove your nickname, go to About Me or account.google.com. For account.google.com, follow these instructions:

  1. Click Personal info.
  2. On the right of your name, click Next and then.
  3. Next to "Nickname," click Edit Edit.
Birthday

Once you add your birthday to your account, you can't delete it. However, you can edit it and choose who can find it.

Important: Google may use your birthday for account security and personalization across Google services.

Who can view your birthday

We don’t automatically share your birthday with other people who use Google services. To control who can view your birthday:

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Personal info.
  3. Under “Basic info,” click Birthday.
  4. Fill in your birthday info if it isn't already there.
  5. Under “Choose who can see your birthday,” select Only you or Anyone.

Highlight your birthday

When you set “Choose who can see your birthday” to Anyone or Your organization if applicable, you can let Google highlight it. For example, near your birthday Google may decorate your profile picture wherever it may appear. Others can find your birthday and birthday highlights when they communicate with you or view content you create in some Google services.

If you don’t want your birthday visible, set “Choose who can see your birthday” to Only you and Google won’t highlight it. Google will still do things like decorate your profile picture in some places, but only you can find them.

Tip: If your birthday isn’t highlighted near the correct date, make sure your birthday is correct in your profile. If it appears highlighted to others on a different date, they may have entered the date incorrectly in their Google Contacts.

Some ways Google uses your birthday

Google may use your birthday to:

  • Verify your age and make sure you're old enough to use certain services and features.
  • Know when to show a birthday theme on the Google Search page.
  • Determine your age group for personalized recommendations and ads. You can turn off personalized ads in your ad settings.
Gender

You have a few options in the Gender section of your Google Account. You can:

  • Specify your gender.
  • Choose not to specify your gender.
  • Add a custom gender and choose how Google refers to you.

Who can view your gender

By default, your gender isn't shared with other people who use Google services. To control who finds your gender, go to the About me section of your Google Account.

How Google uses your gender

We use your gender to make Google services more personal. When you specify your gender, you help us to:

  • Personalize messages and other text that refer to you. For example, people who can find your gender will find text like "Send him a message" or "In her circles."
  • Provide more relevant, tailored content you might be interested in, like ads.

If you don't specify your gender, we'll refer to you in gender-neutral terms, like "Send them a message."

Change other info

Change your password
  1. Open your Google Account. You may need to sign in.
  2. In the "Security" section, select How you sign in to Google.
  3. Select Password.
    • When prompted, sign in again.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen. Learn how to create a strong password.

Get more info about online security and safety.

Control what others see about you

To choose what info other people find about you on Google services, go to the About me section of your Google Account.

Learn what info you can change and how to change it.

Change your time zone

When you travel, you can find events in your current location's timezone.

Learn how to change your timezone in Google Calendar.

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