Change your Google Account picture, name & other info

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 information, go to Manage your channel branding.

Learn more about your YouTube channel's basic info.

Add or change your profile picture

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open a Google app, like Gmail or Google Maps Maps.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Change picture and then Change or Add profile picture.
  3. Take or choose a new profile picture.
  4. Drag your profile picture to the center of the square.
  5. Tap Save as profile picture.

Tips:

  • Your profile picture is used across all Google services. Your other photos aren’t shared. Find out where your profile picture shows up.
  • You can tap and edit your profile picture in most places where your picture shows up.
  • To find a past profile picture, at the top right, tap More More and then Past profile pictures.

Edit your name

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

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. Tap Menu and then Settings and then Your Gmail account and then Manage your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Personal info.
  4. Under "Basic info," tap Name.
  5. Follow the steps on the screen.

Fix an old name that still shows

After you change your name, clear your cache and cookies. Clearing your cache and cookies may not update your name in every product. Past Chat conversations where you were mentioned may show your old name.

Important: When you clear your cookies, you can 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 your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. Tap Menu and then Settings and then Your Gmail account and then Manage your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Personal info.
  4. Select the info you want to change.
  5. 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. Tap Personal info.
  2. To the right of your name, tap and then.
  3. Next to "Nickname," tap 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 see 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, tap Personal info.
  3. Under “Basic info,” tap Birthday.
  4. Fill in your birthday information if not 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 allow Google to highlight it. For example, near your birthday Google may decorate your profile picture wherever it may appear. Others can see 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 see 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 sees 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 see your gender will see 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. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
    2. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Google Account. If you don't use Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com.
  1. At the top, tap Personal info.
  2. Select Password. Sign in again if prompted.
  3. Follow the steps on the screen. Learn how to create a strong password.

Get more information about online security and safety.

Control what others view about you

You can choose what info other people see about you on Google services. Under "Choose what others see," tap Go to About me.

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

Change your time zone

When you travel, you can view events in your current location's time zone.

Learn how to change your time zone in Google Calendar.

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