Change your Google Account name & other info

You can update, add, and remove some basic info on your account.

Add or change your profile picture

  1. Sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info," click Photo.
  3. Upload a photo from your computer or choose one of your Google Photos.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to crop or rotate your photo until you're happy with it.
  5. At the bottom left, click Set as profile photo.

Edit your name

You can change your name as many times as you want, but no more than 3 times in one minute. This limitation doesn't apply to accounts created less than 2 weeks ago.

  1. Sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info," click Name and then Edit Edit.
  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

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. Sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info," click 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, but no more than 3 times in one minute. This limitation doesn't apply to accounts created less than 2 weeks ago.

Nickname
If you've already created a nickname, it's used if you don't have a name set. If you delete your nickname, you won't be able to create another one. This nickname is different from the nickname you can add in your "About me" page. To change that nickname, go to About me.
Birthday

After you add your birthday to your account, you can't delete it. However, you can edit it and change who sees it.

Note: Your birthday may be used for account security and personalization across Google services.

Who can view your birthday

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

Some ways Google uses your birthday

Google can use your birthday to:

  • Make sure you're old enough to use certain services and features. For example, YouTube videos with age restrictions aren't available to kids.
  • 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.
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. Open your Google Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. In the "Security" section, select Signing in to Google.
  3. Select Password. Sign in again if prompted.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen. Learn how to create a strong password.

Get more information about online security and safety.

Control what others see about you

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

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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