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Change your Google Account name & other info

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

Edit your name

To change the name that's displayed on your Google Account:

  1. Go to My Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. In the "Personal info & privacy" section, select Your personal info.
  3. Select Name and then Edit Edit.
  4. Follow the instructions.

Find out where your name shows up.

Change personal info

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

  1. Go to My Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. In the "Personal info & privacy" section, select Your personal info.
  3. Select the information you want to change.
  4. Follow the instructions.

More details

Name

If you created your account more than 2 weeks ago, you can change your name up to 3 times in 90 days.

If you created your account less than 2 weeks ago, you can change your name more often.

Birthday

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

Who sees your birthday

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

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 on your "Gender" page in My Account. You can:

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

Who sees your gender

By default, your gender isn't shared with other people who use Google services. To control who sees your gender, go to About me.

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. Go to My Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. In the "Sign-in & security" section, select Signing in to Google.
  3. Select Password. Sign in again if prompted.
  4. Follow the instructions. 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 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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