Change your Google Account picture, name & other info

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

Your name and profile picture can be viewed by other people who use Google services, including when you communicate or share content. Learn more about how to control what others see about you across Google services.

Note: If you use a different name on your YouTube channel, any change you make to your Google Account name will not be reflected on YouTube. Learn more about your YouTube channel name here.

If you change your Google name or profile picture, it won't change your YouTube name or profile picture.

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: 

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 Menuand 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

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

Important: When you clear your cookies, you might 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 Menuand 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

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. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
    2. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Manage your 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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