Control what others see about you across Google services

You can make some information on your Google Account private or visible to anyone. That way, you’re in control of who views info like your birthday or phone number across Google services.

Choose what info to show

Other people who use Google services or devices where your Google Account profile is shown can check your name and profile picture.
  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Choose what others see," click Go to About me.
  4. Below a type of info, you can choose who currently sees your info.
  5. Choose one of the following:
    • To make the info private, click Only you Private, tap to edit who can see this info.
    • To make the info visible to anyone, click Anyone People.

Edit personal info

Add, edit, or remove personal info

Important: Some info can't be removed from your Google Account. For example, you can edit, but not remove, your name and date of birth.

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Choose what others see," click Go to About me.
  4. Change your info:
    • Add: For each category you want to add info to, click Add user Add.
    • Edit: Click the info you’d like to change and then click Edit Edit.
      • Tip: If you've changed your name recently, you might need to wait before you can change it again.
    • Remove: Click the info you’d like to remove and then click Remove Delete.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps.

Edit personal info

Tip: To change some other account info, like your password, go to your Google Account.

View & manage your profiles in Google services

In some Google services, you have a profile that’s visible to other people who use that service. You can find your profiles for some services in your Google Account. 

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Personal info.
  3. Scroll to "Your profiles." Then, click See profiles.
  4. Select a service to view your profile info.
  5. Go to the service to manage your profile info.

Profile discovery

Important: Profile Discovery isn't available to EDU users.

When people search for you by your phone number or email address in Google products and services, profile discovery helps determine what they'll find. When setting it up, you decide whether people you haven't interacted with on Google services, but who have your contact information, can see your profile picture and your full or abbreviated name. After you interact with someone, for example while communicating in Google Chat or sharing an album in Google Photos, they'll typically see your full name and profile picture from your Google Account.

With profile discovery, you can choose to:

  • Use either your name from your main profile or a shortened version of your name.
  • Show or hide your profile picture.

Manage profile discovery

Important: To let people find you by phone number, turn on Let people find you by phone number in your phone number settings.

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Your profiles," click See profiles.
  4. Below your photo and name, click Profile discovery settings.
  5. Turn on Profile discovery.
  6. To edit how your name and photo appear in your profile, click Change.

More details about your info

What info can be shown

Here’s some info you can show or hide to other people who use Google services:

  • Your birthday
  • Your gender
  • Employment info, like where you work
  • Personal and work contact info
  • Places you've lived
  • Education info

The following info might be shown to people you contact or share with:

  • Your name
  • Nickname
  • Profile picture
  • Cover photo
  • Your Google Account email

Tip: The name and profile picture on your "About me" page will show up in most Google services. If you use a different name or profile picture in certain Google services, you’ll still see them there.

Where this info can show up

Info in your Google Account that you make visible to Anyone can be found in a few places:
  • On Google services where you can contact other people, like Google Chat and Gmail.
  • On Google services where you create content, like Maps, Play, and YouTube.

Who can view your info

  • Private: Only visible to you.
  • Anyone: Visible to anyone.
  • People you interact with: Visible to people you interact with, such as through Chat and photo albums shared in Google Photos.
  • Your organization: Visible to everyone in your organization, such as work or school. 
  • Family: Visible to anyone in your family group.

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