Control what others see about you across Google services

You can make some information on your Google Account private, public, or shared with certain people. That way, you’re in control of who sees info like your birthday and phone number on Google services. 

Choose what info you share

Your name and photo (if you choose to add one) can be viewed by other people who use Google services, including when you communicate or share content. 

  1. Go to the About me section of your Google Account.
  2. Below or next to a type of info, select the icon. This icon shows who currently sees this info.
  3. Choose who to share this info with or select Private.

Add, edit, or delete personal info

  1. Go to the About me section of your Google Account.
  2. Change your info:
    • Add: At the bottom right, click Add Add.
    • Edit: Next to a type of info, click Edit EditNote: If you've changed your name recently, you might need to wait before changing it again.
    • Delete: Next to a type of info, click Edit Edit. Next to the specific piece of info, click Remove Remove.
  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

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

More details about your info

What info can be shared

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 visited
  • Education info

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

  • Your name
  • Nickname
  • Tagline
  • Profile photo
  • Cover photo
  • Your email address

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

Where this info shows up

Info you add to your Google Account can show up in a few places:

  • On Google services like Hangouts and Gmail where you can contact other people
  • On Google services like Play and YouTube when you share content
  • On your Google+ profile, if you've created one

Preview what your info looks like to others

  1. Go to the About me section of your Google Account.
  2. On the top left, select Menu Menu and then Preview.

Other people who are looking at your info might see different content than what's shown here. What they see can depend on:

  • What info you've shared with who
  • What info the app shows about you
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