Change your username

Do you want to change the formatting of your username, or do you need a new username because you got married (mazel tov!)? Learn how:

I want to change the name that people see on my messages and Google Chat

You can change the name that's linked to your email address, but not the address itself.

Old:

New:

  1. Click the gear in the top right.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click the Accounts tab.
  4. In the “Send mail as:” section, locate the email address you'd like to edit.
  5. Click edit info next to the address.
  6. In the “Name:” section, specify what you’d like your name to be and click Save changes.

I want to add or remove dots from my username.

If you'd like to use a version of your username with fewer or more dots (.), you don't have to change a thing. If your username is 'my.address@gmail.com,' messages sent to 'myaddress@gmail.com' and 'm.y.a.d.d.r.e.s.s@gmail.com' are already delivered to your Inbox. Learn more about dots.

I want to change my email address.

If you want to do something like change your email address from hikingfan@gmail.com to bakescakes@gmail.com, you’ll need to sign up for a new address.

After signing up for a new address, you can transfer everything from your old address to make the transition easier.

How do I transfer my messages?
  • Set up automatic forwarding to make sure that any new messages that go to your old address will reach you.
  • Import old messages with POP3.
How do I transfer my contacts?
You can export contacts from your old address, then import them to your new address.