Change your username

Change the name people see on messages and Google Chat

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

Old:

New:

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

Add or remove dots from 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.

Change 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.