Add a nickname or other name to your Google+ profile

If you usually go by a nickname, you can add that name to your Google+ profile. You can also add professional affiliations, or other names you go by, like your maiden name.

Keep in mind that if you add or change a nickname on your profile, you may need to wait up to three months before changing it again.

Add a nickname to your profile

If you want to add a nickname to your profile, make sure to use a name you sometimes go by. You shouldn’t use this option to promote a business, or write something offensive.

Android

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon > touch your photo in the top left corner.
  2. Touch the menu icon/button  > Edit name.
  3. Touch More options > touch Nickname.
  4. Type the name you want to add > choose how you want your name to show on your profile > Save in the top right corner.

Desktop

  1. Open Google+ and select Profile from the drop-down menu in the top left corner. Profile
  2. Click on your name > click More options > click the “Nickname” box and enter your nickname.
  3. Click the drop-down menu next to “Display name as” and choose your preferred option.
  4. Click Save in the lower right corner of the box.

Mobile web

You can’t add a nickname on mobile web just yet. Please use the Google+ app or a desktop computer.

iPhone/iPad

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon > touch the menu icon in the upper left corner. 
  2. Touch your picture at the top of the screen > touch the gear icon in the top right corner. 
  3. Touch Edit name > More options.
  4. Touch the box that says “Nickname” > enter your nickname.
  5. Under “Display name as,” touch the dot to the left of your preferred name > Save in the top right corner.
Add a professional affiliation or other name to your profile

If you’d like to include a professional affiliation or another name you go by on your profile, you can add it in the “other names” section. It won’t show as part of your profile name, but people can see it by clicking the “About” tab on your profile.

Android

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon > touch your photo in the top left corner.
  2. Touch the About tab under your name and profile summary.
  3. Scroll to the “Basic Information” box > touch the pencil icon next to “Other names.” 
  4. Type the name you want to add > Add a name.

Desktop

  1. Open Google+ and select Profile from the drop-down menu in the upper left corner. Profile
  2. Click the About tab under your cover photo > scroll to the “Basic Information” box > click Edit in the lower left corner.
  3. Under the “Other names” section, enter your affiliation or name > Save in the lower right corner.

Mobile Web

You can’t add another name on mobile web just yet. Please use the Google+ app or a desktop computer.

iPhone/iPad

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon > touch the menu icon in the upper left corner. 
  2. Touch your photo at the top of the screen > touch the About tab beneath your photo and details.
  3. Scroll to the “Basic Information” box > touch the pencil icon next to “Other Names.” 
  4. Touch the box near the top of the screen > Save in the top right corner.
If you have questions about adding your first and last name, or your YouTube channel name, you can learn more about creating your Google+ profile name.

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