How to Change Your Display Name in Gmail?

by Stephen on September 19, 2011 · 19 comments

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I recently needed to change my name in my Gmail account, it was embarrassing but after spending over half an hour, I still couldn’t figure out how 🙁

I remember it was pretty easy several years ago but the feature is now a little more hidden. I kept concentrating on the “General” tab and overlooked the other tabs.

Here is how to change your display name in Gmail, after wasting nearly an hour 😀

  1. Login to your Gmail account
  2. Click on Options (the gear icon on the top right)
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Click on Accounts and Import
  5. The 3rd option: “Send mail as:” => click on “edit info” on the right and enter your new desired name.
Hope this helps. Love!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Samantha December 17, 2011 at 4:40 am

Thank you so much! This helped me a lot.


Susan January 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

Worked like a charm. Thank you for sharing.


Iris January 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thanks so much Stephen. It was driving me crazy.


Prasad February 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thank’s a ton!!


Jewel February 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for sharing. it’s useful


Nope February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

This is useless, those options don’t even exist and the only ONE that does exist doesn’t work. It says it saves but it doesn’t.


go find joy February 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

OMG – thank you. I was 10 min in before I did a google search and found your post, I almost gave up : )


Jay March 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I spent an hour before I googled this! Was getting soo frustrated! THANK-YOU!!!!


sarvan March 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

thank you very much


zeyn March 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

thx so much it was very helpful 🙂


Chris April 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Maybe update to say “….click on the gear icon (upper right) which is options, then go to settings….” 🙂

Other than that, this was very helpful! Thanks!


Stephen April 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks, Chris!


Mohammad May 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hey thanks alot, spent around half an hour, was going to giveup,
it worked first time after seeing your post.


Erica May 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thanks — worked perfectly : )


YESSSS June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I would num on your nip if I could right now.



Stephen June 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm



Sanjeev Kumar July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

The above process changes only the ‘Send As’ name, not the display name (which I wanted).

If you wish to change your display name, what you’ll do is here:

Click the dropdown menu besides your image (absolutely top right, above gear icon)> View Profile. On that page, click ‘Edit’ profile and then just one line below, click on your name, and change it acc to your wishes.


Will W August 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Stephen, you legend! Gmail is a disaster but my new work company asked to to set up a specific gmail account. I did that but embarrassingly there was a typo in my surname. I spent over an hour trying to find a solution until I found your post.
Sincerely, Thanks a lot!


Rhonda November 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

THANK YOU!!!!! I was going nuts trying to figure this out!! It changed the name on my outgoing e-mails, but when I click on the “to” box and start typing my own e-mail address it still comes out with the name I was trying to change…any suggestions?

Thanks Again!


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