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 :D

  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.

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Susan January 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

Worked like a charm. Thank you for sharing.

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Iris January 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thanks so much Stephen. It was driving me crazy.

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Prasad February 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thank’s a ton!!

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Jewel February 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for sharing. it’s useful

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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.

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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 : )

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Jay March 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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

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sarvan March 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

thank you very much

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zeyn March 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

thx so much it was very helpful :)

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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!

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Stephen April 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks, Chris!

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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.

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Erica May 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thanks — worked perfectly : )

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YESSSS June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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

I LOVE YOU.

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Stephen June 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Thanks!!!

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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.

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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!

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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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