How to Change Your Name on Gmail


This wikiHow teaches you how to change the name that displays when you send an email from Gmail. You can do this on both the desktop version of Gmail and the Gmail mobile app, though Google only permits you to change your name a maximum of three times every 90 days. You cannot change your email address.

Part 1
On Desktop

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open your Gmail inbox if you're logged in. If you aren't logged into Gmail, enter your email address and password when prompted.

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It's in the top-right side of the Gmail inbox. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the Settings page.

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You'll find this tab at the top of the page.

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It's across from the "Send mail as" section of the settings page. A pop-up menu will open.

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This is the second box from the top.

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In the blank text field, type in the name you want to use.

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It's at the bottom of the window. Doing so saves your name change and closes the window.

Part 2
On Mobile

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Tap the Gmail app icon, which resembles a red "M" on a white background, to do so. If you're not logged into Gmail, you'll need to enter your email address and password when prompted.

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It's in the top-left corner of the screen. A pop-out menu will appear.

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You'll find this option near the bottom of the pop-out menu.

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Tap the email address of the account for which you want to change the name.

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It's near the top of the menu. On Android, tap My Account.

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You'll find this option near the top of the page. On Android, tap Personal info at the top of the screen.

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It's in the "Name" text box near the top of the page.

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When prompted, type in the password for your email address, then tap NEXT.

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It's a pencil-shaped icon to the right of your name. Doing so prompts a pop-up menu to appear.

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Type your preferred name into the "First" and/or "Last" text boxes.

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It's at the bottom of the pop-up window.

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This will confirm that you both want to change your name and are aware that you can only change your name twice more in the next 90 days.