There are all sorts of reasons you might want to change your display name in Google – the name that pops up in your recipient’s inbox when you send them an email. Perhaps you’ve recently married and changed your name; maybe you set up your account long ago, with an all-CAPS username and need to tone it down.
Whatever the reason, Google lets you change your email username in just a few simple steps. Here’s how to change your name in Gmail on desktop and mobile.
1. Log in to your Gmail account.
2. Go to your Settings by clicking the gear icon in the top right hand of your screen.
3. Navigate to the Accounts and Import tab.
4. Go to the Send Mail As section and click edit info.
5. In the pop-up window, enter into the text box the new name you want to appear as your username.
6. To enter a new “reply-to” address, click Specify a different “reply-to” address. This means that responses you receive will automatically filter to this specified email address, instead of the one you’ve used to send the email.
7. Click Next Step.
8. Check your server details. You may be asked to re-enter your password.
9. Click Save Changes.
On Your Mobile or Tablet App
1. Open your Gmail app (you may need to enter your email address and password, if you’re not already logged on).
2. Tap the menu icon in the top left hand side of the screen.
3. In the pop-up, select Settings.
4. Select your account by tapping on the email address of the account you wish to change.
5. Tap on Manage your Google Account (on Android, tap Manage Account).
6. Tap Personal info.
7. Tap on your current name.
8. Enter your account password (you may not be asked for this), then Next.
9. Tap the edit icon, and a pop-up will appear.
10. Enter your new name in the text box. You’ll be asked for a first name and a last name.
11. Tap Done.
12. When prompted, tap Confirm to authorize the name change.
Ultimately, there are many reasons why you might want to change the username of your Gmail account in order to ensure you’re properly represented in your recipient’s inbox.
Thankfully, Gmail makes this process relatively straightforward both on desktop and on the mobile or tablet app.
It’s worth noting, however, that you can only change your name a total of three times in 90 days. Since there’s a limit on the number of times you can play around with new names, think through your final selection before making the change to be sure you’re certain. Double check for any spelling mistakes or misplaced capitalization as well before completing the process.
Once your name is changed, remember to change your email signature to correspond to your new change of name. Try sending yourself a test email to ensure everything looks the way it should before using your new email address personally or professionally.