Changing your Gmail name can be done within seconds.
By default, Gmail uses your Google account’s name as the sender’s name for emails. However, you can easily change the Gmail name from both your computer and mobile phone, and this tutorial demonstrates that.
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Before proceeding to the tutorial, you should understand the difference between your Gmail name and username. Your Gmail name acts as an identifier for you, the person sending the email, and appears next to the messages sent from your Gmail account. The recipient sees that name on the emails they receive from you. On the other hand, your Gmail username is actually your Gmail email address. Gmail usernames aka email addresses are unique, but that’s not the case with Gmail names.
Changing the name in Gmail will only change the Gmail’s display or sender name and will not affect its username. For instance, if I change the Gmail name for firstname.lastname@example.org account, only the display name will change as shown below:
<Mehvish> email@example.com changes to <Mehvish Mushtaq> firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that you know the difference between Gmail names and Gmail usernames, let’s check the methods to change your Gmail name.
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This method allows you to change your Gmail name from a computer. Once you change the name on the web, it will reflect in the Gmail mobile apps as well. Changing the Gmail name as shown below will not affect other Google services.
Note: to revert to the Google account name, repeat the above steps and select the original name in step #5.
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If you’re logged in with Gmail in the Apple Mail app on your iPhone or iPad, you have to change the Gmail name via the Mail app settings.
Note: the name change applies only to emails sent via the Apple Mail app. Similarly, you have to check and change the name in other third-party email apps you use.
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If you want to change your name across all Google services like Gmail, Google Meet and Play Store, you have to change the name in your Google account profile. It’s possible to do so from PC, Android, or iPhone as shown below.
Tip: to check your Google name, hover your mouse over the Google account picture in Gmail at the top right. Your name and email ID should now pop up.
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If you have only one Google account added to your Android phone, go to “Settings -> Google -> Manage your Google account -> Personal info -> Name” to change the name.
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On an iPhone, you can change the Google account name via the Gmail app only.
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If Gmail continues to use your old name, clear the cache and cookies on your PC’s browser. Also, clear the cache for the Gmail app on your Android, or log out from your Gmail account and log back in. Lastly, check your own contact card on your iPhone and change the first and last names in it.
Google doesn’t put any restrictions on the number of times you can change your name. However, it would be wise to wait a while before attempting to change your name again.
You cannot change your Gmail address, but you can create a new Gmail account to get the username you desire (if it’s available, of course). Then, transfer emails, contacts and other data to the new account. Once you’re done, delete the old Gmail account.
All screenshots by Mehvish Mushtaq
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