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Change display name on Gmail in a few simple steps

Change display name on Gmail

Although it’s neat to have all those services under the same banner, sometimes you don’t want to use the Google Account name on services like Gmail or YouTube. Luckily, you can change the display name in Gmail in a few simple steps. The only catch is that you can’t do it from the mobile app. Learn how to change the display name on Gmail below.

How to change your Gmail name?

The only way to change your Google Display name in Gmail is to do it in Gmail for Web. There is a particular setting that allows users to either stick to their Google Account name or set a different Gmail-specific name. This is great if you want your name and surname to be present in Gmail for a more formal approach. Especially if you use your Gmail account for work.

Without further ado, here’s how to change your Display Name in Gmail:

  1. Open Gmail on the Web.
  2. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. Click on the cog icon at the top right corner to bring the Settings pane.
  4. Click See all settings.
  5. Select Accounts and Import.change display name gmail
  6. Next to the “Send mail as” section, click Edit info.
  7. Toggle the bottom bar and type the preferred name you want to use in Gmail.
  8. Click Save changes.change display name gmail

That’s it. From now on, the name you’ve chosen for your Gmail address will pop up to recipients when they receive your emails.

On mobile, you can open Chrome and enable the Desktop site mode. To do so, open Chrome and tap on the 3-dots menu. Check the Desktop site box. After that, navigate to Gmail for Web and make the aforementioned changes. As simple as that.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your questions or suggestions with us. The comments section is just below and we always look forward to your feedback.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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