How To Change The Name On Your Google Or Gmail Account

There are times that you have either had a change of name or you wish to change the name associated with your email account for any other reason specific to yourself.

Most people find it difficult doing this and so they go to the extent of creating new email accounts altogether. So, you realise someone has about three different addresses and it all has to do with the names they had used in signing up for those accounts.

In this article, I shall teach you how to change the name associated with your existing Gmail address without having to create a new account altogether.

Now, before we move on to the steps involved, there are a few things you need to understand.

Your email address is the whole address that you give to people when you expect them to send you an email. For example; [email protected]

Your email username is the name that appears before the @ symbol. So in the address used above, the username is Kofigo.

You cannot change these two details explained above. You can’t change your email address or username. You can only change the name associated with your account or your account name.

Your account name is the name that others see when you send an email to them. Also, you can usually see it when you click on your profile photo in your Gmail app or window.

How To Change Your Gmail Account Name

First of all, you must be sure not to have changed your name in the past few days. If you changed your name very often in the past few days, you won’t be successful with the process. Also, make sure that you are using a desktop or laptop computer to do this. It doesn’t work on the mobile app.

  1. Visit on your PC
  2. Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner of your Gmail window.
  3. Select ‘settings’ from the list
  4. Look through the various tabs and select the ‘Accounts and Import’ tab.
  5. Under ‘Send email as’, click on ‘edit info’
  6. Type the new name you wish to use as your account name.
  7. Click on ‘save changes’

In case you get feedback indicating that you can’t access the setting, it either means you have changed your name so many times in recent times or your account is being administered by a company and the company doesn’t allow you to change the name on your account.


Changing your Gmail account name may not be something you have to do regularly or you may never have to do it at all in your life. But when the need arises, you should be able to do that easily without much stress.

I hope this article was helpful in giving you all that is required to change your google mail account name. If you have any questions or comments regarding this, kindly leave them in the comment box beneath the post.

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