How to Change Your Name on Google Account

Introduction

Maybe you got married. Maybe you want your Google account to be associated with a pen name. Or, maybe you changed your name. No matter the reason Google makes it relatively easy to change the first and last name associated with your Google account. Please be aware that it may take up to 48 hours before you see this change reflected in all of the services associated with your Google account, such as Gmail. You can see images associated with these steps in the YouTube video and inline images below.

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Steps to Change Your Name on Google Account

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to www.MyAccount.Google.com. You’ll land on your Google My Account home screen.
  2. Click “Personal Info” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Personal Info options are displayed on the right side of the screen.

  1. Navigate down to the Basic Info section and then click the “Name” field.

  1. Click the “Edit” icon to the right of your name field. You’ll see open entry fields for the first and last names associated with your Google account.

  1. Enter the first and last names you want to use with your Google account, and then click “Save.”

You’ll be routed back to the Name screen where you’ll see your new first and last names. It may take up to 48 hours before you see this change reflected in all of the services associated with your Google account, such as Gmail.

    Reasons You May Want to Change Your Name on Your Google Account

    1. Marriage or Divorce

    When you tie the knot or go through a divorce, your name is likely to change. If you want your Google account to reflect this change, it’s easy to do. Simply log into your account, go to your profile, and change your name to match your new identity.

    2. Legal Name Change

    If you have gone through a legal name change for personal or legal reasons, such as a gender change, updating your Google account is important. This ensures that your name on all Google services matches your new identity. Simply follow the steps outlined above to change your name.

    3. Typos or Inaccuracies

    We all make mistakes, especially when filling out online forms. If you made a typo or inaccurate entry in your name on your Google account, don’t worry. You can easily correct it by logging in and following the steps to change your name.

    4. Privacy or Anonymity

    If you’re concerned about your privacy or prefer to keep your identity anonymous online, changing your name on your Google account is an option. This helps you maintain a level of privacy and anonymity when using Google services.

    5. Professional Reasons

    As you build your professional brand, you may decide to change your name to better reflect your professional identity. Updating your Google account to match your new name helps maintain a consistent brand across all your online platforms. The process is simple, just log in and make the change.

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