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How to change display name in GTalk/Gmail

Posted on July 6th, 2008 in mail,messengers,tutorials,web apps by Ankit Duseja

Changing the name in Gtalk/Gmail is the issue which many people find it difficult to do so. After getting the same query each month by some one or the other, I decided to write the procedure in an article. Well changing the name is not at all difficult but you have to dig around a little in Gmail.

Here is the 11 step process with an image flowchart that will easily let you change your name in Gmail/Gtalk. (Click on the image at right to enlarge it.)

Changing name in Gmail/Gtalk

  1. Sign in to you Google Account.
  2. Go to “My Account” Page.
  3. Click on Edit Link.
  4. Enter your First name & last name here.
  5. Click on “Save”.
  6. Now open Gmail.
  7. Click on settings.
  8. Then go to the accounts tab.
  9. Click on edit info.
  10. Now you can either select the name you just changed in the above step or you can type a new name you want to use for Gmail/Gtalk.
  11. Click on “Save”.

That’s it. Your (new) name will appear in Gtalk & will also be attached when you will compose an email.

NOTE: You cannot have different names in gtalk and gmail through a same account.

56 Responses to 'How to change display name in GTalk/Gmail'

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  1. Joseph said,

    on September 13th, 2008 at 4:49 am

    BAD… Not done

  2. Love said,

    on October 3rd, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I tried it but my friends finding the same my gtalk id in their display whereas for some friend I got there respective name.
    So plz help me out so tht I can the display name same for all of my friends not my gtalk id.

  3. Fakroddin said,

    on December 21st, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Bad…not done

  4. Simon said,

    on January 28th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I was also facing the same problem. But i found the real solution for that. If your friends are not able to see your current display name or id. It is from thier side and not from your side. If you are adding a person today and he is having a orkut name as “xxx yyy”, then you gtalk will show his name as “xxx yyy”. the gtalk stores the name based on the date you added them. now, what you have to do is, tell your friends to change your display name manually. and it will last forever. hope this helps.

  5. guddy said,

    on May 16th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    thank u soooooooo much

  6. Happy said,

    on May 21st, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hii not done buddy…my frnds still see my old name on gtalk…wht to do now??

  7. vidyabadri said,

    on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for your information about changing the name in the gamail account. It was very useful. I was able to do it.
    Thanks once agin!

  8. thomas said,

    on July 8th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    thanks that was informative

  9. Manoj Kumar said,

    on July 11th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Many Thanks.

    Excellent Tips.

    Regards,
    Manoj Kumar

  10. Shad said,

    on July 13th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks Dear, its working

  11. Man said,

    on August 13th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Not done either way. Simon – what you wrote does not work – gtalk id still appears…


  12. on October 6th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Well….awesome man…..it worked for me…….

  13. Aravindretnakumar said,

    on October 17th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Awesome.. Tanx dude.

  14. archit said,

    on October 24th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    thnx .u made it easy 4 me…


  15. on November 11th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    plz change my gmail a/c name


  16. on December 8th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    didn’t work for me

  17. ram said,

    on December 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    thannnkessssssssss

  18. suraj said,

    on December 27th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    awesome !!! it worked.. many thanks.. cheers :)

  19. jeff stockton said,

    on January 6th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Awesome. Was very frustrating. Couldn’t figure out how to do this.

  20. Aravind S said,

    on January 9th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Yeah its rerally the complete solution… I got it now…

  21. oldmonk said,

    on January 15th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Perfect!

  22. prathap said,

    on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    the information is useful to change the display name only in our PC… it is not displaying in our friends chat list… what we have changed… but whenever we email.. it is displaying… please can anybody help in this….

  23. S.D said,

    on March 1st, 2010 at 9:12 am

    thanx man……..
    itz workin……

  24. bharath said,

    on March 5th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Many are in wrong assumption that their name has been changed , but that option changes name in their accnt page only but not in their frnds list, its just half solution. Please post the solution if any one has ..

  25. Freya said,

    on March 24th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    This doesn’t seem to be working for me! I have tried both of these, but I cannot get gmail to use both my first name and my last name for my gmail display name. Please help!

  26. SAMRAT said,

    on May 28th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks i succesfully chabged my name


  27. on June 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Good done!Thanx!


  28. on July 1st, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    nice suggestion. worked for me.
    Thanks

  29. clicker said,

    on July 13th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    wow .. very helpful


  30. on August 8th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    this info was totally helpfull. thankyou..

  31. sakti Rath said,

    on August 13th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you dost….. It really worked.. i got my name changed in my mail id.great job…..

  32. Ricky said,

    on August 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    changed the account settings info…changed the google accounts info..
    showing me the changed name but not my friends..
    n simon…it wud b very difficult to tell all ppl..
    can u suggest a better idea..

  33. Krish said,

    on September 9th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Thank You Very Much Simon, Your concern really help me…
    It was really so easy….

  34. Spelletjes said,

    on October 9th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Nice article. Thank you

  35. imran said,

    on October 31st, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Thanks Darling,it’s working,nice job

  36. Ashish Goyal said,

    on November 1st, 2010 at 9:31 am

    dis is absolutely wrong way to do to it.. plz try dis

    Just go to:
    -settings (on top right hand corner)
    -accounts (one of the tabs in the orange area)
    -the first link on the right hand side in the “send mail as” area. the link says edit info

  37. karthikeyan said,

    on November 4th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    very bad.

  38. kpnaidu said,

    on November 4th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    yery helpfull

  39. Ramkumar said,

    on December 3rd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Thank you pal :)

  40. Lucifer Gloria Alterna said,

    on December 12th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Dude….Its not working

  41. sekhar said,

    on December 28th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    its not working. in my friends account displays my old name

  42. Rocky said,

    on January 5th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    thanks man, it partially did the work for me…i got my mail id as gtalk name though, not the name i selected…why is this so??

  43. Sonal said,

    on January 25th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    my name in sending mail has been updated by the aforementioned procedure but in gtalk, i can still see my previous name even though my friend has change it…how to change it?

  44. Bipin said,

    on February 25th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    its not working

  45. nagarjuna said,

    on March 29th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Nicely explained and it worked well for me. thanks for your guidence.

  46. nish said,

    on March 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    good tip… thank you

  47. abin said,

    on May 29th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    thanks/…..

  48. Payman said,

    on June 6th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Dear the advisor of the above istructions

    It was really nice and fruitful for me. I have to express my best thanks.

    With Warm regards

    Peyman

  49. Ty said,

    on June 28th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Go to mail Setting (under the gadget icon in the corner.)
    go to accounts and important tab.
    Go down to “Send mail as”
    Then hit edit
    Type desired name and hit save.

    Done. your name should be changed now!!!

  50. pat said,

    on July 12th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Wow, ty sooo much! It required a reboot to take effect but worked immediately after doing so. Great info!

  51. MOHIT said,

    on August 22nd, 2011 at 1:08 am

    thanx man

  52. shainky said,

    on September 4th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    nice, thanks

  53. Mike said,

    on September 27th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    This method didn’t work, the new name would not display on outgoing gmails, only the original one

  54. sajeev said,

    on October 14th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    this is how u do it which i found in google pages:

    Changing your username
    I want to change the name that people see on my messages and Google Chat

    You can change the name that’s linked to your email address, but not the address itself.
    Old:

    New:

    Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Gmail and select Mail settings.
    Click the Accounts and Import tab.
    In the “Send mail as:” section, locate the email address you’d like to edit.
    Click edit info next to the address.
    In the “Name:” section, specify what you’d like your name to be and click Save changes.

  55. satya said,

    on November 3rd, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Thanks alot.
    Really a great trick

  56. Rabin said,

    on November 19th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t find the method in new google page. no such edit link is available on My Account page.

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