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How to update your Gmail mugshot in a few easy steps

When you send an email to a fellow Gmail user, a small picture of yourself accompanies the message. It’s important that this picture be professional, particularly if you’re sending email to potential employers. There will inevitably come a time when you have to change or update your profile picture. Maybe you just got a fly new haircut, or maybe your old picture was taken on a Motorola Razr.

Performing this seemingly simple task in Gmail should be easy, but it isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Google stores two different photos of you — one for Google Plus and another for Gmail. The Gmail photo is used exclusively for email, while the Google Plus photo is used for Hangouts and a few other Google services. This can get confusing, so let’s run through changing both pictures, just to cover all your bases.

How to change your profile picture in Gmail

Step 1 — Log into Gmail on your desktop or laptop. Click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Gmail inbox, then click Settings.


Step 2 — You will start in the General tab of the settings pane. Scroll down until you see the section called My Picture and click the blue Change picture option when found.


Step 3 — Click Choose File to browse your computer for the perfect profile picture. 


Step 4 — Find the photo you want to upload and double-click it. From there, you’ll be asked to crop the photo. Once you’re satisfied with your handiwork, click Apply Changes. That’s it, you’re done!

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