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.