How to update your Gmail picture

There are lots of reasons why you’d want to change your Gmail profile picture. Maybe you have a great, new selfie you want to show off. Or you just might want to update your work email with a photo that’s recent and professional-looking. Whatever the reason, we can help you update your Gmail picture in just a few quick steps. We’ve also got you covered whether you choose to change your photo via Gmail’s desktop website or through its mobile app.

Keep in mind: While these instructions should be able to change your profile picture for Gmail, there are two things you should know. First, the change isn’t necessarily instantaneous — it may take a few minutes for your new profile picture to show up in Gmail’s website or app, and you may need to refresh your browser or restart your phone to see the changes. Second: Though changing your Gmail photo is done through your Google account, your new photo may not show up in all of your Google services, and it may still vary within Gmail (your new photo will show up in the emails you send, but not necessarily in that profile photo icon in the top right corner of your screen).

How to change your profile picture in Gmail: Desktop method

Step 1: Go to Gmail via your browser and log into your Gmail account if you’re not already logged in.

Step 2: Click on your profile photo icon, which is located in the top right corner of your screen. From there, you have two options: You can either click on the little camera icon at the top of the menu that appears, or you can click on Manage your Google Account. If you choose the camera icon, just follow the on-screen prompts to change your profile picture and then click Set as profile photo. If you choose Manage your Google Account, go to Step 3.

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Step 3: On your Google Account page, select the Personal info tab on the left side of your screen.

Step 4: Within the Photo section, under Profile, click on your current profile picture icon.

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Step 5: Follow the on-screen prompts to choose or upload your photo. Then select Set as profile photo.

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How to change your profile picture in Gmail: Mobile app method

Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your mobile device (Android or iOS).

Step 2: For Android devices, tap on your profile photo icon in the top right corner of your screen. iOS users should select the Menu icon, choose Settings, and then select the account for which they want to change the profile picture.

Note: From here onward, Google’s instructions are the same for both Android and iOS devices.

Step 3: Select Manage your Google Account and then tap Personal info.

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Step 4: Within the Profile section, select your profile picture icon.

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Step 5: Tap on Set Profile Photo and then follow the directions on your screen to either take a photo with your phone’s camera or choose an existing photo from your phone’s storage.

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