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 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.

Gmail profile photo change step 1

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 Basic info, click on your current profile picture icon.

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

gmail profile photo change step 5

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

The instructions are the same for iOS 14.x and Android 10. Here’s how to make the change:

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

Step 2: Tap on your photo icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: In the pop-up window, tap the Manage your Google Account or Google Account button (depending on your version of Android).

Gmail Manage Your Google Account

Step 4: On the following screen, tap the Personal info tab.

Step 5: Under the Basic info header, tap on your current profile photo.

Gmail android app screenshot 2

Step 6: A pop-up window appears with an explainer (the message is longer on iOS 14.x for some reason). Tap on Set profile photo

Gmail app step 5 screenshot

Step 7: A pop-up window (Android) or slide-up menu (iOS) appears on the screen. Choose to either browse for an image saved on your device or launch the camera app to take a new profile pic.

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