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Change Your Display Name in Gmail

You can make changes to your display name - the name seen by recipients of your emails.  This only applies to emails sent from and does not affect accounts on your iPhone or other clients. It also does not control how others save your name in their contacts (you will see this saved name on emails they send to you). 

Changing your Display Name in Gmail

  1. Log into your email and click the Gear on the top, then Settings.
  2. In your Settings, go to the Accounts tab.
  3. Where it says Send Mail As:, click the edit info link next to the account you would like to update.
  4. Select the button next to the second option below Name:, type your desired display name and Save Changes.


  • If your recipients have you saved as a contact with a different name, they will continue to see the name they have saved. You will also see the name they have entered for you on emails you receive from them.
  • If your name has changed, you should update it in the system of record (Workday for staff, Banner for students) and tell the IT Service Center so that the change will be reflected in all Brown services.

Changing Name in Other Apps

If you are using another app like Mac Mail to send mail, you will have to change it there as well. Here are instructions for iPhone and Mac Mail.

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