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Google Profile Picture

Setting a professional-looking Google Profile photo of yourself will give your correspondences a personal touch.

Looking for tips on what makes a good profile photo? Check out this article.

Follow the steps below depending on what device you are using:


  1. Once you are logged in to your Gmail account, on the top right of the screen click the circle that has the first letter of your name.
  2. This will bring up a small box where you can access your account information, add a new account, or sign out.  
  3. That same circle should now have some text that says “Change”, clicking on this will allow you to change your profile picture.
  4. A large box will pop up that allows you to select a profile picture.
  5. You will be given the option to drag a photo into the box, upload a photo from your computer, take a new photo with a webcam or add a photo from hangouts.
  6. Once you have selected a photo you can set that photo as your profile picture.



  1. Open up your Gmail app.
  2. Tap Menu gmail menu button ios gmail settings button iosgmail menu button ios on the top left of the screen.  
  3. Tap Settingsgmail settings button ios on the top right of the screen.
  4. Tap change photo on the top of your screen and then
  5. Tap save on the top right of the screen


  1. Access from your web broswer.
  2. Click on the circle in the middle of the screen with your initial/blue default person image.
  3. Upload or take a photo from your phone.
  4. Crop your photo as you would like it to appear and tap done.

Google also give you the option to change the visibility of your profile picture.


Note: Your Google Profile picture and your Chat/Hangout picture are managed separately.

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