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How to Change Your Google Name (and Google Plus Name)

Your name has changed or you want to go incognito on Google? Find out here how to change your Google name and how to change your Google Plus name on the way. it’s easy, but do pay attention to the time constraint.

First, Is It Ventral?

V is for ventral-vulture
What do you mean? Ventral…

I sure hope not.

For, like so many a medical term, “ventral” does not sound benign. Come to think of it, not even “benign” sounds benign.

Ventral, in any event, is: it means nothing but “on the front”. If you know some Spanish, think of “vientre“, the belly. Both words come from the Latin venter, -tris: belly.

Now, from naming parts of my body to naming, in a way, my body online in Google. Changing a Google Account’s name is easy and entirely benign.

How to Change Your Google Name

To do a Google name change and update your name used across the account using a browser on either a desktop or a mobile device:

  1. Open your Google My Account page.
    • Using a desktop browser, you can click your avatar or image in Gmail or Google Plus, for example, then click My Account.
  2. Select Personal info & privacy.
  3. Now open the Your personal info category.
  4. Click the current name under Name.
  5. Now click the edit button next to the current name; it shows a stylized pen (🖊).
  6. Enter the desired name under First name and Last name.
    • You can leave either field blank if you like.
  7. Click Done.
  8. Now click CONFIRM under Confirm name change.
    • Google will remind you that you cannot change your name more often than 3 times within 90 days.
      After changing your name 3 times, you will have to wait 90 days have passed since you changed your name first.

Will This Change My Name on Google Plus?

Yes. The steps above will change the name used for your Google Plus account, +1 and postings.

Is There an Exception? Will My Name Not Change Anywhere on Google?

The steps above to change your name on Google will update the name everywhere on Google with one exception:

  • If you have changed your name on Gmail for a specific account or address, Gmail will continue using that name.
  • Even if you have not change the name, do check Gmail has switched to the new name. I have seen it stick, and quite stubbornly stick, with an old name. In that case, do change the name in Gmail manually.

(Tested with Google in a desktop and in a mobile browser; )

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Heinz Tschabitscher

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