How to Change the 'From' Name in Your Email

Update your name on Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail, and Zoho Mail

What to Know

  • Gmail: Select the gear icon. Choose Settings > Accounts and import > Send mail as > edit info, enter a new name, and select Save Changes.
  • Outlook: Select your avatar. Choose Edit Profile > Edit name and enter new names in the First and Last name fields. Select Save.
  • Yahoo Mail: Select the gear icon > More Settings > Mailboxes. Choose your account under Mailbox List and edit the Your Name field.

This article explains how to change the "From" name in your email program. These instructions are for five popular email services: Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail, and Zoho Mail.

Change Your Name in Gmail

When you sign up for a new email account, the first and last name that you enter aren't only for identification purposes. With most email accounts, that first and last name appear in the From field when you send an email by default.

If you prefer to have a different name show up—a nickname or pseudonym, for example—it's easy to change.

Two kinds of names are related to sending mail. The one you can change is the name that appears in the From field. The other is your email address, which usually can't be changed.

To change your display name in Gmail:

  1. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner, then choose Settings.

    Turn off Gmail Conversation View
  2. Go to Accounts and Import > Send mail as > edit info.

    Gmail settings screen with the Accounts and Import menu highlighted
  3. Enter a new name in the field below your current name.

    Name field in Gmail settings
  4. Select Save Changes.

    Save Changes button in Gmail

Change Your Name in Outlook

When you are logged in to your Outlook.com mailbox, here's the easiest way to change your From name:

  1. Select your avatar or profile picture at the upper-right corner. It might be a generic gray icon of a person or your initials if you have not set a custom profile picture.

    Account handle in Outlook
  2. Select Edit Profile. Your profile page opens.

    Alternatively, bypass your inbox and go directly to profile.live.com.

    Edit profile link in Outlook
  3. Select Edit name.

    Edit name link in Outlook
  4. Enter your new name into the First name and Last name fields.

    First and Last Name fields in Outlook
  5. Enter the CAPTCHA and select Save.

    Save button in Your info in Outlook

Change Your Name in Yahoo Mail

To change your display name in Yahoo Mail:

  1. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner and choose More Settings.

    An inbox in Yahoo Mail with the Settings and More Settings buttons highlighted
  2. Select Mailboxes.

    Yahoo settings with the Mailboxes heading highlighted
  3. Select your account under Mailbox List and edit your name in the Your Name field.

    Your Name field in Yahoo Mail Settings
  4. Select Save.

Change Your Name in Yandex Mail

To change your display name in Yandex Mail:

  1. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner.

    Settings gear in Yandex Mail
  2. Select Personal data, signature, picture.

    Personal data, signature, picture option in Yandex Mail settings
  3. Type a new name in the Your name field.

    "Your Name" field in Yandex Mail settings
  4. Click Save Changes.

Change Your Name in Zoho Mail

To use a different display name in Zoho Mail:

  1. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner.

    Settings gear
  2. Select Send Mail As.

    Send Mail As option
  3. Choose your email account.

  4. Type a new name in the Display name field.

    Display Name field in Zoho
  5. Select Update.

    Update button
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