How to Change the 'From' Name in Your Email

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

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When you sign up for a new email account, the first and last name that you enter aren't just for identification purposes. By default, with most email accounts, that first and last name will appear in the From field every single time you send an email.

If you prefer to have a different name show up — a nickname or pseudonym, for example — it's easy to change. The process is different from one service to the next, but all of the major webmail service providers offer the option.

Two different 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 itself, which usually can't be changed.

Even if you use your real name in your email address, changing your email address usually requires you to sign up for an entirely new account. Given that most webmail services are free, signing up for a new account is a viable option if you really want to change your email address. Just make sure to set up email forwarding so that you don't miss any messages.

Here are instructions on how to change your email name for five of the most popular email services on the internet (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail, and Zoho Mail).

Change Your Name in Gmail

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 Jeremy Laukkonen

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Go to Accounts and Import > Send mail as > edit info.
  3. Enter a new name in the field below your current name.
  4. Click on the Save Changes button.

Change Your Name in Outlook

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Jeremy Laukkonen

Outlook uses a profile in all of Microsoft's different online products, so you can change your From name in a couple of different ways.

If you are already logged into your Outlook.com mailbox, here's the easiest way:

  1. Click on your avatar or profile picture at the top right corner. It will be a generic gray icon of a person if you have not set a custom profile picture.
  2. Click edit profile.
  3. Go to My profiles > Profile.
  4. Click Edit next to your current name.
  5. Enter your new name into the First name and Last name fields.
  6. Click on Save.

The other way to change your name in Outlook involves navigating directly to the page on which you can change your name.

  1. Navigate to profile.live.com
  2. Log in using your Outlook.com email and password if you aren't already logged in.
  3. Click Edit name.
  4. Enter your new name into the First name and Last name fields.
  5. Click Save.

Change Your Name in Yahoo Mail

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Jeremy Laukkonen 

  1. Click or mouse over the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click settings.
  3. Go to Accounts > Email addresses > [Your email address].
  4. Enter a new name into the your name field.
  5. Click Save.

Change Your Name in Yandex Mail

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 Jeremy Laukkonen

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click Personal data > signature > picture.
  3. Type a new name in the your name field.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Change Your Name in Zoho Mail

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Jeremy Laukkonen

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Go to Mail Settings > Send Mail As.
  3. Click the pencil icon next to your email address.
  4. Type a new name in the display name field.
  5. Click Update .