How to Change the 'From' Name in Your Email

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

When you sign up for a new email account, the first and last name that you enter aren't only for identification purposes. By default, with most email accounts, that first and last name appear in the From field when 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. Still, the major webmail service providers offer the option.

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.

Even if you use your real name in your email address, changing your email address usually requires you to sign up for a new account. Most webmail services are free, so signing up for a new account is a viable option to change your email address. 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 popular email services on the internet (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail, and Zoho Mail).

Change Your Name in Gmail

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

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

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

  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, then 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, then 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