How to Add an Image to Your Gmail Signature

Make each message you send stand out with a custom picture

A standard Gmail signature includes custom content like your name, job title, and contact information. It can feature specially formatted text to help draw attention. But, if you'd like to make it even more appealing, you can add a photo or logo to make it stand out.

If you use Gmail for business, this is a great opportunity to include a custom logo, or even a small picture of yourself. Just don't overdo it with a signature that's too flashy.

Person adding an image to their email signature
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Gmail makes it easy to add a picture to your email signature. You can upload something from your computer, use an image from a URL, or include a photo you've uploaded to your Google Drive account.

These directions apply to the desktop version of Gmail on all operating systems.

You can also set up a Gmail signature just for your mobile device, but the mobile signature can be text only.

How to Add an Image to Your Gmail Signature

Including an image in your Gmail signature is as easy as picking the photo and deciding where to put it.


This was video was created before Gmail allowed users to add images from their computer.

  1. With Gmail open, in the upper-right corner select the Settings (gear) icon and, from the menu, choose Settings. If the General tab isn't already highlighted, select General.

    Screenshot of Gmail Settings menu in Chrome web browser
  2. Scroll down to the Signature area.

    Screenshot of Signature area in Gmail settings in Chrome web browser
  3. Make sure the radio button next to your email address is selected.

    If you have Gmail set up to send mail from multiple email addresses, you'll see them listed here. Select the one from the drop-down menu for which you want to make the image signature. 

  4. Position the mouse cursor exactly where you want the image to go. For example, if it should appear just below your name, type your name and press Enter so a new line is created for the picture.

  5. From the menu in the signature editor, select Insert Image. The Add an image dialog box appears.

    Screenshot of Insert Image button in Gmail signature settings
  6. Within the Add an image dialog box, search or browse for your own pictures in the My Drive tab, or upload one using Upload or Web Address (URL).

    Screenshot of Add an image dialog in Gmail signature settings in Chrome web browser
  7. Choose Select to insert the image into the signature.

    If you need to resize the image once it's inserted into the signature, select it and choose Small, Medium, Large, or its Original Size.

    Small, Medium, Large, Original size options when adding an image to Gmail signature
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Save Changes.

    Screenshot of Save Changes button in Gmail signature settings in Chrome web browser
  9. Now the image will appear with your signature on each message you send.

Return to these steps any time you want to remove the image from the signature, edit the text, or disable the signature altogether.

How to Make Photo Signatures on the Fly

If you prefer, you can make a Gmail signature with an image while you're writing the email. This approach enables you to create different signatures for different recipients. Here's how:

  1. Type your message as usual. On the next line, type two hyphens (--) where your signature would normally go.

    Gmail with new message screen displayed
  2. Below that, type your signature information (it should look like an automatically appended signature).

    Gmail with message window displayed
  3. Be sure your cursor is placed where you want the image to appear. Then, at the bottom of the composition window, select Insert photo (the icon that looks like a square with mountains in it). The Insert Photo dialog box appears. Select the image you want to use, and then choose Insert.

    Gmail with Insert Photo dialog box displayed
  4. If needed, adjust the size of the image by selecting it, then using the handles to drag the corners. Alternatively, you can click the image once and use the Small, Best fit, and Original size buttons to automatically resize it.

    Gmail with new email signature created
  5. You should now have a complete photo signature.