What is a preferred name for Google accounts? The preferred term is called Nickname in Google accounts and can be used as a nickname (of course) instead of the personal account info such as first and last name. You can easily add or modify a nickname for your Google account and in this article, we will go through the steps on how to achieve that. We will also look at how to have a unique ‘send as’ the preferred name for Gmail.
Add Google Preferred Name or Nickname from Browser
To add or update the preferred name for Google accounts from any web browser,
- Sign in to your Google Account
- Navigate to Personal info (from the left menu)
- From Basic info – select Name
- Click the pencil icon to enter a nickname and save it.
You can also update your account Name, linked profiles, visibility, and preferences from Personal Info. If you are a Google Chrome user with a Chrome profile – select the account profile picture from the upper right corner and click Manage your Google Account. This will bring you to account management and save you some clicks.
Add Preferred Name for Google from Android or iPhone
To add a preferred name or nickname for a Google account from Android or iPhone, follow these simple steps. If you are using multiple Google accounts, make sure to select the desired one.
- Open Google Account
- Tap Personal Info
- Tap the arrow to the right of the account name
- Tap Edit next to Nickname
- Update and save.
Add Preferred Name for Google Gmail Emails
Gmail users can also add a unique preferred name for their Google Gmail account only. As a result, you can have a unique name for emails.
- Open Gmail
- Navigate to Gmail settings by selecting the gear icon from the top right
- Select Accounts and Import
- Scroll to Send mail as: section
- Edit info for the listed email
- Add a new name to be shown for the mail you send.
- click Save Changes
After this step, now when you send emails, the newly added preferred name for Google Gmail will be visible in the inbox with the assigned email address. This only takes effect for Gmail and doesn’t impact any other Google services, for example, the Nickname set in the Google account will still be visible in Google Meet.