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To change your Google profile picture, go to your Google account page and mouse over your picture at the top. When the camera icon appears, click on it and an image uploader box will appear. Upload your image, crop to the size you need and save your changes.

How to change your Google profile picture

If you’re a fan of doing things the easy way, then you’ll be pleased to know that Google has simplified the process of changing your profile picture. No matter whether you’re doing this on a desktop browser, an iPhone, Android, or even Google Classroom, it’s the same procedure.

However, there is one big caveat. You can only change the profile picture if you are in control of the account. If you have a Google Workspace account (formerly known as G Suite), the administrator of the Workspace account controls what image appears. They can however grant permission for you to change the image, so just get in touch with whomever controls the account.

Go to your account page

First, head to your Google account page at https://myaccount.google.com . You may be asked to log in, if you’re not already logged in.

Mouse over your image and click the camera icon

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At the top of the page, you will see your current profile picture. To change it, move your cursor over the image and a camera icon will pop up. Click on it.

Upload your new image

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This will now open a profile picture box showing your current picture. You can completely remove the picture and have nothing – which is not really recommended – or you can change the picture to something else. Make your choice.

Assuming you chose Change, you will be asked if you want to upload an image or use your web camera. Let’s upload one.

Upload and resize your image

This now opens up an image uploader box.

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Click Choose photo to upload and navigate to the picture’s location on your computer. Choose it and it will be uploaded to Google’s servers.

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When your image appears, you will see a dark circle surrounding it. Everything inside that circle is what will appear as your picture. So move the image around with your cursor until you get it looking just right. You can also use the white box to zoom in and crop out any unnecessary parts.

Google claims that it can take “a day or two” for all your Google accounts to be showing the same image. In reality, the changes happen much faster, but if you’re a bit unlucky, you have to wait.

Are there any restrictions on what images I can use for my Google profile photo?

Google doesn’t seem to publicly state any restrictions, but since your picture is your “public face” to the world, it makes sense not to use explicit pictures or anything obviously copyrighted.

What size image should I use for my Google profile picture?

Google recommends that your picture size be 250 pixels by 250 pixels. However, if you choose something larger, Google will scale it down.

If I change my Google profile picture will it change my YouTube profile picture?

Yes it will. Your Google profile picture will change across all Google services that you use.

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