How to change name on Google Meet
17 Jun 2022 - Corey Pollock
By default Google will use your Gmail account name as your name on Google Meet. This is often what you want to use as your preferred name in Google Meet, but sometimes there may be situations where you want to change your name on Google Meet. In this post we'll walk you through the two main ways of how to change your name on Google Meet...
Why change your name on Google Meet?
There could be a lot of reasons why you may want to change your name in a Google Meet, but here are some of the top reasosn people ask how to change display name on Google Meet:
- You are using a company Google Meet account, and instead of using the company name you'd like to use your real name as your display name on Google Meet
- For anonymity you want to hide your last name from appearing in a Google Meet
- You are playing a prank on someone and want to change your name to someone else
How to change your name on Google Meet
There are two key ways to change your name on Google Meet, one way is to change your name from within your Gmail account, and the other is by simpler joining the Google Meet from a different incognito browser window. Lets walk through both of these options:
How to change name on Google Meet using your Gmail settings
You can update your name on Google Meet by changing your name settings from withing Gmail. But keep in mind that by changing your name here, it will also change how your name is displayed when you send emails to people via Gmail.
To change your name in Gmail simply open Gmail in a new browser tab, click your profile icon in the top right hand corner, and then select 'Manage your Google Account'.
From there, select the 'Personal info' menu option from the left hand side. Here you will now see your 'Basic info' which includes your name. This is the name that Google Meet uses as your display name. Click the name field, and then select the edit button to edit your name.
Once your name is edited here, it will automatically be updated as your name on Google Meet. You can come back to your Gmail settings at any time and change it back to what you had previously.
If you prefer to not change your name settings in Gmail, we have an even easier way to change your name on Google Meet using and incognito browser. Read on to learn how!
How to change name on Google Meet using an incognito browser
A much simpler, and lesser known way to change your name on Google Meet is by using an incognito browser. By opening and joining a Google Meet via an incognito browser, Google will prompt you to provide a name to be used within the Meet. This allows you to set your name to whatever you want, without having to update your Gmail name settings!
To open an incognito browser you can simply press 'cmd/cntrl + shift + n' or simply in your tool bar go to File, and click 'New incognito window'. Once the incognito window is open simply paste the Google Meet URL you would like to join into the URL bar and hit enter.
At this point you may be prompted to allow access to your camera and microphone – this is common as Google doesn't recognize you or your settings within an incognito browser. You can simply hit allow for these prompts.
You will now see an input field on the right side of your screen which is prompting you to enter a name to join the Meet. This is your opportunity to change your name on Google Meet to anything you want. Simply enter text here and select the 'Ask to join' button. Once someone lets you into the Meet, your name on Google Meet will be set to whatever you entered on the previous screen.
Summing up how to change name on Google Meet
So there you have it, two very easy ways on how to change your name on Google Meet. One of them uses your Gmail settings to change your name across Google Meet and all other Google properties where you use the same Gmail account, and the other is a very simple approach that leverages the incognito browser window to set any name you like.
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