How to Hide Your Name on Gmail

By C. Taylor

Changing your display name lets you hide your identity in Gmail.
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You don't always want your real name displayed on emails you send. As an example, you might want to hide your name when sending semi-anonymous feedback or contacting unknown parties. Although your email address will still be visible, this only identifies the Gmail account and not necessarily your true identity. By default, Gmail uses your first and last name on your Google account, but by configuring a "Send Mail As" address, you force Gmail to use whatever pseudonym you choose.

Step 1

Log in to your Gmail account.

Step 2

Click the "Settings" gear icon and select "Settings."

Step 3

Click the "Accounts and Import" tab.

Step 4

Click "Edit Info" next to your email address in the "Send Mail As" section.

Step 5

Click the circle next to the blank field in the Name section and type your preferred display name. You have to enter something in this field, even if it's just a period. If you leave it blank or just enter a space, Gmail reverts back to the name in your Google account.

Step 6

Click "Save Changes" to hide your real name.