How to Change your Google Profile Picture

A compelling profile picture is a great way to make a good first impression online. In this article, I'm sharing how to change your Google profile picture.

How to Change your Google Profile Picture

When was the last time you changed your profile picture for Google? If it's been a while and you're feeling lost, you're not alone. Keeping profiles updated for multiple platforms is difficult, but this one is definitely worth maintaining.

Every email and virtual call on Google Meet is recognizable by your profile picture. Without it, all anyone sees is a solid color circle with your first initial. That's not appealing to see in any inbox. It takes only a few clicks to swap out the boring default image for a picture that showcases you in the best light!

I'll show you how to change your profile picture for Google and if you photo needs some TLC, I'll cover how to edit it in Kapwing.

Step One: Sign into Gmail

Before we get into the tutorial, consider the purpose behind your account. If it's for work, gather pictures that are professional, but if it's a personal account, feel free to choose a picture that's fun and out of the box! Let's get started.

Sign into your Gmail account then click "personal info." In the section labeled "basic info," click the profile picture icon with a camera and your first initial.

Step Two: Upload a Photo

Drag and drop a photo into the upload box or click "select a profile picture" to upload a picture from your device. You can upload a JPG, GIF, or a PNG and the maximum size is 5 MB. Your picture will automatically be resized and cropped into a circle. You can also click "your photos" to use a picture saved to your account as your profile picture.

Step Three: Save your Picture

From here, you can rotate your picture from left to right and drag the region to crop the area that you want to keep. When you're happy with results, click "set as profile photo" to save the changes. In the past, some users have reported  not seeing an immediate effect take place after saving the changes. If this happens to you, know that it's normal. Sometimes it takes a while for the profile picture to change. I recommend waiting at least 72 hours to see the changes take affect on your account.

How to Edit your Google Profile Picture

If your profile picture needs some fine-tuning before uploading it to Google, head over to Kapwing. Kapwing is a browser-based video editor with tools and features to edit media. It's free to use and can be accessed on any iPhone, Android, PC, or Tablet.

Step One: Upload a Picture to Kapwing

Visit Kapwing, click start editing, and upload a picture. You can upload a JPG, PNG, or GIF from your device or paste a link. Click custom under output size and change the width and height to 250 x 250 pixels.

Step Two: Edit your Picture

Click "adjust" and the brightness, saturation, opacity, and more by dragging the circle from left to right. This is particularly helpful for images taken in poor lighting. Click the "filters" tab to explore the different styles including Sepia, Yosemite, and Hockaday.

If your background is too busy or you simply want something new, click "erase" and use the magic wand to select the background, then click delete on your keyboard to remove it. The erase brush is great for smaller areas.

You can upload a new background from your computer, paste an image URL, or use the image search feature to find a photo. With your new background selected, click background so your picture is front and center. I added a floral background to have spring vibes all year round!

Step Three: Export and Download

When you're finished, click export image at the top and download it to save it to your device. You can create a free Kapwing account to remove the watermark and store your picture for up to two days.

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