Change or Delete Your Google Profile Photo


As time goes by it is a nice change of pace to update your online profile photos. Most sites make this a simple process: log in, delete your current photo, upload a new photo, and save. Voilà, your profile photo is updated for your account.

Gravatar is a service that with one change on their site, can update many of your online profiles photos. The service is based on your email address and is owned by Automattic who produces WordPress.

In my opinion it is more difficult that necessary to remove old photos from a Google account. I love Gmail and it is a simple process to upload a new photo. The difficulty is when you want to remove old photos. I searched for help and most articles referenced Google Photos or Google+, neither of which I use. Eventually I found some information on Quora that contained an answer. But it took a while to search and find and answer so I wrote this blog post to document the procedure.

Change Your Google Profile Photo

So you have that great new selfie you want to use on your Gmail account. Cool, that change is made in a few clicks. And after approximately 30 minutes, the photo will display throughout your Google account’s various services.

To update the photo in your Google profile:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. In the top, right corner click your photo.
  3. A popup screen appears with your photo that displays Change. Click the photo.
  4. Upload a new photo with one of these options:
    • Use the drag-and-drop feature.
    • Click the button labeled Select a phone from your computer.
  5. Use the photo editor to resize or crop the photo.
  6. Click the button labeled Set as profile photo.

Delete Unneeded Google Profile Photos

Google provides 15GB of storage space so a few pictures in your account will not be an issue. But if you have pictures you never want to use again for your profile, it is a good idea to remove them.

To remove a photo from your Google profile:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. In the top, right corner click your photo.
  3. Click the button labeled Google Account which opens the Google Account page.
  4. In the section Personal info & privacy click Your personal info.
  5. On the right side of the page click About me.
  6. The Google About me page displays Your album archive. Click See all.
  7. Your Album Archive page is displayed. Click on the album named Profile photos.
  8. On the Profile photos page, click on the album which will list the number of photos.
  9. To delete a photo, click it and do the following:
    1. On the top, right of the page click the vertical ellipsis (⁝).
    2. Click Delete photo then to confirm click Delete.


A Google profile photo should be easy to change. I hope this blog post will save you time to delete unneeded Google profile photos.

Information Sources
Quora: How to remove Gmail Profile picture?