How to Change Your Name in Google Classroom

Matthew Thaxter
PD Account Manager / PD Specialist
News on October 13 2020

While many teachers wish to take full advantage of the G Suite for Education app for Google Classroom, there has been a nagging concern for some teachers: “How do I get my name listed as Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss/Dr.?”  

Your Google Classroom is based upon your Google account, and your Google Admins need to give you permission to alter your personal information. However, the Google Admin cannot change your personalized Google information themselves — this is left for the individual teacher to edit.  

When a teacher wishes to alter his/her Classroom name, this will change your information across all of the linked Google account applications. However, please note this will not change your official information in your Google account, just your public-facing profile. 

There are two ways you can change your salutation: 

  1. Directly from Google Classroom 
  2. Using the Google Apps icon

Choose which method you’re going to use, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Option 1: Change your name directly within Google Classroom  

  • While in Google Classroom, click on the Classroom main menu (A.K.A.  the “hamburger” menu made of three parallel lines in the upper left-hand corner).
  • Then click on the Settings gear.
  • Then, click on Manage. 
  • Next, click Personal info. 
  • Now click on the right-facing chevron next to your name. You will most likely have to sign in again for security purposes.
  • Change your first name to the salutation of your choice and then click Save.

Option #2: Change your name from the Google app icon 

  • Open a new Google search page.
  • Click on your avatar/icon that represents your profile.
  • Then, click on Manage Your Google Account.
  • Click Personal Info, and then click on the right-facing chevron next to your name. You will most likely have to sign in again for security purposes.
  • Change your first name to the salutation of your choice and then click Save.

That’s it! That’s just how easy it is to rename yourself in the Google world. Just make sure you have permission from the Google admins to complete these steps. 


Need more neat ideas and tricks for your Google experiences in your learning environments? Be sure to visit OTIS for educators for more information, skills, and learning content. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at training@teq.com or OTIS@teq.com.