How to Change Your Name in Zoom

Since Zoom is primarily a business conferencing app, users generally use their names as-is. But the name information might not be accurate sometimes, and the participants are free to make changes.

With this in mind, you can change the display name on your profile before entering a meeting. And there is also an option to do it post factum – while you’re in a specific Zoom Room. The important thing is that any meeting participant can change the name without host privileges.

Changing the Profile Name Before a Meeting

You can change the display name via the Zoom web portal, the desktop app, and the mobile app. But there is one peculiar thing.

The action to update the name settings within the desktop app takes you to the web portal. This is why the article merges the two methods together and why there’s a separate guide for the mobile app.

Web Portal/Desktop App

Step 1

Go to zoom.us and sign into your account, then click on My Profile. If you’re using the desktop app, click on the gear icon under your profile image to access the settings menu.

Zoom Change Name

Now, you need to click on “Edit My Profile” and you’ll be directed to “My Profile” within Zoom web client.

Step 2

Click on “Edit” next to your name and Zoom brings out quite a comprehensive menu to update the data. To change the name, select the corresponding box and type in the desired name.

Change Name

This is also the place to set your phone number, update the job title, company, as well as department. And you can also include the current location.

The interesting thing is that Zoom doesn’t seem to use any geotagging algorithm. But this is no surprise given the nature and scope of the app.

Mobile App

Step 1

Hit the Zoom icon on your smartphone to launch the app and select Settings at the bottom right of the screen.

Zoom How to Change Name settings

Tap on your current name to open the editing menu, then choose Display Name in the following window.

Step 2

Now, it’s only a matter of tapping on the name and surname and changing it to whatever you prefer. There’s also an x icon next to the name and surname to quickly delete the settings. This is a minor thing, but it really helps avoid relentless backspacing or trying to select full text on a small screen.

Zoom How to Change Name display name

Once done, hit Save in the upper right corner of the screen and your name will be updated. The action syncs across all your devices that feature Zoom with the same account.

Changing the Name Inside a Zoom Room

When in a particular room, you or any other participant can change the display name. As indicated, you don’t need administrative or host privileges to do this. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1

Click on the Participants icon at the bottom of the Zoom Room window. This will take you to a meeting menu featuring the topic, host, invitation, and participant information.

There are also clickable thumbnails to Share Screen, Join Audio, or Invite Others. And a Participants pop-up automatically appears allowing for more actions.

Step 2

The bottom part of the Participants pop-up features two options – Raise Hand and Rename. Click on Rename to update your in-room display name.

Zoom How to Change Name rename

There is another pop-up and you’re required to type your preferred name in the “Enter New Name” box. Once you’re done click OK and your new name should appear within the app.

The same pop-up features the “Remember my name for future meetings” option. Feel free to check the box in front of it to save the settings.

Other Zoom Customizations

After you change your name, you might want to update your profile picture. This is one of the simplest things to do and it’s the same no matter how you access Zoom.

Navigate to Settings from your profile page, select the image, and hit “Change” or “Change Image” under the current avatar. Then, you’ll be taken to your local disc to select the image.

On a side note, there are no rules for Zoom profile pictures. But it would be best to use a professional-looking photo, similar to the one you’re using on LinkedIn, for example.

There are also options to change Personal Meeting ID and Personal Link. To change the former, select “Edit” and type the ID you’d like to use. For Personal Link, you click on Customize to make changes, and this option is available on Education and Business accounts.

You can also edit the Date and Time to reflect your current location. And “Calendar and Contacts Integration” option allows you to connect more than a few productivity apps to your Zoom account.

Hello, My Name Is…

If you’re using Zoom for personal communication, feel free to be creative with your name. But for business purposes, it’s best to stick to your given name. This is unless you’re a marketing guru with a super-catchy alias everybody knows about.

Have you ever considered using a name other than your own on Zoom? What kind of profile picture did you upload, if any? Don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below and share your experiences.

5 thoughts on “How to Change Your Name in Zoom”

Avatar 600009001-BPR CITRA LADON RAHARJA says:
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Avatar geeta says:
Hi! I followed the steps for editing name. I have hit save too after that. I use 2 devices simultaneously for a recurring meeting one my laptop and one mobile. Some days my name shows on chats and some days as a number. My status changes to do not disturb by itself and i have to keep changing it to available. What can i do to solve these issues.
Avatar geeta says:
Hi. I join a recurring zoom meeting every morning by clicking a link provided. I enter directly into the meeting where the host has put our video and audios off we can only chat by text. i use my lap top and phone simultaneously. My question is why does my name show as a number and not my name. What can i do to rectify this.
Thanks
Avatar Susan B says:
I’ve opened a new basic Zoom account and have set my display name to be “Susan B” on both my mobile app and my desktop app. However, when I join a Zoom meeting as a participant, it displays my full name–ie, including complete last name. I know how to change my display name AFTER I’ve joined a Zoom call, but can you recommend a method to change my display name BEFORE the call and save it permanently? Thank you!
Avatar Munji says:
Hi there,
How can I edit my contacts.. Sometimes my contacts use funny names can I in this case edit their names so that I can easily recognize/identify them?
Also if I need to add special notes to a given contact, how can I do that?
Furhermore I would like to be able to organize my contacts under different categories such as Family, Friends, colleagues, …
Thank you.

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