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Google displays your profile picture across all its products. If you’d rather keep your photo private, you can remove the picture from your profile. We’ll show you how to do that for your Google account.

We’ll also show you how to remove the picture from Google’s archive so that it’s no longer accessible at all.

Keep in mind that Google’s mobile app doesn’t offer the option to remove the profile picture. So, you will have to use a web browser on your Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook, iPhone, iPad, or Android device to perform the picture removal process.

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How to Delete a Google Profile Picture

If you’re ready, start by opening a web browser on your device and accessing the Google Account site. There, log in to your Google account if you haven’t already.

On the Google Account site, from the sidebar to the left, choose “Personal Info.”

Click "Personal Info" on the Google Account site.

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On the “Personal Info” page, you will see a “Basic Info” section. Here, click “Photo.”

Select "Photo" on the "Personal Info" page of the Google Account site.

A large version of your current profile picture will open. At the bottom of this picture window, click “Remove.”

Tip: If you’d like to change and not remove your profile picture, click “Change” instead.

Click "Remove" in the profile picture window on the Google Account site.

A prompt will open asking if you’re sure you want to remove it. Here, click “Remove” to confirm your choice.

Click "Remove" in the "Remove Profile Picture" prompt on the Google Account site.

Google will display a confirmation message saying it will remove your profile picture from across its products in a day or two. Close this box by clicking “Got It.”

Click "Got It" to close the profile picture removal success message box on the Google Account site.

Back on the “Personal Info” screen, you will notice your profile picture is gone. Only the initial of your name is now there.

Profile pictured removed on the Google Account site.

And that’s how you get rid of your picture from your Google account.

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Bonus Tip: Delete the Profile Picture From Google Archives

Even if you delete a profile picture, Google keeps a copy of that image to help you reuse it in the future.

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If you’d like to remove the picture from this copy archive, too, then access the Google Account site, click “Personal Info,” and select “Photo.” In the picture window that opens, at the top-right corner, click the three dots and choose “Past Profile Pictures.”

Click the three dots and choose "Past Profile Pictures" on the Google Account site.

A “Profile Photos” screen will open. Here, click the “Profile Photos” album. Select the photo to delete. On the photo’s full-screen page, in the top-right corner, click the three dots, and choose “Delete Photo.”

Click the three dots and select "Delete Photo" on the Google Account site.

In the “Delete This Photo” box, click “Delete” to confirm your action.

Select "Delete" in the "Delete This Photo" prompt on the Google Account site.

And Google will remove your selected profile picture from its archive as well.


Did you know you can change your account picture on your Windows 10 PC, too?

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