Yes, it?s true. You can have a GIF as your Gmail profile picture. Check it out below on an automated email I got from Canva.
I thought to myself? I need to have this.
There wasn?t a whole lot of info out there on how to do it ?so I put together this guide. Enjoy.
Option 1 ~ Gmail (eg. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 1: Get your GIF
Great starting points: Giphy.com or Gfycat.com
Step 2: Visit myaccount.google.com
Which should look like this page.
Navigate to your Google My Account page, load the account that you want to change.
Step 3: Click your Profile Picture
Click either of these locations to update your Profile Picture.
Step 4: Upload your GIF ?
Then simply upload your new GIF profile picture !
Boom. Done. That easy.
However, if you have a G Suite email account ? then you?ll have to refer to my Option 2 instructions below.
For those that don?t know, a G Suite email account looks, feels and tastes exactly like a standard Gmail account, with the exception that your email address is not email@example.com, but rather firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2 ~ G Suite Email Account (eg. email@example.com)
Using a G Suite Email Account, you will likely see this error message when you try to edit your profile picture.
In the Option 2 instructions below, I?ll show you how to fix that problem.
Step 1: Visit admin.google.com (or contact your G Suite Administrator to visit admin.google.com)
If you do not have access to your admin.google.com account, then you?ll have to pass these instructions to someone that does have admin access.
Step 2: Navigate to ?Directory Settings?
Use the search bar to find ?Directory Settings?
Step 3: Click Profile Editing
Navigate to the Profile Editing section.
Step 4: Tick the Profile Photo option -> Click Save
Tick the Photo option in Profile editing. Then click Save.
Step 5: Visit myaccount.google.com and upload your GIF !
You should now have a GIF as your profile picture! Enjoy.
Note: It may take a few hours for your account to update with your uploaded GIF.