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I changed my Gmail avatar image using:

SettingsGeneralMy pictureChange picture

But it only changed below compose, next to my green available dot and at the top left of each email I send. My old avatar image is still used if I hover my name at the top of an email or if I hover over my new avatar image next to my green available dot.

Edit: I tried clearing my cache and I tried different browsers but neither works.

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I had the same problem, I had to go into my gmail contacts and delete all the entries for myself. After I did that, voila all fixed. To get to contacts, select the GMAIL button the on top left and a drop down will appear where you can select Contacts. Make sure and remove the contact entries for yourself under "My Contacts" and "Other Contacts".

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I had the same issue. When anything would "detect" my picture, it was coming from my card in Google contacts. I would suggest searching for the specific e-mail address (not a name), and just changing the picture on the contact page, rather than deleting the contact entirely. – iynque Nov 4 '14 at 18:20

After searching high and low here is what worked for me:

  • Go to youtube.com
  • Click on your avatar in the top right corner
  • Click the photo to the left of your email address
  • Click the change photo link
  • Select a photo from your computer
  • Click set as profile photo
  • Hold down Ctrl and F5 and the same time (this should update the photo to the right of your email address)

You are done. You do not need to click the Upgrade button.

Go back to Gmail. Do a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) and the correct photo should be displayed.

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I found my lingering avatar on blogger.com. That was a tough find since I haven't used that in years. – spstanley Sep 30 '15 at 21:25
oh my god, this had been plaguing me for years. thank you thank you thank you! – Neil Sarkar 2 days ago

Conversely, you can just update your own avatar image from the contact list without deleting your own email address from the contacts list!

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I searched and searched for an answer to this very question. Unfortunately, I always found the same answer, and my avatar never changed. But I finally found a way to change it. How does one do this? After changing the avatar in the Settings, remember to clear the browser cache! It's a step so simple and obvious that no one even bothers to mention it.

You can only guess how silly I felt after doing this... especially since my responsibilities at work place me in the center of the software development team.

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The OP says he has already cleared the browser cache. – Vidar S. Ramdal Mar 5 '14 at 8:33

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