Other people see a different photo than I do when hovering over my name. How can I change this?

I already changed the photo in the settings, and tried the contact list changes. What can I do to solve this problem?

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    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 7:48
  • Hovering over your name where? In chat or in gmail proper? Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 15:27
  • All following answers are not correct. Please follow this: Click on the setting icon on the top right -> choose setting -> General -> My picture
    – Tony TRAN
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 3:16

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This isn't about what others are doing to your account. It's an old bug where when you hover over your name in any email chain an old photo pops up on a little profile card. I just had this problem, here's how I finally fixed it:

  1. Go to [email protected] and click it (top left)

  2. Click account

  3. Click dashboard

  4. Find "Picasa" and click through to see your Picasa account. You will see the old photo in a album called "profile pictures." Just delete or add a new one!

  • I still face the same issue but the above answer doesn't seems working since the UI has been changed. Can you pleas update the answer accordingly?
    – ravi
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 15:11

The thing is, others can add their own photo to any of their contacts. Try it yourself: go to a contact’s details and click on Change Picture. You will be presented with four options: Upload; Your photos; Profile photo; No photo. If you choose anything other than Profile photo, you will see the photo that you set for the respective contact and not the user’s profile one.

So, if this is the case, there is nothing you can do besides asking each of your contacts to change their settings, as described above.

Otherwise, if their setting is to show your profile photo, it could be just a problem of browser cache.

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