A solution that works is to:
Use the page information feature of your browser to examine the images on the Google Search page and locate your profile image. For Firefox this is right click -> page info -> media tab
The URL will be something like
https://[a google server]/[an internal id specific to you]/[lots of gibberish]/photo.jpg
Add a filter into ...
Look for and download a generic profile image and set it as your profile picture. No one will ever tell the difference.
Here's an example through Google Image search:
This is not my photo. I searched "default google profile photo" and clicked "Similar" on a photo then on another in those results and got it.
Depending on the size of the image you grab, it ...
Google unified the account management system for almost all their products. One of the results of this integration is that the top bar has the same buttons on the top right corner, including the profile photo.
The current profile photo and the old ones could be seen on a "system" album called "Profile photos" which could be found in the Photos tab of Google+...
To remove/disassociate the photo on your Google Account Profile:
when you are signed into a Google service and click your avatar/photo in a Google service, click the Google + Profile link from the dropdown menu that appears.
Then click the "Edit Profile" button that appears.
In the popup window, rather than clicking the photo, click the "i" information icon ...
From Gmail Help:
Click the gear in the top right.
From the My picture section, click Select a picture. The Upload a picture window will appear.
Upload a new photo from your computer, or select a photo from Picasa Web Albums or your previous Google profile photos.
A box will appear over your photo, selecting part of it. Drag ...
Editing your profile name in Google+ will change your name in all the
Google products you use for this account.
Go to your Google+ profile page
Click on your name
Change your name
More on create or change your Google+ profile name
The "Account upgrade" screen is something that Google+ put onto accounts about a year ago. It is asking if you wish to upgrade from the old Google+ screen layout to the new layout.
To paraphrase, it is not asking "Do you wish to have a Google+ account?", just "Do you want the new display for your existing Google+ account?".
Go past that screen, look at ...
Google doesn't offer to change the order of the name. Google offer to add a nickname or other name to your Google+ profile. In this you can put your name in any order.
Or alternate is write your last name in first name and first name in last name section. Changing your name on Google+ will also change it in other Google products, like YouTube and Google ...
You cannot hinder or remove followers, but if you never post anything to them, they will never see anything.
The only things they will ever see is what you post public, and what you post explicitly to them.
They have no different standing than anyone else in the world, it just would give them a ping if you post something to them.
So you shouldn't worry ...
As of 2017, Google plus removed the option to easily go back to the classic system. To see or delete your archived photos;
Go to your Google+ Profile
Click "about me" (https://aboutme.google.com)
Scroll down to see your Album Archive
Click "See all" to download or delete your old photos from different Google apps
Presumably by using the "Display name as..." option where you create the nickname.
Unfortunately, Google doesn't give you that option. If you give yourself a nickname, you can display your name as
John "Johnny Five" Doe
John Doe (Johnny Five)
There is no option to just display "Johnny Five".
The other option is to change your actual display name,...
The file upload question requires that the respondent is signed in by using a Google account.
The method mentioned by Anson W Han seems to no longer work as the button has disappeared. But the following method worked for me:
Go to https://get.google.com/albumarchive/ to find all your albums stored on Google.
Go into the album called "Profile Photos"
Delete the profile photo that is currently in effect, or perhaps all of them (you may need to click ...
Google Drive and the Google Docs Editors apps (Documents, Drawings, Sheets and Slides) use the First Name and Last Name set for the Google account as the display name.
The Google Account settings page have a first name and a last name fields for accounts without a Google+ profile. To edit the first name and last name go to http://myaccount.google.com, then ...
Open the Mail Settings dialogue. (Click the blue Gear Icon at the top right of the Gmail window, then click Mail Settings on the drop-down. If you still don't have a Gear icon, click the word Settings near the top right of the Gmail window.)
On the General tab, find My Picture. You can choose to enable either "Visible to everyone" or "Visible only to ...