How To Modify Your Display Name Shown to Others in Zoom Video Calls

Zoom has become an essential video conferencing tool for both personal and professional use. One important customization option is your display name – the name shown to other participants when you join Zoom meetings or webinars. Here’s a detailed guide on how to change your Zoom display name.

Why Change Your Zoom Display Name

There are several reasons you may want to update the display name shown to others on Zoom:

  • Separate personal and professional identities – You likely use Zoom for different purposes and want to represent yourself accordingly with an appropriate name.
  • Fix display issues – Sometimes Zoom may not show your full name or show an odd display name based on your login details.
  • Add unique identifiers – Tweak your name to stand out or add details like company name or job title. This can aid networking in large Zoom sessions.

So whether you want to project more professionalism or avoid embarrassment from an odd truncated name, it’s good practice to set your ideal display name.

How to Change Zoom Display Name

Fortunately, Zoom makes it easy to update the name displayed to other participants in meetings and webinars. Here are the steps:

On Zoom Website

  1. Sign in to Zoom
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top right
  3. Click Edit next to your display name
  4. Enter new display name
  5. Scroll down and click Save Changes

On Zoom Desktop App

  1. Open the Zoom desktop app
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top right
  3. Click Edit next to your display name
  4. Enter new display name
  5. Click the X to save changes

On Mobile App

  1. Open Zoom mobile app
  2. Tap on More (3 dots at bottom right)
  3. Tap on your profile picture
  4. Tap on Display Name
  5. Enter new display name
  6. Tap Save

Changing Name Mid-Meeting

Don’t worry if you forget to update your display name before joining a meeting. Zoom allows you to change it on the fly as well.

On Desktop

  1. Click Participants at the bottom
  2. Hover over your name and click Rename
  3. Enter new display name
  4. Click OK

On Mobile

  1. Tap Participants at top right
  2. Tap your display name under Participants
  3. Tap Rename
  4. Enter new display name
  5. Tap the check mark to save

Additional Display Name Tips

  • Double check the spelling and formatting before meetings
  • Be consistent with capitalization
  • Add name prefixes or suffixes
  • Include professional designations
  • Use easy to pronounce names

Following these best practices for your display name will ensure you put your best foot forward on Zoom calls. Take a minute to update it on all platforms and save yourself potential embarrassment or confusion in meetings.