How to Hide Your Google Profile

| October 10, 2010 | 3 Comments

Since April 2009, when you search for an individual on Google, relevant Google Profiles will be included at the bottom of the results. For example, if you searched for Phil Jones, you would see the following results:

Phil Jones Search Results

"Phil Jones" search results on Google

As long as you’re Phil Jones and you’re comfortable with everyone being able to see the information you provide online, this is a great feature. However, for the more private individuals among us, I will show you how to disable your Google Profile from being included in search results.

  1. Go to Google Accounts
  2. Click on the “Edit Profile” link located under your name
  3. Edit your first and last name (note: I have removed my last name)
  4. Uncheck the “Display my full name so I can be found in search (also required to use Google Buzz and Latitude)” box
  5. Uncheck the other boxes based on your preferences
  6. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page

If you would like to eliminate any chance of the profile ever making a revival in the future, there is also a “Delete Profile” option on this page. This option will completely disable any usage of Google Buzz and possibly some other services, so use at your own discretion. After making the changes described above, Google will present you with the following banner to convince you that you should really make your profile public.

Google Full Name Banner

Google Profiles - Suggestion to use full name

Congratulations, you have now removed your Google Profile from search results a regained a shred of privacy.

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  1. Silvinamontes says:

    Thanks for your help.
    But I can’t leave my surname in blank.
    Any trick to do this? Maybe an space made with ALT + something?

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for visiting ModernSaver. I’m not sure why the webpage isn’t letting you make your surname blank because that’s exactly what I did. If you cannot make it blank, maybe the best alternative would be to change your surname to a single initial or a misspelling of your surname.
    I suppose it all depends on where your profile name will appear. If you are using Google Buzz or other services that show the profile, then maybe you would want the name to still be accurate. As for me, I only use Google Mail, and there are no consequences of changing your profile name because GMail allows you to change how your name appears on sent emails.

    I hope that helps!

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