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How to set upperleft corner icon to my Google profile avatar image for Chrome on Ubuntu Linux?

When I use multiple user account in Chrome, there is an icon showing up at the upperleft corner of the Chrome window. Is there a way to set it to the profile avatar image I use in my Google profile?

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This worked for me:

  1. Quit Chrome (ensure you don't have any running).
  2. Go to the Chrome user profile directory ~/.config/google-chrome/).
  3. Put your new avatar png file into the "Default" subdirectory.
  4. Open/edit the "Local State" file in a good text editor.
  5. Find the "profile" section; it resembles this:

       "profile": {
          "info_cache": {
             "Default": {
                "avatar_icon": "chrome://theme/IDR_PROFILE_AVATAR_7",
  6. Ignore the "avatar_icon" line - it's not what you want!

  7. Edit the "Default" profile section and add the following lines (I put them in the right alphabetical order amongst the other lines; I'm not sure whether that matters):

                "gaia_picture_file_name": "your-icon-file-name.png",
                "has_migrated_to_gaia_info": true,
                "use_gaia_picture": true,

  8. Save the "Local State" file.

  9. Start Chrome.

If you want to do this for other profiles, just do the above steps for a different directory besides "Default" (for example, "Profile 1").

I had run Chrome with the --gaia-profile-info switch before I tried the above, so you may need to do that first, but I'm not sure.

You may want to star the Chrome issue 91230 to get a proper UI for this type of thing again.

(I also answered this at How do I access/edit the Chrome user avatar images? on Super User.)

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I don't know about changing it to your Profile picture but, as you already might know, you can change the icon by clicking on it and then clicking "edit".

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I want to change the avatar image to a image on my computer. How? – qazwsx Apr 13 '12 at 16:31

Does Chrome on Ubuntu have a chrome.dll file (or equivalent)?

See How do I access/edit the Chrome user avatar images?

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