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I'd like to make the profile icons in chrome more meaningful.

E.g. a pic of the profile's user, my company's logo for my work profile.

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In my knowledge, there is no way to change the profile icon in Google Chrome. However, you can sync your Google account and it will pull your Google+ profile icon as your chrome profile icon. If you want, you can sync two of your Google accounts having profile pictures you'd like. Currently, that is a work around but I can't put it in answers as it does not specifically answer your question – bioinfoboy Apr 17 '12 at 6:15
I just updated the question to specify I'm referring to Chrome browser, not Chrome OS. I set my browser to sync with no result. I'm assuming you're talking about the OS? Sorry for my omission :-P – Pete Apr 17 '12 at 15:27
Bet to differ. It was possible to put up our own photo as User Icon in Chrome upto 21. From 22 a lot of us are finding it impossible.… – user206283 Mar 12 '13 at 2:46
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This is not possible in current versions of Google Chrome or Chromium.

The Chromium issue tracker has a ticket for adding this feature, which you can follow:

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By the way, this has been an extremely active issue on the chromium page. – Pete Apr 18 '13 at 14:31
Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Issue page and look for the barely noticeable star icon. Click it to vote for the issue. – Chris Moschini May 2 '13 at 16:20
The star is also in the top blue header under the search bar to the far left. – Brandon Feb 27 '14 at 23:48

This worked for me:

  1. Quit Chrome (ensure you don't have any running).
  2. Find the Chrome application directory (e.g., on Windows, it is %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data, on Mac it's ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/).
  3. Put your new avatar png file into the "Default" subdirectory.
  4. 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").

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 had no luck with this method. Version 37.0.2062.124 m on Win7 Pro SP1. – Pete Oct 13 '14 at 17:33

Changing your profile icon is possible with the solution given at with several limitations.


  1. Quit chrome, or kill it with task manager to be sure it's closed.
  2. Open a command prompt or Start Menu->Run
  3. Run the command: chrome --gaia-profile-info


  1. You can only change the primary profile icon with this method, not other profiles.
  2. This method sets your profile icon to match your Google Account profile picture, so you must set your profile picture to the desired icon before-hand.

Hopefully the Chrome team will add proper support for this in the future.

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The following command works on Mac OS 10.7.5:

"/Applications/Google Chrome" --gaia-profile-info
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What this did is it changed the title for my last opened profile to match my Google account including my profile image that replaced the previous icon. These changes persisted after quitting and reopening the browser without the additional option. – Daniel Apr 26 '14 at 9:30

I just found a "non-hacky" way to fix this...

  1. Click on the profile name at the top of the browser window.
  2. Select the profile picture, the chrome settings page will appear with a list of avatars to choose from. Close this.
  3. From the list of profiles, select the one labeled "Current". Note: this only works for the profile currently active.
  4. Click "Edit". Your Google Profile Image should appear at the beginning of the list.
  5. Switch profiles and repeat.

Image Showing Steps

Chrome: Version 47.0.2526.106 m

OS: Windows 10 Pro

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This is just to replace with the Google account image, but is what most people want I guess and is very easy to do.

Tested in Chromium 40.0 and Google Chrome 40.0 in Linux.


set to 'enabled' and restart browser.

  • Then repeat that, and setting to 'disabled', the avatar emoticon is replaced with the Google account image automatically, or that image is available in Settings>People>Edit user.

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This is probably too simple, but it works: I removed the file "Google Profile Picture.png" from my user directory, and put another file with the desired picture with the same name in the same directory. Worked.

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This is at the top level of the profile folder, correct?. I.e., "C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 1\"? I'm not seeing a file named Google Profile Picture.png. I see a "Google Profile.ico" file... – Pete Oct 13 '14 at 17:37

as of now you cannot do so directly or indirectly through something like resource hacker. I changed the profile icons (png pictures) in the Chrome.dll which is a file Google Chrome loads. However, in spite of them changed using resource hacker, my new icons do not show up in the settings section of Google Chrome so don't bother trying.

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