Update Your Name in Zoom

Environment

Zoom

Issue

How do I change my name in Zoom (Zoom Display Name) permanently?

Resolution

Zoom uses an individual's preferred name from the official university record. For reference, this is the same name that appears at the top of an individual's M-Community profile.

PLEASE NOTE: Preferred name is not the same as primary name. The preferred name, if set, is loaded into Zoom at login. If there is no preferred name set, the name in Zoom is set to the primary name.
If your name at the top of your M-Community profile is set how you want it, but you are not seeing this name in Zoom, please log out of Zoom and back in. 

Set your preferred name in your official university record:

Additional Information

There is not currently a feature in Zoom to allow individual users to change their display name on their account so that it is different than their university preferred name. Some users would like to add their pronouns to the end of their display name in Zoom so they are clear to others during meetings, without changing their university preferred name. U-M has submitted a feature request to Zoom to allow pronouns in display names, but Zoom has not given an estimate on when this change may be made.

In the meantime, there are two possible workarounds:

  1. Change your display name during a Zoom Meeting: click Participants, then hover over your name and click Rename. This must be done in each meeting.
  2. Add your pronouns to the end of your university preferred name: follow the directions above for changing your preferred name in the official university record, and when you change the name, enter your pronouns at the end. Some university systems that use your preferred name may behave unexpectedly if you use a parenthesis and/or a slash. Therefore, we recommend formatting your pronouns like this: "Firstname Lastname - they-them-their" since hyphens are more commonly accepted by technology systems.

Details

Article ID: 746
Created
Mon 4/20/20 8:28 AM
Modified
Fri 7/10/20 3:21 PM