A reader is having an issue setting an avatar in Google Messages.

“I would love to know how to put my avatar in Google Messages. I have all my contacts avatars but when I try to find a place to put mine, I can’t find anywhere. I have my picture in Google. I’m just stumped. Do I need to use a different text app?”

I found this a little confusing myself. The trick is that you actually have to set a separate photo for your messages. When you say Google Messages, I will assume you mean Google Hangouts and not the SMS texting app on your phone.

Start by opening Gmail in a browser and clicking on the square of dots at the top right.

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From the apps menu, click on More.

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Then select Hangouts.

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At the top right of the app, click on the camera icon on your profile icon.

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Then upload a photo from your computer or choose from photos stored in Google’s photos app.

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Click on Select a photo and choose from your files or drag and drop the photo.

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Then crop or rotate the image as needed.

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Click Set as profile photo when you are finished.

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Your new profile pic an avatar will be displayed.

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