As a bulk sender, is there a way to make Gmail show my avatar?

enter image description here

I would like to obtain this without creating a Google Account.

Maybe embedding my vCard? Or maybe embedding some json-ld markup?

  • 1
    Just an observation... The avatar the receiver sees either appears to come from the receivers own (Google) address book, or from the senders Google+ profile. HOWEVER, there is one (only one) email I do receive regularly (it is sent directly to my email address) that does include an avatar and the sender is not in my address book nor is it from a Gmail address. The avatar does not appear to be embedded in the email. So, it's not obvious where this image is coming from. It might still be coming from their Google+ profile, which is linked to from their website?
    – MrWhite
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 10:39
  • 1
    In fact, examining the Gmail UI, it does appear this avatar is being linked from Google+. So, it would seem a Google Account probably is necessary.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 10:45
  • Why would creating a Google account be problematic? Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 15:16

1 Answer 1


The avatar is powered both through the recipients own address book as well as through Google+ This works by making sure your Google+ email and domain name match the sender email address that the gmail recipient sees and that you have a default avatar defined for your Google+ profile. When this is done then you should see that the avatar is in the recipients gmail inbox.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.