How To Change From Anonymous In Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful tool that allows multiple users to collaborate on a document. While collaborating, you may notice that some users appear as ‘Anonymous Animals’ instead of their actual names. This is a feature designed to protect privacy, especially when the document is shared with link access. However, at times, you might want to display your name instead of staying anonymous. This blog post will guide you on how to change from anonymous to using your name in Google Docs.

Why Do You Appear as Anonymous in Google Docs?

Firstly, it’s important to understand why you might be appearing as anonymous. Google Docs assigns an ‘Anonymous Animal’ icon to users in the following scenarios:

  • You’re not signed into your Google account while viewing a shared document.
  • The document is shared with ‘anyone with the link can view’ settings.
  • Your actual Google account name is hidden to ensure privacy.

How to Stop Being Anonymous in Google Docs?

Step 1: Sign In to Your Google Account

The first step to stop appearing as anonymous is to make sure you’re signed into your Google account. You can do this by going to Google’s homepage and clicking on Sign In at the top right corner.

Step 2: Check the Document’s Sharing Settings

If the document is shared with ‘anyone with the link can view’ settings, Google Docs will not display your name even if you’re signed in. To change this, the document owner needs to alter the sharing settings to ‘anyone with the link can edit’.

Step 3: Reopen The Document

After following the above steps, close the document and reopen it. Now, you should no longer appear as an anonymous user.


Google Docs’ anonymous feature is designed to protect users’ privacy. However, if you prefer to display your name, follow the steps above. Keep in mind that your name will be visible to all the other collaborators. Prioritize your privacy and use these features wisely.


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