Changing User Profile Picture in WordPress?

By default, WordPress uses Gravatar service to display user’s profile picture. Your profile picture is based on your email address. If you do not have a gravatar account then your profile picture will be replaced with a default image placeholder which is called “Mystery Man”. In this article, we want to show you how to change the default gravatar picture.

  • Visit Gravatar website.
  • Sign in to Gravatar with your account. If you don’t have a account then you need to create one.
  • Upload your avatar (profile picture).

If you want to use something other than Gravatar service then you might want to try some WordPress plugins that allow to change user’s profile picture. Personally, I like Simple Local Avatars plugin. It adds an avatar upload field to user profiles (Settings → Discussion). There are other plugins that you can use to change your avatar. Go to WordPress Plugin Directory and find the plugin you like.

Posted in Tips, WordPress

Taras Dashkevych

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Taras Dashkevych is a founder of Themes Harbor. He specializes in creating simple, elegant, and powerful website designs. His passion for design can be seen through the clean lines and inspired themes that he creates for people all around the world. Connect with him @TarasDashkevych.


  1. That seems worth looking into! But do you mean I can also add other people’s pictures – people who never filled out their gravatar forms?

    I will try it out anyhow.

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