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How do I change the color of my letter avatar?

Currently, my letter avatar is purple with a white C on it.

I would like to change it to a different color to make it easier to distinguish me from my fellow purple teammates.

How do I do that?

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Hello @Chris,

Thank you for reaching out to Atlassian Community!

The color for avatars is chosen based on an algorithm and it's not possible to change that. There was a feature suggesting that, but it was closed since it's possible to upload your own avatar.

Many thanks for this Suggestion, however this is not something we plan to add to JIRA Agile at this time.

The colour is chosen based on an algorithm using the name, unfortunately in this case the same result is occurring. It may be that this is remedied in the future if the colour palette is extended but we will not be changing this automatic avatar type to have a manual override.

As a workaround, you can generate your own avatar with your initials.

I found the websites below where you can create the avatar and choose the color you prefer: 



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Hope this helps!


Yes, this helps!

The second website generates avatars that are very similar to the ones from Jira, unfortunately it is a CSS generation that can't be saved as an image.

But maybe I can customize the first one, or google other external tools. Thank you!

Like Angélica Luz likes this

In case anyone else wants to change their avatar, it seems the default font used for the Jira Avatars is Open Sans Semi Bold :-)

I ended up doing it via Photoshop

Like Angélica Luz likes this
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Hello @Chris ,

Account details like your avatar, email address, and password are managed through your Atlassian account.


I am aware of that page, and it does have the option to upload a new avatar. 

But my question is how can I change the color of the default avatar (Jira seems to create one automatically for a new user using a random colored background and their initials), without uploading anything 🙂

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