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Profile Settings

The settings you select on your profile page help personalize your 23andMe experience. We also use the information to develop or improve our services to you and to facilitate research. To add to or edit your profile, click on the profile menu in the upper right and select Edit Profile from the dropdown.


What is My Public Profile?

Entering information on your profile page helps us customize your 23andMe experience. You can opt to make some or all of this information available to other members of 23andMe through your public profile. This allows others to get to know you as you participate in the community by asking questions, sharing stories, or commenting on posts by others. It will also allow people to search for you using keywords in your profile such as from family locations, surnames and ancestry.

The following pieces of information can be made visible in your public profile: your name, your sex, your birth year, your birthplace, your current residence, your ancestry information (surnames and family locations), and some words about yourself. Note that zip code information will not be made public even if you choose to make your birthplace or current residence public.

If you make your profile name visible to all 23andMe members, your profile will be searchable by other 23andMe members.

Your public profile is visible only if you participate in the community or if you make your profile searchable.

What does it mean to make my profile searchable?

If you choose to make your profile searchable, other 23andMe users will be able to search for and find your profile. The search results will show the name and picture associated with the profile, but will not show the email address. Once a user finds your profile, they can send an invitation to you to share genomes, which you can either accept or decline.

To make your profile searchable, follow these steps:

1. Click on the profile menu in the upper right and select Edit Profile from the dropdown.

2. On the Edit Profile tab, change the visibility for your profile name under the "Who Can See This" column to "all 23andMe members."

3. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

How is the Personal Information under My Profile used?

Information on your My Profile page can be shared with all 23andMe members, your sharing connections or your matches in DNA Relatives. It allows people to learn more about you and locate you if they are searching for ancestors from a specific location or for a specific surname.

We also use the information you provide on your profile page to personalize your 23andMe experience. For example, if you specify your ancestry on your profile page, then we can automatically display data specific to your ethnicity when available in certain health reports:

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Keep in mind that data specific to your ethnicity will not always be the obvious option. For example, if you mark your ancestry as South or Central Asian, you will still receive Health and Traits reports for Europeans, as individuals from these regions are more similar to Europeans than they are to East Asians.

We also use the information to develop or improve our services to you and to facilitate research.

Information you enter on your My Profile page also allows people to learn more about you and locate you if they are searching for ancestors from a specific location or for a specific surname.

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