Customize Your Character

First Time in Gather

When you first visit a Gather Space, you get to choose your avatar, the digital character that represents you in the Space. 

A screenshot of the character picker shows a tan body with short green hair wearing a green tshirt and red pants. The Accessories tab of the picker is active, with Hat options in black displaying. Back and Next Step buttons display at the bottom of the picker.The first step when you enter a Gather Space is choosing your avatar. Select options for your body, clothing, and accessories to create the perfect digital character that represents you!  When you've picked the perfect details for your body, clothing, and accessories, select Next Step. Enter a name for your character. 

A screenshot of the Name your character page displays. A person wearing a blue tshirt, grey pants, and a blue baseball hat displays as a preview. Beneath the title, Name your character, the instructions say, Enter a name for your character, then select Finish.

Note: The character you design and name you enter is tied to the Space. This means you can have a different name and character for every Space that you enter. You can always change your name and character at any time, for any Space. You can also set your default character from your homepage.

When you're satisfied with your character and name, select Finish. The Check Your Hair screen (as we call it) displays with a preview of your character and a preview of your video feed, with the input/output options for your camera, mic, and speakers. When you're ready to continue, select Join the Gathering.

a view of the Check Your Hair Screen. At the top left, the heading The "Check Your Hair" screen shows a preview of your character and name, as well as a preview of your video feed. Here you select your camera, mic, and speaker options. When you're ready, select Join the Gathering

Warning: You must grant permission for Gather to use your camera and mic in the browser. Read more about Browser Settings.

Edit Character & Name

When you return to Gather or visit other Gather Spaces, you can change your name and character in three different places: 

  • Your Gather homepage (
  • The Check Your Hair screen when you first enter a Space
  • The Bottom Bar when you are in a Space

Gather Homepage

If you have an account, you can manage your default character in the Top Nav Menu of your Gather homepage. Select your name in the Top Nav Menu. Select the pencil icon to quickly edit your name, or select Edit Character to customize your avatar.

A view of the Gather home page, which displays six previews of Gather Spaces. In the Top Nav Menu, the name Riley is outlined in red, and the drop-down menu is open. A red arrow points to the pencil icon next to the name Riley, and another red arrow points to Edit Character in the menu.From your Gather homepage, select your name in the Top Nav Menu to edit your default name or avatar.

Note: The name and the avatar that you select from your homepage will display by default to any new Space you enter. (If you enter a Space you've been in previously, your name and character default to what you had the last time you were in the Space.) 

Check Your Hair Screen

Any time you enter a new Space, you have the opportunity to edit your name and character from the Check Your Hair screen (see screenshot above). Just select the Edit Character button.

Bottom Bar

You can also change your name and character when you're in the Space. In the Bottom Bar, select your character to open the Character Picker and change your avatar.  

A screenshot of the medium game space template. The Bottom Bar is outlined in red,and red arrows point to the character preview and character name and status. You can change your character, name, and status from the Bottom Bar.

To change your name or status, select your name in the Bottom Bar. The Bottom Menu opens. Select Edit to change your name. 

A screenshot of the game room template displays, with the Bottom Action Menu open. A red box outlines the word From the Bottom Bar, select your name. To update your name, select Edit.

You can also return to the character picker by selecting Customize. If you're satisfied with your name and character, select Finish. Your changes are saved. 

A screenshot of the game template with the Name your character window open. A preview of the character displays, followed by the heading Edit your name. If you want to modify your character, select Customize. When satisfied, select Finish. Your changes are saved.

Warning: If you are a guest in a Space that is using a guest list, you may not be able to change your name. Contact the Space Owner or event host and ask them to change or remove your name from the guest list file so that you can control your name.

Edit Status

You can set a status while in Gather. Just select your name in the Bottom Bar of your Space. Enter text in the Status field in the Bottom Menu

A view of the Bottom Menu with a red outline around the status text field. Placeholder text reads To add a status, select your name in the Bottom Bar.  Enter text  for your status. You can select the smiley face to add an emoji!

Your Status displays in the Bottom Bar and in the Participants panel. To clear your status, select the x in the Status field of the Bottom Menu.

Your status displays in the Bottom Bar and in the Participants panel. Just select the to clear your status.

Tip: Using a status can be a helpful way to provide an update about what you're doing (e.g., Out to lunch, walking the dog, contemplating life) or what your role is in the Space (e.g., Event Staff, Product Owner, High Priestess of Jank). If your Space has an integrated calendar, your status will also show if you're in a meeting!