iOS 9 added a new feature to your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 6S model where a contact’s photo is shown to the left of a conversation in the Messages app. But if you do not use photos for your contacts, or consider this option to be unnecessary or unwanted, then you might be looking for a way to remove it and simplify the screen in the Messages app.
Our guide below will show you how to find the setting for the contact photos so that you can turn it off. The conversations window in the Messages app will then only show a contact name, a preview of the conversation, and the date or time of the last message.
Remove Contact Photos from Messages in iOS 9
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.1. The contact photos in the Messages app are only available on the iPhone 6 and newer models. If you would like to keep the contact photos, but are only seeing a blank silhouette, then learn how to add a picture to a contact on an iPhone.
- Open the Settings menu.
- Scroll down and select the Messages option.
- Tap the button to the right of Show Contact Photos to turn it off. The option is turned off when there is no green shading around the button, and the button is in the left position. The setting is turned off in the picture below.
Now when you go back and open the Messages app, the contact picture to the left of the contact name should be gone, which can really help to reduce the clutter on this screen.
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