Your iPhone has a setting where it can automatically provide your contacts with your name and picture.
This is a fun and interesting feature for some people, and you might enjoy sharing that information with your friends and family.
But if a lot of your communication is more serious or professional, then you might like to disable that setting.
The steps in this article are going to show you how to turn off the option to share your name and photo through the Messages app on your iPhone.
How to Disable iPhone Photo and Name Sharing
- Open the Settings menu.
- Scroll down and choose Messages.
- Touch the Share Name and Photo button.
- Tap the button to the right of Name and Photo Sharing to turn it off.
One of the newer features to be added to the iPhone is the ability to share your name and photo with iMessage users.
If the feature is currently enabled on your device, then you probably created and customized a cartoon image of yourself at some point, and there should be a gray bar that appears at the top of your iMessage conversations prompting you to share your name and photo.
However, if this is something that you don’t like or you aren’t using, then you may be looking for a way to turn it off.
Our guide below is going to show you how to turn off name and photo sharing on an iPhone 11 so that the gray prompt at the top of the conversation window goes away.
You may also be interested in learning how to change Bluetooth name on iPhone if you would like other devices to see your iPhone with a different name.
How to Turn Off Name and Photo Sharing for iPhone Messages (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.4. Note that this feature was added around iOS 13, so you won’t have it if you are using an older version of iOS.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Messages button.
Step 3: Select the Share Name and Photo option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Name and Photo Sharing to disable it.
Now that you know how to turn off name and photo sharing in Messages on an iPhone 11, you will no longer see the prompt that asks you to share that information with contacts.
If you elect to turn this setting back on in the future you will need to re-select your image.
Our guide here about the sent as text message iPhone notification can help to explain why some of the messages on your iPhone have a green bubble and some of them have a blue bubble.
If this setting is turned on, there is also a toggle that lets you share this information with contacts automatically or always asks you to share it.
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