There’s a lot of different ways that the apps on your iPhone can interact with each other, including some fun ones that let you customize certain elements of the display. One of these methods involves setting a photo for a contact, which will then appear in some locations when you interact with that contact. One of these locations is the Messages app, where you can see a contact photo for a contact that you have customized on your iPhone.
Our tutorial below will show you how to enable contact photos in the Messages app, plus we will show you how to set a contact photo for that contact so it appears in the app. While you’re on the Messages menu, it could be a good time to enable text message forwarding on your iPhone, too.
How to Enable Contact Photos on the iPhone Messages App – iOS 11
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3. While these steps were performed in iOS 11, these same steps will also work for some older versions of iOS as well.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Select the Messages option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Show Contact Photos. The pictures will appear when there is green shading around the button, but they will be hidden when there is no shading around the button. I have disabled contact photos in iPhone messages in the picture below.
If you have enabled contact photos for your Messages app, you may find that you are only seeing contact’s initials. This is because you need to have added a picture for a contact if you want it to appear in this location. You can add a contact photo by opening the Phone app and choosing the Contacts tab.
The choosing the contact for whom you wish to set a contact photo and tapping the Edit button at the top-right of the screen.
You can then tap the add photo button at the top-left of the screen.
Then select Take Photo if you want to take a picture with your camera now, or select Choose Photo if you wish to use one from your camera roll.
Once you’ve chosen the picture that you wish to use, you should see it in the circle at the top-left of the screen. Then click the Done button at the top-right of the screen.
You should now be able to open the Messages app and see this picture next to the conversation with that contact.
Do you have so many contacts on your iPhone that it’s becoming difficult to find the ones you actually need? Find out about several ways to delete contacts on your iPhone if it’s time to start clearing out your contact list.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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