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How to Assign a Photo to a Contact on Your Android Tablet

Nothing can be more delicious than snapping an inappropriate picture of someone you know with your Android tablet and using the picture as his or her contact picture. Then, every time the person e-mails you, that embarrassing, potentially career-ending photo comes up.

The simplest way to add a picture to one of your contacts is to have the image already stored in the tablet. You can snap a picture and save it, grab a picture from the Internet, or use any image stored in the Gallery app. The image doesn’t even have to be a picture of the contact — any image will do.

After you store the contact’s photo or any other suitable image on your tablet, follow these steps to update the contact’s information:

  1. Locate and display the contact’s information.

  2. Touch the Edit icon.

  3. Touch the Contact Picture icon.

    The picture shows a generic icon instead of a photograph. (If a photograph is already there, you can change it.)

  4. Choose Picture or Album to fetch the image from the tablet’s storage.

    If you have other image management apps on your tablet, you can instead choose the app’s command from the list. Otherwise:

  5. Choose Gallery.

    The photo gallery is displayed. It lists all photos and videos stored on your tablet.

  6. Browse the photo gallery to look for a suitable image.

  7. Touch the image you want to use for the contact.

  8. Crop the image.

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  9. Touch the OK or Done button.

    The image is cropped but not yet assigned.

  10. Touch the OK, Save, or Done button to finish editing the contact.

    The image is now assigned, and it appears whenever the contact is referenced.

You can add pictures to contacts in your Google account by using any computer. Just visit your Gmail Contacts list to edit a contact. You can then add to that contact any picture stored on your computer. The picture is eventually synced with the same contact on your tablet.

  • If the contact is in your presence, you can always take his or her picture using your Android tablet. In Step 4 in the preceding list, choose the command Take Photo or Take New Photo, and then snap that picture.

  • Your Gmail contacts can add contact images when they add their own images to their Google accounts.

  • Some images in the Gallery app may not work for contact icons. For example, images synchronized with your online photo albums may be unavailable.

  • To remove or change a contact’s picture, choose the Remove or Remove Photo command in Step 4.

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