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

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

Oh, and you could use nice pictures as well, but what’s the fun in that?

The simplest way to add a picture to a contact 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 that’s already 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. Edit the contact’s information.

    Touch the Edit icon or, if it’s unavailable, touch the Action Overflow or Menu icon and choose the Edit command or Edit Contact command.

  3. Touch the icon where the contact’s picture would go, or touch the existing picture assigned to the contact.

    The icon shows a generic human image when no picture is assigned.

  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.

  9. Save the cropped image.

    Touch the OK, Save, or Done button.

    The image is cropped but not yet assigned.

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  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.

The contact’s image appears whenever they contact you, such as by sending e-mail, in a Google hangout, as well as other instances when the contact is referenced in your tablet.

  • If you would rather use the tablet to take a picture of the contact, choose the Take Photo, Take Picture, or Take New Photo command in Step 4. Use the tablet’s Camera app to take a picture. After you’ve taken the picture, touch the OK icon or the Check Mark icon, and then proceed with cropping the image.

  • Pictures can also be added by your Gmail friends and contacts when they add their own images to their accounts.

  • You may also see pictures assigned to your contacts based on pictures supplied on Facebook or other social networking sites.

  • Some images in the Gallery 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, follow Steps 1 through 3 in the preceding list. Choose the Remove Photo command to get rid of the existing image.

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