How to Add a Picture to an Android Phone Contact - dummies

How to Add a Picture to an Android Phone Contact

By Dan Gookin

To add a picture to a contact on your Android, you can snap a picture and save it, grab a picture from the Internet, or use any image already stored in the phone’s Gallery app. The image doesn’t even have to be a picture of the contact — any image will do.

After the contact’s photo or any other suitable image is stored on the phone, 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 or Edit Contact command.

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

    When no picture is assigned, the icon shows a generic human image.

  4. Touch the Choose Photo from Gallery command.

    The option could be titled Select Photo from Gallery or just Gallery.

    If you have another image management app on your phone, you can instead choose the app’s command from the list.

  5. Browse the Gallery to look for a suitable image.

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

  7. Optionally, crop the image.

    You can use the figure as a guide, though the cropping tool on your phone may look different from the one shown in the figure.


  8. Touch the Save button to set the cropped image.

    At this point, the image is cropped and set in the contact’s information, but that information hasn’t yet been saved.

  9. If necessary, touch the Done or Save button to finish editing the contact.

    The image is assigned, and it appears whenever the contact is referenced on your phone.

The contact’s image appears when the person calls, in the text messaging app, as well as other instances when the contact is referenced in your phone.

  • When the contact has no image, a generic image or icon appears.

  • If you would rather use the phone to take a picture of the contact, choose the Take Photo or Take New Photo command in Step 4. Use the phone’s Camera app to take a picture. After you’ve taken the picture, touch OK or the check mark icon, and then proceed with Step 7.

  • 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 1–3 in the preceding list. Choose the Remove Photo command to get rid of the existing image.