How to Add a Contact Picture on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Add a Contact Picture on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

The simplest way to add a picture to a contact is to have the image already stored in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. 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. Touch the icon where the contact’s picture would sit, or touch the existing picture assigned to the contact.

    The icon shows a generic placeholder when no picture is assigned.

  3. Select how you want to create a new contact image.

    You have four options:

    Image: Choose a photo you’ve already taken or one stored in the phone’s Gallery.

    Pictures by People: Similar to the Image choice, this item limits the selection to tagged pictures.

    Take Picture: Use the camera right now to snap an image of the contact.

    S Note: Use the S Note app to create a contact image.

    If you choose the Image option, continue with Step 4. If you choose to take a picture, use the phone’s camera to snap the picture. Touch the Save button, and then skip down to Step 6.

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

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

    The next step is to crop the image so that only the portion relevant to the contact is presented.

  6. If you see the Complete Action Using prompt, choose the Crop Picture item.

    The Crop Picture item is related to the Gallery, which is the traditional Android photo-management app.

  7. Optionally, crop the image.

    Drag the blue rectangle to include the portion of the image you want for the contact.

  8. Touch the Done button to crop the image and assign it to the contact.

    The image now appears whenever the contact is referenced on your phone.


You can add pictures to contacts on 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 Galaxy Note.

  • 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 get rid of the contact’s existing picture, edit the contact. Touch the image and choose the Remove command. You cannot remove or change images for contacts linked from social networking sites.