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How To Add Pictures to Contacts on your Android Mobile

Add photos to your android contacts

Hey groovy dudes,

I bought a new Android phone, and it is great, but I can’t read the screen. I’m terribly farsighted, and reading glasses give me a headache. I can’t read the numbers, so is there a way to just set a picture of who is calling me?



Hi Joey,

First, thanks for being a great groovyReader!  I understand your problem and lucky for you; I know an easy way to hopefully help ya out a little.  My recommendation is to add pictures to the contacts so you can see them easier when you go to dial.  Take a look at the groovyPost steps below and let me know if this works out for you!

Step 1

Take your phone and try to get pictures of all your contacts.  Trust me; this is probably the hardest part!

Once you have all the photos, jump down to Step 2.

Step 2

Open the Contact list on your phone.  Open the Contact you want to edit and press Settings, Edit.

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Step 3

With the contact open, Click the Square with the little head and plus sign in it.

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The phone will give you the option to select a photo from your Album or to capture a new photo on the fly.  Since we already have all the photos were going to use, we will just use those from our album.

Step 4

Select Album, find the photo and select it.

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The phone will show you a yellow border. If you touch the border, it will show four arrows. These arrows mean that you can drag the border any way you want to make the picture bigger or smaller. For this example it’s all about my dad, so I don’t want to be in the picture. Resize the frame and press save.

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You can see the picture is now connected to the contact. Press save again, and you are done!  If you sync your phone with a service like Google Gmail, your contacts should sync there as well – so if you wipe your phone there will be no need to repeat this process.  Now that’s a time saver!

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Now go take some pictures!

[Photo Credits: Faces courtesy of Dad and MrGroove the cyborg!]

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12 Responses to How To Add Pictures to Contacts on your Android Mobile

  1. Vadim May 25, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    mrgroove the android!!!! I knew he was a robot!

    • MrGroove May 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      Indeed… I’ve been working out. 😉

  2. Ahmed January 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    thanks….but what is the privacy??….if I use a picture for my Dad contact, and sync it with gmail…will my other friends be able to see that picture?

  3. sm June 12, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    this works when the contacts are saved on phone and does not work when they are stored on SD Card. Pl. clarify how to add pic to contacts stored on SD Card. I have a Samsung Galaxy Y SCH-i509 CDMA handset with Gingerbread 2.3.6

  4. Lou October 18, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Sounds like you are more technically ahead of the game than I am so can you tell me how to transfer photo s from my p.c. to my android phone?

  5. panks December 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    While adding contact picture it goes to Google+ instead of step to crop the picture. What is happening ? please help.

    • dereklowe March 12, 2015 at 4:51 am #

      dear sir i am having problems trying to add photo from phone to contact but with no success as i have tried to follow the instruction as stated on your web site as my phone is a galaxy s3 mini mode gt 1800n,or whether i have to go to my local Vodafone store for advice.
      Yours Faithfully
      Derek Lowe

  6. bhawesh March 26, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    After following the above process my phone is unable to do so and instead it shows that no picture on phone memory although Pictures are available.

  7. Jane July 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    My Huawei Y625 does the opposite – when I select the picture then select “Add to contact”, it tells me I have no contacts, even though I have many … In the Contacts list, you can edit everything BUT the picture.

  8. Ellie Scadden July 19, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    My phone is a Hauwei Y635 which I got on my birthday some of the contacts I added then and now it wont ket me add a profile picture for them.

  9. Anum tariq September 19, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    How to add picture to a contact in QMobile Z9 ??? There is no option of photo in contact????

  10. fatin batrisya December 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    I want this contact photo

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