Adding pictures or a photo to a contact on your Android mobile is a very convenient way to quickly see who is calling you. This is especially important if you have vision problems and find it hard to read the name displayed. My recommendation is to add pictures to the contacts so you can see them easier when you go to dial or receive a phone call.
By default, Android puts a generic block letter for a person not established as a contact for their image. And, depending on who the person is, you might want to change the picture to something that makes them easier to identify when chiming in.
Note: For this article, I’m using stock Android 8.0 Oreo on a Nexus 6P. The steps may vary a bit depending on the version of Android and other software the handset manufacturer puts on your device for managing contacts.
Add Photos to Android Contacts
Launch the Phone app and find the contact you would like to change the picture for and tap it to open the contact card. Or, if you have multiple accounts linked on your phone it might be easier to open the Contacts app and the account the person is linked to.
If you have multiple accounts linked on your phone it might be easier to open the Contacts app and the account the person is linked to.
Once you select the contact, enter Edit Mode first. Otherwise, you might trigger a call by tapping their picture. In Oreo, tap the edit icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Once in Edit Mode, tap the person’s image and then you should get the option to either take a picture or choose one.
Edit the picture to your liking and make sure to save the changes when finished.
Usually, I will just change a contact’s picture on-the-fly. I can open the Phone app to the recently called list, and tap the vertical ellipsis on the upper-right corner of the icon to go into Edit Mode and choose a different picture.
Again, steps will vary depending on your device. Still, the idea is mostly the same on all versions. For example, everything looks completely different on my HTC One but knowing what to look for it’s easy to figure out.
If you have a different version of Android or software specific to the manufacturer, let us know what I might have left out in the comment section below.