Why are my contact pictures not showing up in iPhone messages? Here’s Real Fix

Last Updated on Aug 19, 2020

Saved contact picture on the text message or iMessage is attractive features for iPhone and iPod touch users. From iOS 8 and later running big display size iPhones come up with a toggle that enables messages with contact pictures. But for the users who have made wrong settings, Can’t enable or show up contact photo on each recipient. Don’t worry. Here I’ll show you fix Message is not showing contact picture on iOS.

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Solved Message is not showing contact picture on iPhone

Note: Before attempting bottom steps, make sure you have assigned a picture to a contact on your iPhone or iPad. without the assigned picture, your phone message app won’t show you an image next to the contact. So please check out first. in case you have added a photo to a specific contact, however, picture not showing next to that contact in the messaging app, then you should take the following actions.

The answer to How do you get the contact picture to show in messages on the iPhone? On small screen iOS device (less than the 4.7-inch display, iPhone 5S or earlier device doesn’t show up contact profile picture). But you have iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S or 6S Plus, iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 or later then you are able to set up contact image in the messaging app.

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap Messages
  3. Turn toggle Show Contact Photos ON/Green.

Enable Show Contact photos beside Messages on iPhone

Now you can get pictures beside messages on your iPhone. For not saved picture on contacts would be black profile icon, See below image.

Solution #1: Not showing contact picture on iPhone after enabled in Setting app

In this case, if you have enabled Zoom display mode. Please, you need to revert to the standard display mode. Cause display Zoom won’t allow iPhone to show contact Photo in Messages. The Display view is set to zoom it will disable it.

By the way, Display zoom makes iCon big in size compared to normal size. But it restricts some functions of iOS. Therefore, users reporting after Zoom display the Show Contact Photos option missing/ disappeared in Messages Settings. So you guys, disable Zoom Display to get Show Contact Photos Settings back.

Check and verify by

  1. Go to the Settings
  2. Tap Display & Brightness
  3. Tap Display Zoom (Choose Standard)
  4. Next tap Set appears top right corner.

Sometimes restart required for change settings.Message is not showing contact picture for iphone, iPad

Solution #2: Make sure a Contact has Picture in Contacts App

The same contact number saved on different contacts name means to avoid contact name duplication and set perfect Profile photo for that.

  • Go to the Contacts or Phone app > Find a Contact > You can search by a type name in the search box or contact number (xxx-xxx-xxxx) in format.
  • Tap on Name; there you want to set a profile picture. Next, Tap on Edit from the top right corner.
  • add photo > Choose Photo/ Take Photo.
  • Tap on Done. It looks like Whatsapp profile.

Set profile picture for message app

The above solutions are perfect in most cases when the Message is not showing contact pictures on the iPhone.

Note: in the latest iOS running iPhone – you can enable hide alert for the Messages. just Open Message app, now tap and hold on a message thread then swipe left, you will get hide alert option to stop notification alert.

Solution #3: Turn Off Contacts inside iCloud and Turn again to Fix

  • #1: Go to Settings App
  • #2: Tap Apple ID profile
  • #3: Click on iCloud
  • #4: Tun toggle Contacts Off/white.

    Tap on iCloud and turn contacts toggle off

    Tap on iCloud and turn contacts toggle off

  • #5: Your Apple iPhone should ask “What would you like to do with the previously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone?” Tap “Keep on My iPhone“.
  • #6: After that, hit the Contacts toggle again to turn it back on and it should prompt screen you to “Merge” the all Contacts information from the iPhone with the iCloud. Choose merge.

That’s it.

  • Now open the Apple Messages app and check it out.
Tap Keep on Phone and turn toggle of contacts on then tap merge this may back contact picture in message app

Tap Keep on Phone and turn toggle of contacts on then tap merge this may back contact picture in message app

I hope, This third solution fixed your problem of Message is not showing contact Picture on iPhone.

Bottom Line:

Many users say that add an extra phone number to your phone app contact. So if you edit contact and go to ‘add number’ screen.

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it doesn’t matter Even the same as the above phone number. Just Save it and possibly it should carry contact picture over on to iMessage chat.

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