You can use a memoji or animoji, your initials with a custom color, or any picture on your iPhone. Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad. Tap Edit Name and Photo in the pop-up. Swipe left or right to choose an option. The last on the right is More Options , and will let you select a photograph from your Photos or iCloud. You'll be asked if you want to use the same photo and name in your Apple ID , and the My Card in contacts your entry for yourself in your Contacts app roledex. Personally, I prefer all those different places to show the same name, since it keeps things simple. But they serve different functions, so you could set them to different things. It's up to you!
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Change your Apple ID picture to a custom Memoji avatar
Benjamin Mayo. With iOS 13 for iPhone and iPad, you can now set up your own iMessage profile with a first name, last name, and profile picture. The next time you chat to someone with iMessage, they can update their local contact info to see your new photo and details.
How to set a custom name and photo through the Messages app
Create a Memoji to match your personality and mood, then make as many alter egos as you want in Messages and FaceTime. From there, you can use them to bring personality to Messages, Mail, and other apps. Quickly create and share a photo or video with Memoji:. Want to change a Memoji you already created? You can edit the features or duplicate an existing Memoji with new features, or delete a Memoji. You also need to have iCloud Drive turned on. Or go to an existing conversation. Customize the features of your memoji — like skintone, hairstyle, eyes, and more. Tap Done.
Beginning with iOS 13, you can automatically beam your preferred name and photo or Memoji to other iOS users when they chat with you in the Messages app—although they can choose whether to use them or not. Not only does this option let your friends and contacts see you as you want them to see you, but it also eradicates some of the more tedious steps of adding new people to your Contacts app. You can set this up straight through the Messages app, which is super convenient when you want to swap photos on the fly.