I set images for a few of my contacts using MobileMe’s web interface (www.me.com). I was terribly disappointed to see that they showed up as just tiny thumbnails in the top right corner! Where were the full screen sized gorgeous photos like on the commercial?!
A little digging and I figured it out. Find the glamorous photos of each of your friends (from sites like Flickr or your own personal collection) and then follow the instructions below.
How to get Full Screen Size Photos for iPhone Contacts
Full sized images come from assigning a photo to a contact on the iPhone. To do this…
- In iPhoto set up a new album. I named mine “Contacts”. In this album put all the photos you’d like to use for your contacts. I suggest 1200×1600 sized photos because that’s what the iPhone photos are (so you’ll get a consistent experience).
- In iTunes, sync this album to your iPhone.
- On the iPhone, go to Photos, and select a photo and push the button on the bottom left of the screen. Select “Assign to Contact”.
After you’re finished assigning the image to the contact, you can remove (by not syncing the image/album through iTunes) the photo while it still leaves your contact image intact.
…or, if you’d prefer…
Small Thumbnail Photos for Contacts
To have just thumbnails, set up all your images for contacts using your email client on the Mac, or the MobileMe website.
From Small to Full Size Contact Photos in iPhone
What if you have small thumbnails from syncing from Outlook or MobileMe and you want to make them big? Easy—well sort of, it’s one-by-one!—you just have edit each iPhone contact by following these steps…
- Go to “Edit” the contact
- Tap on the contact’s photo
- Tap “Edit Photo”
- Tap “Set Photo”
- Tap “Done”