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How to add a profile picture in WhatsApp

It's always nice to put a face to a name.
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November 18, 2023

Everyone likes to personalize their online presence, and this is especially true with user profiles. Putting a face to the name makes someone feel more real if you’ve never met them in real life before. Since WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world by far, let’s look at how to add, change, and remove a profile picture on WhatsApp.

QUICK ANSWER

To change your profile picture on WhatsApp, go into the Settings. Then, tap on your profile, select your image, and hit the pencil icon. Hit Gallery, pick your image, make your edits, and select Done.


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How to change your profile picture on WhatsApp (Android and iOS)

If you’re using a mobile device, chances are it runs either Android or iOS. The steps are nearly identical, but we will let you know when there are differences.

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. On Android, tap on the three-dot menu icon and hit Settings. On iPhone, tap on the Settings tab.
  3. On top, tap on your profile, which is labeled as your name.
  4. Tap the image.
  5. On Android, tap on the pencil icon. On iPhone, hit the Edit option.
  6. You can now opt to take a picture, use an avatar, or select an image in your gallery. These are labeled differently on Android and iOS, but they are self-explanatory.
  7. Pick your image, edit it, and hit Done (or Choose, on iOS).

How to change your profile picture on WhatsApp (desktop)

Things are a little different if you’re using WhatsApp web or the desktop app.

  1. Launch WhatsApp Web.
  2. Click on your profile icon, in the top-left corner.
  3. Click on the profile photo again.
  4. Select Take photo or Upload photo.
  5. Shoot or select the image.
  6. Make your changes and hit the checkmark button.

How to add a profile picture to a WhatsApp group (Android and iOS)

WhatsApp groups are always fun, so picking the right image for it is crucial. Here’s how to set it.

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Find the WhatsApp group.
  3. Tap on the photo icon, or where the photo icon would be, if there isn’t one yet.
  4. Tap on the image again.
  5. On Android, tap on the pencil icon. On iPhone, hit the Edit option.
  6. You can now opt to take a picture, use an emoji/sticker, or select an image in your gallery. These are labeled differently on Android and iOS, but they are self-explanatory.
  7. Pick your image, edit it, and hit Done (or Choose, on iOS).

How to add a profile picture to a WhatsApp group (desktop)

The process of adding a profile picture to a WhatsApp group on the desktop is very similar.

  1. Launch WhatsApp Web.
  2. Find the WhatsApp group and open it.
  3. On the group chat’s top-left corner, tap on the photo icon, or where the photo icon would be, if there isn’t one yet.
  4. Tap on the image again.
  5. Select Take photo or Upload photo.
  6. Shoot or select the image.
  7. Make your changes and hit the checkmark button.

FAQs

No. If someone has blocked you on WhatsApp, you will no longer be able to see their picture. And if you block them, they can’t see your picture anymore, either.

No. You can either set your privacy settings to show your profile picture to all contacts or nobody at all. There’s no “middle ground” option.