Android Photo Contact Problems

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Hello! In this article we are solving the most common problems with contact photos in our Android devices.

Even though Android phones are the most reliable devices,  you may sometimes experience a few problems.

One of the most often ones concern contact photos.  We want them to appear but they just won't do it. We want them to be in high quality, but they will appear downsized and pixelated.

Android Photo Contact Problems!

Fortunately, you don't need to worry because on this site we solve all the most common problems with Android and update our troubleshooting section on a weekly basis (in response to your questions and comments.)  Now it's time to solve the most common Android photo contact problems.

Let's begin!

The Most Common Android Photo Contact Problems

Android photo contact problems

There are three main issues with Android  contact photos.

They include issues, such as, Facebook contact picture sync problem, poor quality of contact photos after syncing back  and  problems with assigning many different contact photos to a greater number of contacts.

We can solve most of them with the use of one or two great apps (which we describe in detail below). If some app doesn't seem to help, you can solve that issue manually (which we also show here). Ready?

Facebook Contact Picture Sync Problem

This is one of the most common problems.  You set up your Facebook account on your phone, sync  contacts and none or just a few  display pictures of friends. The problem practically doesn't exist in HTC phones (I didn't experience it in any of my HTC phones) but sometimes occurs in other devices. 

The problem is certainly worth solving because displaying contact pictures may sometimes come in very useful, e.g. when  you are at a business meeting, your phone is mute and you have just one sec to take a look at who's calling. So what can you do to fix that issue?

Make sure you REALLY synced contacts

The first thing to do is to check if you REALLY synced contacts with Facebook (sometimes you set up account but don't choose the option Contacts Sync.)

To check it, go to Facebook app, then tap Account > App settings > Sync Contacts. Check Sync with existing contacts and tap Done.  

Now, your contact photos should be synced.  What if it doesn't work?

Make Sync with existic contacts is checked!

Use an app designed specifically for syncing contact photos

Sometimes Facebook contact sync simply doesn't work properly. Fortunately, there are some great Android applications which will do that for you. I suggest using Facebook Contact Picture Sync. Using this app is very easy. You just have to log in using your Facebook account, wait until it displays your friend lists (showing matches) and then tap Sync Pictures. Done!

Contact Picture Sync just after launching.
All you have to do is log in, tap Sync and it's done!

Manually assign pictures if it's just about a few people

In most cases the second method solves the problem. If the problem still exists, you may want to manually assign photos to some contacts (if you need photos of just a few closest friends and family.)  To manually assign photos to contacts, go to Gallery, choose the photo you want to set as contact photo and then  tap Set as > Contact icon and choose the desired contact. Done!

This is how you manually solve Android photo contact problems. Just go to Gallery, choose a photo and tap Set as.
Choose Contact icon. That's all!

Horrible Quality of Google Contact Photos When Synced Back

This is another very common problem with contact photos.  You change a phone or restore factory settings, you sync back your Google contacts and you are shocked because they look horrible (they've been downsized to 96x96 and pixelated.) Aaaaa! What can you do?

Use a great app Contact Photo Sync

In a word, this app keeps a backup of your high quality contact photos in your Picasa Web Album (the album's called Android Contact Photos.)

After you've installed Contact Photo Sync, go to System Settings > Accounts & Sync >Your account and tick Sync Contact Photos. You will then be asked to allow the app to access your Picasa Web account. Your contact photos will be synced every eight hours.

Downloading Contact Photo Sync from Google Play.
Contact Photo Sync. A great way to get rid of the greatest Android photo contact problem.

Assigning Many Different Contact Photos to Many Contacts 

Ok, we've solved the two most common problems.

But what if you don't use Facebook and you just want to assign a photo of your own choice to a specific contact? There is also a very simple solution. 

Use Contact Photo Finder, another great app

Thanks to Contact Photo Finder, you can find pictures on the Internet (e.g. look for photos on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) and assign them to contacts on your contact list.

When you find a photo you want to use, you just have to single tap on it and it will be saved to your contact list. You can also crop a part of the photo, look for clipart images or import a picture from your gallery. See how it looks in the screenshots below:

You can also brown the web in search of contact photos.
Or use cliparts!

Did You Solve Your Android Photo Contact Problems?

Now it's time you told us what you think. Did you solve your problems with contact photos? Which solution worked for you? Do you know any other solutions you can recommend?

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