Create a Custom Contact Poster to Display Your Name in Style

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With the release of iOS 17, Apple introduced a feature called the Contact Poster. Contact Posters let you choose what people see when you call them, so now you can display your favorite photo when calling your friends. I love this new feature and have already been experimenting and playing around with all the customization options. Here's how to do it!

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Personalize the way you show up on other people's phones when calling them.
  • Create multiple Contact Posters and switch them whenever you want, depending on the circumstance or mood.
  • Both parties must be using iOS 17 to see Contact Posters when being called.

How to Create and Customize Contact Posters on iPhone

System Requirements

You must have updated to iOS 17 in order to use this tip. The following models are compatible with iOS 17:

  • iPhone 14, 14+, Pro, Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, 13 mini, Pro, Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, 12 mini, Pro, Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, Pro, Pro Max
  • iPhone XS, XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Not only is this feature cool just for the sake of making your iPhone experience more personalized, it's also a great way to distinguish between two different phones. For instance, if your partner has two phones, one for work and one for personal use, the Contact Poster can be a simple way to distinguish what phone the contact is calling on, even if the contact name is the same. If you like tips about how to customize your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. On your iPhone, open Contacts.

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  2. Tap My Card.

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  3. Tap Contact Photo & Poster.

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  4. Before you get into editing the image, I recommend you enter your first and last name so you can see how it will look in the example.

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  5. Then, choose if you'd like this Contact Poster to be shared with your contacts when you make calls and texts, and enable Name & Photo Sharing.

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  6. If you choose to enable Name & Photo Sharing, you can choose to enable it with all your contacts or to have your iPhone ask before it shares the Contact Poster.

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  7. Now, tap Edit.

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  8. Tap the blue plus button to create a new Contact Poster from scratch.

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  9. Choose whether you'd like to take a photo now, choose from existing photos, use a memoji, or use a simple but classic monogram. For this example, I chose Photos.

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  10. Once you select a photo, swipe from right to left to view filter options. 

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  11. Tap your name from Font & Color options.

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  12. When you're finished, tap Done.

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  13. Next, you'll be shown a preview of what your new contact poster will look like when you call another iPhone user. If you like it, tap Continue.

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  14. Next, you can choose to update your Contact Photo if you like. If not, tap Skip in the top right. Otherwise, go to step 15.

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  15. You can tap Crop to adjust what part of the photo is cropped.

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  16. Or, you can tap Customize Photo to create a custom Contact Photo to go along with your new Contact Poster.

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  17. Again, choose whether you'd like to take a photo now, choose from existing photos, use a memoji, or use a simple but classic monogram. For this example, I chose an Emoji.

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  18. When you're done, click Next.

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And that's how you create and customize the new Contact Poster feature in the Contacts app!

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.