How to Change a Thumbnail in the People Album on iPhone (2023)

Here's how to change the featured photo for a person in the People album on iPhone or iPad.

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Apple's Photos app shows a key photo or thumbnail for each person included in the People album on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how to change that thumbnail in a few easy steps.

Related: How to Add a Name to the People Album in Photos on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Pick your favorite photo as the thumbnail for each person in your People album. 
  • Change up the featured photo as people switch up their style and age.

How to Change a Featured Image in the People Album on iPhone

Can you change the thumbnail for a person in the People album on your iPhone or iPad? Of course! Here's how to change a featured image in the People album super quickly. For more great Photos app tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
  2. Tap the People album, then tap a person.

    tap the people album
  3. Tap Select.

    tap select to see thumbnail options
  4. Tap Show Faces

    tap show faces
  5. Tap the photo you’d like to use as the key photo, or Show More if you don’t see a picture you like.
  6. Tap the photo you want, then tap the Share icon

    tap the photo, then the share icon
  7. Tap Make Key Photo.

    tap make key photo
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.